The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) - organisers of E3 - have joined Sony, Nintendo, and Xbox in making a comment on their stance on abuse in the video game industry.

Responding to a request for comment from on the situation at Activision Blizzard, the ESA gave a broad statement:

"Harassment, abuse, or mistreatment of any kind in the workplace is unacceptable and must never be tolerated. When allegations arise, people impacted need to have their voices heard. Any allegation needs to be acknowledged, thoroughly investigated, and addressed with meaningful consequences."The vitality of our industry requires that everyone in the workplace - and in our communities - feels valued and respected. As an industry association, the ESA convenes its member companies to create dialogue and shape actions to ensure that these beliefs are realized."

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The ESA is the trade association of the video game industry in the US. It is comprised of members from most of the top publishers active in the country, such as Capcom, EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Activision Blizzard, and Ubisoft.

via PCMag

Activision Blizzard is currently facing mounting public and employee pressure since a report surfaced that claims CEO Bobby Kotick knew of the sexual misconduct happening at the company for years. Here's a timeline of events this past week.


Emails from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation criticising Activision Blizzard were leaked to the press over the past week, and both Nintendo and Xbox officially confirmed the contents. Though the ESA didn't name Activision Blizzard specifically, it is clear what it's stance on the allegations is.

Unfortunately, the current allegations within the industry do not stop at Activision Blizzard. Ubisoft is apparently facing ongoing workplace issues, Riot has been accused of also having a history of sexual misconduct, and PlayStation has just been named in a gender discrimination class action lawsuit.

It's good that companies are making statements condemning abuse within the industry. Call of Duty Vanguard was even removed from the PlayStation Store's featured page. We don't yet know if it's enough to get Kotick to resign.

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