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EA vows to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made by staff

EA vows to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made by staff

US publisher Electronic Arts has committed to looking into allegations sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse in the games industry.

In a post on its website, the company said that it was taking the allegations made by its staff seriously and said it would investigate them. The firm also showed where people could report accusations against EA staff, too.

"In recent days we’ve seen and heard a number of disturbing stories around sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct in our industry," the company wrote.

"We want to be very clear on our position: these behaviours 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.

"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.

"If you are an EA employee and encounter or have encountered harassment, violence or other misconduct, please raise it immediately with your manager or People Experience leader. If you are not comfortable doing that you can report anonymously through our Raise a Concern program.

"If you are not an employee of EA and have encountered harassment, violence or other misconduct by another player, member of our Game Changer community, Competitive Gaming Player or EA staff member, there are multiple reporting resources which can be found here."

This follows a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct against people in the games industry. Ubisoft has brought an external company in to investigate accusations made against its staff and has reportedly put a number of its staff including two VPs on administrative leave while it looks into claims made against them. 

Meanwhile, Insomniac claims to have taken "numerous steps" to address sexual allegations and misconduct at the studio.

EA recently outlined new community guidelines to make sure that its players knew what was expected of them when playing its games and what the penalties were for breaking the rules


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He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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