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 popularity was ignored when he was employed
Eurogamer additionally spoke to a number of girls, present and former workers 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 assume we must always go this course, primarily based on my expertise’,” stated one girl talking anonymously, “and somebody seems at me, and so they say, ‘You recognize what, you are simply right here as a token rent. So I feel you have to be quiet about this.'”
Each Eurogamer and Svenska Dagbladet spoke to girls who described an absence of religion in administration to take care of points. “If I convey 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 girl instructed Eurogamer. One girl additionally instructed 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’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 they’d skilled mistreatment throughout their time on the firm. A Paradox consultant instructed 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 they’d 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 per week later admitted to “inappropriate behaviour” at a company event in 2018, when he was last CEO.