Earlier this week, California presented a paper lawsuit against Activision Blizzard which alleges a culture of sexual and racial harassment and discrimination in the company. In response, Activision Blizzard claimed the lawsuit was "distorted and, in many cases, false," and called the California agency "inexplicable state bureaucrats." Somewhat surprisingly, a developer who is not involved in the lawsuit, Bungie, has now released a statement of his own declaring a “zero tolerance policy” for “toxic culture” in his workplace.
The developer of Destiny 2 had a ten-year publishing deal with Activision Blizzard starting in 2010, which was terminated in early 2019. Bungie has had nothing to do with the company since then, but eight years have passed working with her, and so perhaps she wants to set her own tone.
Here is Bungie's full statement:
"Bungie is based on empowering our people, regardless of who they are, where they are from or how they identify. We have a responsibility to recognize, reflect and do what we can to push back a persistent culture of harassment, abuse, and inequality that exists in our industry.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that this type of behavior is not tolerated in Bungie at any level, and that we never excuse or sweep it under the rug. Although this week's news accounts are difficult to read, hopefully lead to justice, awareness, and accountability.
“We have a zero tolerance policy at Bungie for environments that support this toxic culture and we are committed to rooting them out to defend those at risk.
"Women, the POC and underrepresented communities have nothing to gain from reliving their trauma. We believe them when they report abuse or harassment.
"We don't pretend that Bungie is perfect and that no one has experienced harassment while working here, but we will not tolerate it and face it head on. And we will continue to do the work every day to be better.
"Our goal is to continue to enhance the experience of everyone who works at Bungie and do our part to make the gaming industry in general more welcoming and inclusive."
Bungie is based on empowering our people, no matter who they are, where they come from or how they identify. We have a responsibility to recognize, reflect on, and do our best to reverse the persistent culture of harassment, abuse, and inequality that exists in our industry.July 22, 2021
Bungie's split from Activision in 2019 came as a surprise, although there was evidence of slow-fire tensions. Activision's COO said in a 2018 earnings call that the publisher he was not satisfied with the performance of Destiny 2, especially the Forsaken expansion, and this caused Bungie to get defensive, albeit politely.
Although the 2019 split was publicly friendly, comments from former Bungie employees have indicated that he wasn’t always happy. Former Bungie composer Marty O & # 39; Donnell dit of the relationship that "it was not at all a marriage made in heaven."
Not everyone agrees, at least not publicly. Bungie communications director David Dague said last year that Activision was not a “prohibitive gentleman” during the publishing relationship and that the division was friendly.
Outside of Bungie, Activision Blizzard demand has provoked a wide range of reactions from fans and industry professionals, both on social media and to Activision Blizzard Games.