Rocksteady is among the greatest sport studios within the UK, being best-known for its work on the Batman: Arkham franchise. According to a new report from The Guardian, 10 of the 16 girls on the studio signed a letter to their bosses in 2018 that accused administration of permitting a tradition of sexual harassment and inappropriate habits to fester.
As an nameless signatory to the letter revealed, it was initially stored non-public because of the firm’s secretive nature, in addition to fears that the signers could be stored off the credit for the studio’s upcoming Suicide Squad sport. (This is a pervasive and justified fear within the video games trade amongst weak staff.) However, in response to the report, for the reason that letter was despatched, administration’s response has been a single hour-long coaching seminar, and a number of other of the signers have since left the corporate attributable to working situations.
“I have heard everything from groping claims to incidents involving directors, all of whom are men,” the signatory informed the Guardian. “Yet the only thing we had as a result was a company-wide seminar that lasted an hour. Everyone who attended was asked to sign a statement confirming that they’d received the training. It felt that it was a just way for them to cover their arses.”
Rocksteady provided a press release in response to the allegations going public. “In 2018 we received a letter from some of our female employees expressing concerns they had at that time, and we immediately took firm measures to address the matters that were raised,” a portion of it reads. “Over the subsequent two years we have carefully listened to and learned from our employees, working to ensure every person on the team feels supported. In 2020 we are more passionate than ever to continue to develop our inclusive culture, and we are determined to stand up for all of our staff.”
According to The Guardian, after Rocksteady’s administration turned conscious of the upcoming report, the studio known as an all-hands assembly, promising initiatives to forestall additional discrimination. Rocksteady was within the information just lately selling its newly-revealed Suicide Squad game.
These new allegations come on the heels of a widespread reckoning with sexual harassment and sexism throughout the video games trade, with giant corporations like Ubisoft firing several employees throughout its many studios for poisonous, unlawful, and unethical habits.