The current Activision Blizzard fiasco has prompted a number of leading companies to talk about toxic work environments, and publisher Electronic Arts is the latest company to jump in.
In an interview with Games Industry, executive Chris Bruzzo said that having “bad actors” and toxicity in large organizations is inevitable, but it’s up to management to act in a timely and appropriate manner. Bruzzo acknowledged that as a company with over 10,000 employees, EA also has its issues, but has a dedicated team to investigate complaints and take action to address them. . Bruzzo revealed that EA has had to take “significant steps and lay off employees etc. over the past few years.”
“We encourage people to raise their hands,” Bruzzo told Games Industry. “We try to make it easier for them. So I think we’re going to have an increase in the number of incidents, so that we can actually identify more disruptive things and take action to address them. “
EA recently laid off the lead Apex Legends developer Daniel Z Klein after racist and sexist comments he made on a blog in 2007 resurfaced. While the comments – some of which were quite graphic – were made a long time ago, concerned players pointed out that Klein was well into his 30s when he wrote them, so he wasn’t exactly juvenile.
“Will there be places where bad actors or toxic environments exist in Electronic Arts’ employment culture? Of course, ”Bruzzo continued. “Once you get to that level, that population size, you hardly can avoid it. [But] just like on the player toxicity side, you need to have a team that investigates complaints and takes action. “