Sony is tackling reports of Bungie’s misconduct

Last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Bungie dominated the game industry headlines when the house of PlayStation announced its acquisition of the latter for a staggering $3.6 billion. SIE CEO Jim Ryan gave numerous interviews, but only one or two publications questioned him about recent reports of workplace misconduct at the studio, which led to the HR chief resigning and CEO Pete Parsons to apologize.

Speaking to Games Industry, Ryan said workplace toxicity is something Sony takes “very seriously” and that both companies will work together to create an environment that is inclusive, positive and welcoming.

Allegations of Bungie Misconduct Acknowledged by CEO

Parsons offered lengthy apologies, outlining extensive steps Bungie has taken to combat toxicity and ensure violators are dealt with. He told Games Industry that he has been “incredibly transparent” to Sony when it comes to this.

“We hold ourselves to extremely high standards throughout the organization and with the companies we work with,” added Ryan. “This is something I’ve been incredibly sensitive to from the start of the conversations. And I’m just impressed, and I have nothing but praise for the way Bungie organizes and behaves.”

Opinion: Sony and Microsoft have a lot to fix

Zamena writes… Sony and Microsoft found themselves in a somewhat awkward position with Bungie and Activision Blizzard, as both companies were accused of workplace misconduct just prior to their respective acquisitions. Many see the Activision acquisition as an easy escape for CEO Bobby Kotick and the responsibility of how Bungie behaves in the future rests with Sony. I hope both companies can fix what is clearly broken as the gaming industry has had enough of these reports in recent years.

In other news, Ghostwire Tokyo was originally conceived as The Evil Within 3 and Sony plans to make more mobile games using PlayStation IP.

[Source: Games Industry]