Batman wouldn’t be happy – this company is also full of sexual harassment and other abuses – the Rocksteady team treats women as objects.
The British studio Rocksteady is in the last days of full news before the imminent presentation of the video game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the new game of the company after several years have passed after the publication of Batman Akham Knight, their latest work. But not all the news is good.
As reported by The Guardian, Rocksteady has been accused of inaction in the face of abuses at the company. The magazine claims that two years ago, more than half who worked for the London-based studio signed a letter accusing the studio of failing to prevent sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.
The letter, dated November 2018, is signed by 10 of the 16 women who were part of the company at the time. It shows complaints about abusive behaviour including “insults and disrespect to the transgender community”, as well as “harassment in the form of innuendo, leering at parts of the woman’s body or inappropriate comments in the office”.
The response to the complaints was a one-hour seminar.
Apparently the only move by the company since then has been a one-hour training seminar. From the source, they assure that several of the women who signed that complaint have left Rocksteady due to the inaction of the company. One of the people who signed claims to have shared it with The Guardian because he assures that people within the studio still suffer sexism, harassment and other types of inappropriate behaviour within the same studio responsible for the Batman Arkham superhero saga…
The person signing also indicates that these sexist attitudes were present even in the video games starring the Dark Knight himself, taking as an example the sexualized design in characters such as Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy.
For their part, Rocksteady acknowledged the complaints, and a spokesperson states that “from day one we set out to create a place where people are cared for, building it mainly on respect and inclusion.”
It looks like the British studio will be forced to show off this weekend amid these allegations and scandal at the DC FanDome event, which will unveil their new game starring Suicide Squad and the Justice League… And maybe a certain caped crusader will also pay tribute… ( No, not Zorro…)
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