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 workers 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 response to 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 ladies, present and former workers of Paradox, who spoke of a poisonous office tradition the place ladies had 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 path, primarily based on my expertise’,” mentioned one girl talking anonymously, “and somebody seems at me, they usually say, ‘You understand what, you are simply right here as a token rent. So I believe you have to be quiet about this.'”
Each Eurogamer and Svenska Dagbladet spoke to ladies who described a scarcity of religion in administration to cope with 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 is perhaps 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 may have,” mentioned 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 ladies respondents to the survey mentioned they’d skilled mistreatment throughout their time on the firm. A Paradox consultant instructed Svenska Dagbladet that they took the survey critically, 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 position, however per week later admitted to “inappropriate behaviour” at a company event in 2018, when he was last CEO.