They reassured the gaming community that their goal was to create a safe workspace at Rocksteady.
We echoed some accusations made directly against Rocksteady, the studio responsible for the Batman Arkham saga and which this weekend will present Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, their new project. Through a letter, a group of women accused the British studio of inaction in the face of the abuses that took place in the company, accusing them of not preventing sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.
Through a statement published on Twitter, Rocksteady wanted to defend themselves against the accusations, ensuring that eight of the 10 people who signed the original 2018 letter are still working at Rocksteady and that the statement they publish is made only on behalf of those eight women who are currently part of the studio.
While working on our response to the recent news, we received the following unsolicited letter. pic.twitter.com/sozmsp6u3C
— Rocksteady Studios (@RocksteadyGames) August 19, 2020
The letter states that the studio does not feel that what is told in the letter published by The Guardian is a fair representation of Rocksteady. They claim that when they received that letter before it was published, they began a series of meetings with the women in the studio to discuss or determine how to make the company’s offices a safe place. And that they have taken steps so that women have confidence in workspaces of an industry in which men predominate.
They also claim that none of the women who signed the letter was contacted to say that it was going to appear in the media, the study considered that it was an issue to be resolved in private and that they feel that their privacy has been violated. At the same time, they end by ensuring that they continue to try to make working at Rocksteady a safe place for minorities with the goal of continuing to create great games.
This weekend, within the framework of DC FanDome, Rocksteady has planned a round table to announce the first details of its new video game starring the Suicide Squad.
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