The Entertainment Software Association tells GamesIndustry.biz that they join Nintendo, Sony and Xbox to provide a voice against Activision Blizzard.
The ESA’s response comes a day after Nintendo of America CEO Doug Bowser sent an internal memo speaking out against the abuses within Activision Blizzard. In the same post, Bowser says Nintendo is working with the ESA to “strengthen its stance on harassment and abuse in the workplace.”
The ESA did not specifically name Activision Blizzard in the statement, but more vaguely described it, saying that when “accusations arise, people affected should make their voices heard.” The ESA went on to say that any allegation “must be acknowledged, thoroughly investigated and dealt with with appropriate consequences.”
The ESA is a lobby group that includes both Nintendo and Activision Blizzard. In a separate message to IGN, a Nintendo spokesperson confirmed Bowser’s statements, but made no further comment.
The Activision Blizzard controversy was revived by a damning report stating that CEO Bobby Kotick was fully aware of the company’s culture of harassment. Kotick will stay with Activision Blizzard for now, but says he will step down if issues are “not resolved soon enough”.