Kim MacAskill, a author whose profession consists of work on upcoming Rocksteady sport Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, was just lately nominated for a lifetime achievement award by the nonprofit group Ladies in Video games. Nevertheless, she just lately took to Twitter to announce that she can not in good conscience settle for the award, as each Rocksteady Studios and its guardian firm, Warner Bros. Interactive, are among the many occasion’s sponsors. MacAskill mentioned that Rocksteady and Warner Bros. had not adequately addressed the rampant harassment and sexism that she and different feminine staff had allegedly skilled on the studio. “Cease enabling dangerous habits,” wrote MacAskill. “You possibly can throw your title on each variety occasion going. However except you are taking accountability, it means nothing and I see you.”
In August 2020, The Guardian revealed a damming report about accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination on the studio behind the Batman: Arkham sequence. The story revealed that in 2018, over half of Rocksteady’s feminine employees signed a letter that tried to deliver issues to management’s consideration, by which they claimed they needed to endure colleagues’ undesirable advances, “leering at components of a lady’s physique and [making] inappropriate feedback on the workplace,” amongst different issues.
In an August 2020 video, MacAskill claimed that each HR and higher administration had discouraged her from sending the letter. She claimed that she was pulled apart and informed, “To proceed [taking action] would doubtlessly jeopardize my place throughout the firm…and my place of being employed by different firms going ahead as a result of I may be seen as a troublemaker,” she mentioned. “It was like selecting between my dream job and my dignity.” She believes that Rocksteady allowed her contract to run out out of retaliation.
Rocksteady acknowledged the claims after they have been reported within the information. The official Twitter account posted: “All formal complaints have been totally investigated, addressed appropriately, and various critical measures have been taken in response to the problems that have been surfaced, together with self-discipline or termination of employees.” The studio additionally mentioned it had enlisted an impartial third-party entity which staff may use to confidentially report any points they might want to elevate. Kotaku reached out to Warner Bros, however didn’t get a response on the time of publication.
Kotaku reached out to MacAskill to ask in regards to the firm’s response to her tweet. She mentioned that she had contacted Warner Bros. about declining the award, and he or she needed to resolve the state of affairs. The writer informed her that it was not open to dialogue. Kotaku additionally reached out to Ladies in Video games, however didn’t obtain a touch upon the state of affairs.
“All I need is an apology, and final week I even requested for it. I half begged. I simply need this to be resolved, however not like that,” wrote MacAskill, who talked about that the studio had provided her cash, and to reinstate her credit score on Suicide Squad. “Not with cash. How does something change that method? Someway in 2022, an apology remains to be too nice a price for Warner [Bros.] and Rocksteady to bear.”
She holds agency on rejecting the Ladies in Video games award. “To take an award related to [Rocksteady] can be an unstated acceptance of what they did.”