Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser Investigating Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

After Kotaku shared a report of sexual harassment and misconduct at Nintendo of America, President Doug Bowser has since promised to look into the allegations.

Following a heartbreaking report from Kotaku that outlines instances of sexual misconduct and harassment that took place at Nintendo of America headquarters in Redmond, Washington, President Doug Bowser released a statement regarding the matter. According to Bowser in a post on Nintendo’s SharePoint account, Nintendo of America takes the allegations seriously and is investigating the allegations.

Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser plays a Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening demo.
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The investigation comes after former Nintendo of America contractors leaked details to Kotaku that paint the company as a hostile workplace for female employees. According to those who spoke with Kotaku, two managers were accused of misconduct, while the general workplace culture was described as akin to “brotherhood.”

Women were significantly underrepresented among contractors hired by Nintendo, in addition to many being turned down for full-time positions. According to Kotaku’s report, the estimated percentage of female entrepreneurs in game testing was around 10%. Among full-time employees, only 37% are women, and women make up just 23.7% of Nintendo executives worldwide.

Promotional art for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The report becomes even more baffling as you continue to read it, as it details things including stalking allegations that led to an employee crying at her desk and having panic attacks, in addition to him say she would be fired if she tried to report the harassment. Other aspects detail a manager, Forrest, having a habit of making inappropriate comments and advances on female game testers.

Nintendo of America headquarters building located in Washington.
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There is a lot to cover in the report, so we recommend check it out in full on Kotaku. That being said, it’s good to hear that Doug Bowser and Nintendo of America are now looking into these allegations. Hopefully this will lead to real solutions for female employees and improved workplace culture. We’ll be sure to update you as more information comes to light regarding the situation.

For more on Nintendo, you can also check out some of our previous coverage on other topics, including news of the Smash World Tour 2022 Championships taking place later in December.

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