New stories have been revealed containing additional allegations of abuse at Swedish writer Paradox Interactive. The stories, revealed initially by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (paywalled), are based mostly totally on interviews with Paradox employees who wished to stay nameless.
One alleged incident concerned the hiring of a senior supervisor recognized for “unwelcome approaches and harassment” at a former firm, in accordance with a translation by Eurogamer. Svenska Dagbladet sources mentioned the person’s status was ignored when he was employed
Eurogamer additionally spoke to a number of girls, present and former staff of Paradox, who spoke of a poisonous office tradition the place girls have been silenced, ignored, and screamed at.
“I’ve been to conferences the place I am the one girl within the room, and I say ‘Hey, I actually suppose we must always go this route, based mostly on my expertise’,” mentioned one girl talking anonymously, “and somebody appears to be like at me, they usually say, ‘You understand what, you are simply right here as a token rent. So I believe you need to be quiet about this.'”
Each Eurogamer and Svenska Dagbladet spoke to girls who described a scarcity of religion in administration to take care of points. “If I deliver one thing to my center administration supervisor he is not going to handle these issues to senior administration as a result of then he could be disliked,” one girl advised Eurogamer. One girl additionally advised Svenska Dagbladet of an occasion the place a male supervisor eliminated her from a gathering and made her take away criticism of the corporate from the inner Slack whereas he watched.
“That is as a lot tradition of silence as you possibly can have,” mentioned the worker.
These allegations come a month after a leaked survey of Paradox’s union staff alleged a culture of mistreatment at Paradox Interactive. Greater than half of girls respondents to the survey mentioned that they had skilled mistreatment throughout their time on the firm. A Paradox consultant advised Svenska Dagbladet that they took the survey severely, however that it was an “casual” examine which lower than 20% of the corporate responded to.
In a response to Eurogamer, Paradox reiterated that that they had commissioned their very own audit of the corporate’s practices utilizing an exterior HR agency. There are extra particulars of the brand new allegations in Eurogamer’s story.
The week earlier than the union survey grew to become public, CEO Ebba Ljungerud resigned, with Paradox citing “differing views on the company’s strategy”. Paradox have since cancelled several unannounced games.
Earlier CEO Fredrik Wester returned to the function, however every week later admitted to “inappropriate behaviour” at a company event in 2018, when he was last CEO.