The ongoing Activision Blizzard fiasco has prompted a quantity of high-profile firms to speak about poisonous work environments, and writer Electronic Arts is the most recent firm to chime in.
In an interview with Games Industry, govt Chris Bruzzo mentioned that having “bad actors” and toxicity in giant organizations is inevitable, however it’s as much as the administration to behave well timed and appropriately. Bruzzo acknowledged that as an organization with over 10,000 staff, EA too has its points, however it has a crew devoted to investigating complaints and taking obligatory steps to handle them. Bruzzo revealed that EA needed to take “some significant actions and dismiss employees, etc. over the last several years.”
“We’re encouraging people to raise their hands,” Bruzzo advised Games Industry. “We’re trying to make it easier for them. So I think we’re going to have a ballooning of incidents, so that we can actually identify more of the things that are disruptive and take action on them.”
EA recently fired lead Apex Legends developer, Daniel Z Klein, after racist and sexist feedback he made in a weblog again in 2007 resurfaced. Although the feedback – some of which had been fairly graphic – had been made a very long time in the past, involved gamers identified that Klein was effectively into his 30s on the time he wrote them, so he wasn’t precisely juvenile.
“Are there going to be places where some bad actors or toxic environments exist inside the Electronic Arts employment culture? Of course,” Bruzzo continued. “Once you get to that level, that size of a population, you almost can’t avoid it. [But] just like on the player toxicity side, you have to have a team that investigates complaints and takes action.”
[Source: Games Industry]