This week in why we can’t have nice things: Method, EA, and Ubisoft

    
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This week in why we can’t have nice things: Method, EA, and Ubisoft

The fallout from June’s games industry abuse and assault call-outs continues.

Let’s start with Method, the guild that’s been driving World of Warcraft’s competitive scene for years now. Last week we mentioned that Wowhead had terminated negotiations with Method following a new round of allegations against several of its members that include everything from preying on minors to sexual assault. So far, Method has booted one member and placed a co-CEO on leave while investigations take place. And Wowhead isn’t the only partner severing ties; apparently, the group has lost many core members and several key sponsors as well as earned a rebuke from Blizzard itself, which told PC Gamer it would “not be working with [Method] going forward.” In fact, PC Gamer all but calls Method dead in the water, which could have broader implications for WoW’s esports scene.

Meanwhile, both EA and Ubisoft are promising investigations of their own into the wave of abuse accusations that rolled out from staff over the last couple of weeks. Whether those investigations will have any teeth remains to be seen.

“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,” EA’s statement reads. “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.”

And as for Ubisoft, eyebrows will go up over the company’s response, as Gamasutra’s digging into private company memos reveals that it’s planning a “multidisciplinary working group” in combination with an outside third-party; the group’s job will be finding “better solutions and tools to detect, report and resolve any incident or serious problem without delay and in an impartial manner.” Multiple high-ranking Ubisoft staffers have already been accused; it’s not clear whether the committee will be made public or for that matter compromised from the very start.

Source: Gamasutra, EA, GIbiz

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memitim

“PC Gamer all but calls Method dead in the water, which could have broader implications for WoW’s esports scene.”

It could…if it actually had one. *badumtish*

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Method did what so many cash-grabbing corporations are accused of: looked the other way when the sexual predator is perceived to be a key contributor. With leadership comes responsibility. Method was a leader, a guild many aspired to be in or be like. Great responsibility came with that position. In the clutch, they failed.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Java Jawa

Those mother ####### need to be arrested. Intolerable behavior. Some names need to be gotten, pictures of these people and public shamed.

This kind of crap really stains our hobby. Hopefully all the victims will see some sort of justice done and can move on in peace.

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Mr.McSleaz

Ya, To hell with due process & evidence, Arrest them Now!, Dox Them & Publicy shame them!

Can you hear yourself????

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Utakata

Strawman. Java Jawa never said anything about shirking due process and evidence in doing this. That one seems to be constructed in your rather imaginative fertile head… o.O

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kothoses

Hardly a strawman mate,

I quote “Those mother ####### need to be arrested. Intolerable behavior. Some names need to be gotten, pictures of these people and public shamed.”

That suggests using the court of public opinion rather than proper due process, now due process in these sort of things needs a serious review. But as outsiders to it, our duty is to support the women brave enough to come forward and hold them up if they get tired of the amount of abuse they are likely to get for their strong words, but at the same time ensuring the premise of innocent until proven guilty is adhered to strictly.

That said, in cases of sexual harassment / assault the way these cases are handled in courts needs to be strongly reformed, with more emphasis on protecting the alleged victims as well as the alleged perpetrator, not from consequence, but from premature and uninformed judgments in the case of the alleged perpetrators, and from any backlash, stigma or shaming in the case of the alleged victims. We owe that to both sides, until guilt is proven.

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Utakata

Yes it is, bub.

You are clearly reading in shit that isn’t there. And until the OP claims to shoot ’em first and then ask questions later, then there is no real reason to be concerned.

Instead the OP stated “arresting”, as in I am presuming to mean due process. You may not like the succinct language the OP is using here in your opinion…but I see no evidence he or she is actually stating something outside of the rule of law. If they’re found innocent of these accusations, I would also presume also the OP would not have any issue of them being set free and having their records expunged either.

On the other hand, I still haven’t ruled out this “objection” isn’t made deliberately in bad faith. It certainly smells of an alt-gomer virtue signalling, because OP ‘s uncomfortably calling out bros for dubious behavior. Because then the objection was never really about due process or evidence. Just saying.

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kothoses

You missed responding to the part I emboldened for you where they specifically ask for names pictures and public shaming, could you explain to me how that fits in with your definition of due process please?

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Greaterdivinity

I had to catch up on a lot of Method stuff but like…based on what I’ve seen, it seems that much of the behavior was known about within the organization for quite a while, like, potentially years. And by more than just a few managers.

And if that’s the case, I feel bad for all the lower level players who may not have been in the know, but Method needs to go.

As messy as all this coming out is for everyone (especially victims), I hope it leads to positive change in the end. I swear, this is like the gaming, and especially esports/streamer, industries going through 100+ years of workplace maturation and progression in the span of years/decades. It’s fascinating and terrifying to watch.

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cursedseishi

It’s fascinating and terrifying to watch.

So… the industries are hitting puberty then, huh? Well… it’s not a bad thing… Hitting that awkward patch where everything suddenly gets hairy and grows out of control in a moment, and things are just… doing stuff… all compacted into a year or two of horrid confusion.

I just hope I don’t have to see them on whatever serves as this comparison’s version of ’16 and Pregnant’…

… I don’t even want to see that in general, outside of the comparison too…