The American giant encourages victims to step forward, while promising a safe space for them.
The video game industry lives in times of anxiety. It is not that the dirt has just adhered to the carpet, but that it had been under the carpet for many years. After some voices dared to rise, some companies are taking action on the matter. The next to join has been Electronic Arts, which has already announced that it will listen to anyone who has something to say about misconduct both within the company and in their communities.
Employees who have suffered sexual harassment or abuse may inform their superiors, although they will also have the possibility to do so through the Raise a Concern program, in this case anonymously. Players who suffer something similar in the communities can use the tools of each game to report, as detailed in this link.
Our stance on harassment, abuse and misconducts in light of the events of the last few days. More information: https://t.co/aPL4HqvXGJ pic.twitter.com/siqgJh5yBn
– Electronic Arts (@EA) June 29, 2020
“Being part of the gaming community, whether as an employee, creator, player, etc., should be something positive, fun, fair, inclusive, and most importantly, a safe experience,” says EA. This is part of our commitment to [el programa] Positive Play. We intend to continue acting ”, they continue.
The North American company is looking with concern at the situation the industry is experiencing: “In recent times, we have seen and heard a number of troubling stories about sexual harassment, abuse and misbehavior in our industry. We want to make our position very clear: these behaviors are never okay, neither in our communities nor anywhere. Electronic Arts supports anyone who has taken a step to report abuse, so we ask that anyone who has experienced any form of sexual harassment or abuse in our community be heard. ” The company ensures that they take complaints very seriously and investigate them. “We are committed to making sure there are safe spaces for people who choose to report.”
According to EA, “there is still a lot of work to do”, a few words that resonate just when another of the big companies in the sector, Ubisoft, has announced that it has launched an investigation after several members of its teams were named, including the already former creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail.