New studies have been revealed containing additional allegations of abuse at Swedish writer Paradox Interactive. The studies, revealed initially by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (paywalled), are primarily based 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 keeping with a translation by Eurogamer. Svenska Dagbladet sources stated the person’s fame was ignored when he was employed
Eurogamer additionally spoke to a number of ladies, present and former workers of Paradox, who spoke of a poisonous office tradition the place ladies have been silenced, ignored, and screamed at.
“I’ve been to conferences the place I am the one lady within the room, and I say ‘Hey, I actually assume we should always go this route, primarily based on my expertise’,” stated one lady talking anonymously, “and somebody seems at me, they usually say, ‘You already know what, you are simply right here as a token rent. So I believe you ought to be quiet about this.'”
Each Eurogamer and Svenska Dagbladet spoke to ladies who described an absence of religion in administration to cope with points. “If I carry one thing to my center administration supervisor he isn’t going to deal with these issues to senior administration as a result of then he may be disliked,” one lady advised Eurogamer. One lady 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 interior Slack whereas he watched.
“That is as a lot tradition of silence as you’ll be able to have,” stated the worker.
These allegations come a month after a leaked survey of Paradox’s union workers alleged a culture of mistreatment at Paradox Interactive. Greater than half of girls respondents to the survey stated 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” research 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 turned 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.