In a context in which the video game industry faces serious accusations in companies such as Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft or Quantic Dream, the original creators of Halo have also been accused of sexism, harassment and crunch. Bungie, now in charge of Destiny 2, has added a new chapter to the published story originally by IGN. Gayle d ‘Hondt, the company’s hitherto head of human resources, has submitted his resignation and has reported harassment received during his more than 14 years at Bungie.
The information has been leaked through an email collected by IGN, in which d’Hondt explains that his work at Bungie has been punctuated by “challenging interpersonal conflicts”, which includes the firing of colleagues for “bad behavior, discrimination, racism and sexual harassment ”. On a more personal level, the former company employee recalled her own experience: “A man, an executive, someone I thought was my friend” he allegedly abused her and was dismissed.
A message of hope
Despite all the problems, the former head of human resources has expressed feeling “proud” of the work she has done within the company. “I believe that I have presented recommendations that have had a beneficial impact on the interests of our people”, While they have served to get closer to“ the company we want to become. ”He also underlines that they have“ made some mistakes. ”Thus,“ to offer the best version of ourselves, the company — I know it can do it— you must be aware and confront [los problemas] in good faith, grow together ”.
In addition to all these problems, Bungie has built a company culture that does not neglect crunch, labor exploitation. The original IGN article portrays a company full of “structural failures with a group of managers who became known for berating employees, encourage them to crunch and slip racist and sexist comments ”.
Bungie is currently working on Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, an expansion due out next February 22 en Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4, PS5 y PC.
Source | IGN