Well, the sexual misconduct saga continues as today EA announces that they will investigate any individual associated with such allegations. In an announcement, EA said that they have been seeing rapid growth regarding sexual misconduct in the games industry. Likewise, they will not tolerate such behavior at EA.
“In recent days we’ve seen and heard a number of disturbing stories around sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct in our industry. We want to be very clear on our position: these behaviors are never ok—not in our communities or any others. Electronic Arts supports everyone that has come forward to report abuse and we are asking anyone who has experienced any kind of harassment or sexual misconduct in our community to come forward,” EA said.
“We take every allegation seriously and we investigate it. We are deeply committed to ensuring there is safe space for people to come forward and taking the right actions on behalf of our community. The stories we’ve heard recently make it clear there is still a lot of work to be done in our industry.”
EA also wants to ensure that their employees are safe and healthy. If any employee has been facing such an issue within the organization. They are encouraged to discuss it with the manager or “people experience leader”. Afterward, strict investigation and punishments will be made.
Very recently, Ubisoft stepped up and decided to put two of its major executives on leave. This happened shortly after Ubisoft announced that they will be investigating several people within their organization.
These all investigations and reports first started out, when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Creative Director Ashraf Ismail decided to leave. Ashraf was associated with numerous sexual misconducts. For example, he had an affair with a fan, and he lied to her about his marriage.
Ashraf was married and cheated on both parties. Likewise, many individuals on social media exposed his chats and somehow Ashraf got away with it and left. Ubisoft’s recent investigation made no mention of Ashraf Ismail, however, two senior executives and dozens of employees were forced to leave.
Lastly, if anyone wants to report any individual from EA should read these instructions.