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New Report from Kotaku Alleges Discrimination, Sexual Harassment at Nintendo of America

Word of warning: this article discusses sexual harassment and discrimination, which may be sensitive to some readers. Given the nature of these topics, we understand if you choose not to read this article.

Word of warning: this article discusses sexual harassment and discrimination, which may be sensitive to some readers. Given the nature of these topics, we understand if you choose not to read this article.


UPDATE 8/17 9:50PM ET: Doug Bowser, President of Nintendo of America, released an internal memo to staff stating the company is investigating the allegations of sexual harassment and is taking them seriously: read our latest coverage.


Kotaku has published a report that alleges Nintendo of America contractors from the Aston Carter (Aerotek) firm have been subject to “years of sexual harassment.” The outlet spoke with ten different people who worked at NoA within the past ten years, and was told about some very disturbing accusations. In one instance, a male translator allegedly posted screenshots from Reddit describing why Vaporeon was the best Pokémon to have sex with.

Another employee, who worked as a tester on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, alleged that “Your chance [of being converted to full time] was probably worse as a girl,” and further clarified that “It’s usually guys [who get promoted].”

The report is very disturbing, and comes as the most recent accusations against NoA and Aston Carter were filed in a workplace complaint. (The National Labor Relations Board lists NoA and Aston Carter as joint employers.)

If you have a few minutes, we recommend reading the full report over on Kotaku.

[Sources: Kotaku, Nintendo Life]

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