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Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser Says Activision Reports are 'Distressing and Disturbing'

Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser Says Activision Reports are 'Distressing and Disturbing' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 November 2021 / 1,441 Views

It was revealed last week Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew for years about the sexual misconduct allegations at the gaming giant.

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan in an email to PlayStation employees said he was "disheartened and frankly stunned to read," while the head of Xbox Phil Spencer also in an email to Xbox employees said Xbox is "evaluating all aspects of our relationship" with Activision Blizzard. He and the gaming leadership team are "disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions" at the publisher.

Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has now sent out an email to the rest of the company acquired by Fanbyte addressing the ongoing situation at Activision Blizzard.

"Along with all of you, I’ve been following the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity at the company,” Bowser said. "I find these accounts distressing and disturbing, They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies."

Bowser added Nintendo is committed to having a workplace that is open and inclusive for everyone. He expects the same for their partners and from the entire video game industry.

Bowser said representatives at Nintendo have been "in contact with Activision, have taken action and are assessing others."

Bowser said Nintendo is working with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) to strengthen stances against harassment and abuse in the workplace. Nintendo and Activision Blizzard are members of the ESA.

"Every company in the industry must create an environment where everyone is respected and treated as equals, and where all understand the consequences of not doing so," he added.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments
SuperNintend0rk (on 22 November 2021)

Even Bowser finds the reports disturbing... I mean, how many times has he kidnapped Peach?! :P

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mjk45 SuperNintend0rk (on 22 November 2021)

Lot's but Nintendo's management doesn't turn a blind eye they send in their Head of HR Mario to take care of it.

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SuperNintend0rk mjk45 (on 22 November 2021)

True! Activision should send in Crash Bandicoot to kick Kotick back down to the pits of hell lol

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mjk45 SuperNintend0rk (on 22 November 2021)

I would pay to see that and love it even more if it was coco

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SuperNintend0rk mjk45 (on 22 November 2021)

Diablo would be ideal. I bet he's got a lovely torture chamber reserved for Kotick lol

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CaptainExplosion SuperNintend0rk (on 22 November 2021)

And if that doesn't work out, call in Bowser (not Doug) to slow roast Bobby Nodick.

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SuperNintend0rk CaptainExplosion (on 22 November 2021)

Lol even better! I'd buy front row tickets to that show!

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mjk45 mjk45 (on 22 November 2021)

This has me thinking Mario does the Job but why does it reoccur, is it's a problem with the security dept? or is it Nintendo's fault for only punishing bowser by making him hand in his key to the executive restroom .
Maybe since she's a Princess that makes Peach a head of state and so she has her own security headed by Mario moonlighting the job when he's not heading up Nintendo's HR dept. this last part would also help explain why he's never there to stop it in the first place questions questions.

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CaptainExplosion SuperNintend0rk (on 22 November 2021)

Fuck!! You beat me to that joke. XD

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SuperNintend0rk CaptainExplosion (on 22 November 2021)

Haha it was way too tempting!

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SanAndreasX SuperNintend0rk (on 22 November 2021)

That’s why Bowser has that axe next to his desk. All Mario has to do is touch it.

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SuperNintend0rk SanAndreasX (on 22 November 2021)

Lol I forgot about that! Kotick should have one beside his desk and a pit of lava to go with it!

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Hynad (on 23 November 2021)

“He’s virtue signalling.

If he actually believes what he’s saying, then he can take Activision Blizzard stuff off his platform and suspend their development credentials in protest, until such time they meet his moral standards.”

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KratosLives (on 23 November 2021)

So if sony boss didn't say anything, spencer and this guy would have been quiet

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KLAMarine KratosLives (on 23 November 2021)

Speculative.

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