Paradox accused of having sexist working culture

Paradox accused of having sexist working culture

Swedish games company Paradox is the latest in the industry to face allegations of a toxic working environment for women.

That's according to reports from both Eurogamer and local outlet Svenska Dagbladet, which say that the company is male-dominated and women were broadly ignored. One incident saw the hiring of a senior manager who had become known for "unwelcome approaches and harassment" while working at another games company.

The reports say that harassment at Paradox generally involved men in senior positions mistreating their juniors, with one source telling Eurogamer that management wasn't useful in dealing with said harassment.

"If I bring something to my middle management manager he's not going to address those things to senior management because then he might be disliked," they said, going on to describe a "toxic culture" at the company.

News that all was not well at Paradox came in the wake of Swedish unions Unionen and Sveriges Ingenjörer publishing research that they had done with employees at the company. These results showed that 44 per cent of staff had experienced mistreatment, while 69 per cent said they had been abused.

This research was published a week before CEO Ebba Ljungerud stepped down from the company owing to "differing views on company strategy". She was replaced by former CEO and executive chairmen Fredrik Wester. Shortly after stepping up, Wester admitted that he had acted inappropriately with a member of staff in 2018.

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