Back in 2018, Nintendo fans were furious after ex-employees of Nintendo Russia spilled to the press the sexual misconduct and violent behavior of Nintendo Russia CEO Yasha Haddaji.
The backlash was so huge that Nintendo of Europe had to conduct an internal investigation. Now that the investigation has completed, the company says they have formally warned Yasha Haddaji about his behavior, and Haddaji submitted an official apology to the employees at Nintendo Russia.
The investigation also revealed that “none of the allegations of harassement” were substatined, other than Haddaji’s violent outburst in the office. Moving forward, Nintendo of Europe pledges to send more resources to Nintendo Russia to better serve customers living in Russia.
Here’s the full statement:
“Nintendo initiated a thorough investigation into each of the allegations made against the General Manager of Nintendo Russia, Mr Yasha Haddaji, in November.
While the results of the investigation acknowledge that Mr Haddaji’s loss of temper on display in the video has at times also been observed in the office, none of the allegations of harassment brought forth in the wake of the video were substantiated by the investigation.
Mr Haddaji fully acknowledges that his conduct related to him losing his temper is a breach of our Code of Conduct, and expresses his remorse to all those affected by it. He has received a formal warning and has issued an apology letter to all Nintendo Russia employees.
Our top priority is to ensure a safe and supportive working environment for all employees. It’s because of these values that we committed to a full and thorough investigation into each of the allegations against Mr Haddaji. Going forward, Nintendo of Europe will be providing more resources to Nintendo Russia to support their efforts to bring Nintendo products and experiences to Russian players.
We want to ensure that the conduct of all our employees is in line with Nintendo’s company values, and we remain committed to upholding these standards in the future.”
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