The Japanese company calls the behavior of some of its players “inadmissible” and makes its position clear, contrary to these attitudes.
Nintendo has released a statement against the conduct of possible sexual abuse by some members of the competitive community of the series Super Smash Bros. The famous fighting video game saga of the company, has been in the news recently after the accusation to more 50 world-class players — including some professionals and commentators — for alleged sexual messages, hate, harassment, abuse, and even pedophilia.
The testimonies of those affected have had a great impact and, finally, Nintendo’s response as the owner of the rights to the name of the video game has not been made to beg. “From Nintendo, we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against some members of the competitive video game community,” they begin by saying. And they qualify the facts as “absolutely inadmissible.” And they expand: “We want to make it clear that we condemn all acts of violence, harassment and abuse against anyone, we are on the side of the victims,” a company representative told GamesIndustry.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Nintendo Switch)
NRG Esports and T1 sever relations with accused players
So far, approximately half of the personalities accused or involved in these acts have issued a public response; some acknowledging the facts, others denying the greatest. Among those noted is the player Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada (183,000 followers). His team, NRG Esports, has indicated in a message published on the social network Twitter that they have broken relations with him. “This morning, we have been alerted to puzzling information regarding Nairo. We take this situation very seriously. NRG has separated all its connection with Nairo ”, they indicate. Likewise, Quezada has responded with an apology message to the person who accuses him and declares that he is committed to being able to help. “I will not make excuses. My behavior was wrong. I was wrong. I deeply feel it ”, he wields.
In parallel, the T1 team has ended its relationship with emerging player Jason ‘Anti’ Bates on “serious allegations of inappropriate conduct”. If we add to this that the former CEO and president of EVO, the largest wrestling tournament of the year in the world, has been expelled from the organization on serious accusations of sexual abuse of minors, there are more and more cases that go to the light of abuse and harassment. Without going any further, Ashraf Ismail has left Ubisoft after a similar situation; We are talking about the creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The French company will not tolerate this type of behavior.