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Sony: Harassment or bullying “completely unacceptable”

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They say that those who are bullied often become bullies themselves. This isn’t just something that we see on the playground anymore – it’s getting played out on a grand scale on the internet. While no one can define GamerGate clearly enough to pick a side, Sony can at least make one unequivocal statement.

Sony Computer Entertainment America boss, Shawn Layden, told Games Industry that while the industry as a whole had spoken via the ESA, he could make one statement:

I don’t think there is one statement or one position on it, or one answer to whatever this very broadly-defined #GamerGate really means. A lot of things are getting swept into that. I’ll be very clear about my view of harassment or bullying. It’s completely unacceptable. Completely unacceptable. I will not be vague or equivocate about that.

Layden went on to say that Sony is best in class, or close to it, at ensuring women are in leadership positions in the corporation. He cites a range of examples of women in top positions, saying how being representative is part of the company plan.

I’m glad that Sony was able to come out in this regard. There has been far too much bullying and harassment on both sides of GamerGate and regardless of your views, there are better ways to express yourself. Bullying in all forms is becoming so prolific, it makes me sad that companies have to actually come out and say that they condemn this kind of behavior – shouldn’t we all condemn it as a society?

Last Updated: November 18, 2014

30 Comments

  1. Splooshypooh

    November 18, 2014 at 14:37

    Unfortunately WE don’t have as big a voice as they do. But it usually helps to just ignore it, or talk about something else. So… how about this weather we’ve been having?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Wang

      November 18, 2014 at 14:49

      I’m LOVING the weather in Gauteng the last few days!

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        November 18, 2014 at 15:09

        Yip, awesome. Colbyn Valley getting nice and full of water, river going a little bit too

        Reply

  2. Gamergate Explained

    November 18, 2014 at 14:37

    If a women is asked to be CEO of a company and she screams rape. That’s Gamergate. Well one example.

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    • Let's not forget.

      November 18, 2014 at 14:42

      Let’s not forget the sleeping your way to publicity. Sleeping your way for support to harass, undermine and divert publicity in your favour.

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      • Where it all started

        November 18, 2014 at 14:45

        Depression Quest.

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 18, 2014 at 14:54

        Oh please. Cry all you want about Quinn but this has gotten way out of hand. Far beyond justifiable

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  3. Cadis Etrama Di Umar

    November 18, 2014 at 14:53

    Fuck the bullies. Fuck the idiots making death threats. Fuck the sexist pigs. Fuck em all. You’re a cancer to gaming. Get the fuck out

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    • Ceyber, Hans

      November 18, 2014 at 14:54

      Well-fucking said. Fuck ’em.

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    • RinceThis

      November 18, 2014 at 14:54

      I wish you would be more clear in where you stand on this matter, your ambiguous sentence perplexes me.

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      • Hammersteyn

        November 18, 2014 at 14:55

        It seems he wants to initiate intercourse with bullies?

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    • Hammersteyn

      November 18, 2014 at 14:55

      Well said

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 18, 2014 at 15:00

      Stop oppressing the glorious freedom fighters.

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 18, 2014 at 15:04

        Lol praise these valiant warriors

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    • Rags

      November 18, 2014 at 15:02

      Add the sex negative feminists and sjw to that list πŸ™‚

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    • Brady miaau

      November 18, 2014 at 15:08

      Sigh, less of that and they may just die out naturally.

      No more breeding please

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      • RinceThis

        November 18, 2014 at 15:09

        I fear the issue with most of them is ‘IN’ breeding…

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      • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

        November 18, 2014 at 15:14

        Lolz…LG has a dirty minded community

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        • Brady miaau

          November 18, 2014 at 15:25

          What? No, no. never.

          I mean, it is your inkblots that contain all the nudity, not my mind.

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  4. Hammersteyn

    November 18, 2014 at 14:54

    Women are in leadership positions with Sony. No wonder they aren’t making money πŸ˜›
    *Runs to Iran where I’m safe from Zoe.

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    • Admiral Chief Wang

      November 18, 2014 at 14:58

      Oh snap

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      November 19, 2014 at 06:59

      nowhere is safe from Zoe! πŸ˜›

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      • Hammersteyn

        November 19, 2014 at 07:37

        The drones are circling!

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  5. Pieter Kruger

    November 18, 2014 at 15:00

    And THAT is why you cannot change your name on PSN! ????

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    • Hammersteyn

      November 18, 2014 at 15:02

      PK!!! We missed you!

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      • Pieter Kruger

        November 18, 2014 at 15:05

        Yeah, Sony threatened to pull their sponsorship so they blocked me! ????

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        • Hammersteyn

          November 18, 2014 at 15:07

          LOL

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  6. Brady miaau

    November 18, 2014 at 15:10

    Ok, great. Now I want to in the place where a company does not tell the press how progressive they are. Hiring woman as management?

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    • Sgt. M

      November 18, 2014 at 16:00

      Agree with this a million times over. Too often we see the Politically Correct person chosen over person most suited for the job.

      Reply

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