The state of the gaming industry right now is a bit…tense. Because while great titles are still coming out, tales like what is going on with Activision Blizzard has gotten many worried about whether the gaming world will ever be a “truly safe workplace” or whether you have to hope you get the right employer. Nintendo has already made it clear that they don’t support what has happened at Activision Blizzard, and now, they’re expanding upon that.
A new report states that Nintendo as a whole is going to focus on being a more diverse workplace, as well as helping build up employees no matter who they are. They especially intend to hire more female game developers and help them “build successful careers” in the game industry. Here is what they had to say on the matter:
The Company respects human rights in its recruitment process, selecting employees on the basis of their competence and skills regardless of gender, age, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, conducts fair employee appraisal and treatment in accordance with the quality and quantity of skills demonstrated by employees, and helps employees demonstrate their skills even further.
The Company does not have specific targets for the appointment of women, foreign nationals, and mid-careers to managerial positions. However, as a global company engaging in the entertainment business, which is characterized by increasingly diversifying customer needs and preferences, it is essential that we leverage the talents of a diverse workforce. Therefore, we are committed to respecting the personality and strengths of each and every employee, including employees from our overseas subsidiaries, and developing an environment where employees of diverse backgrounds can maximize their potential.
As part of these efforts, we are recruiting women and creating an environment in which women can build successful careers. We intend to increase the proportion of women in managerial positions from the current proportions in the Nintendo Group’s principal offices globally (23.7% as of March 31, 2021) and Nintendo Co., Ltd. in Japan (4.2% as of March 31, 2021).