Batman Arkham developer Rocksteady faces sexual harassment accusations

With their new Suicide Squad game due to be announced in just a few days, Rocksteady has been accused of ignoring workplace complaints.

London-based developer Rocksteady has been in the news for something other than its new game this week, following revelations involving a letter sent out in November 2018, which was signed by over half the women working at the company and detailed multiple examples of inappropriate behaviour.

According to a report by The Guardian the concerns were not acted upon, even though it described ‘slurs regarding the transgendered community’ and ‘discussing a woman in a derogatory or sexual manner with other colleagues’; as well as ‘unwanted advances, leering at parts of a woman’s body, and inappropriate comments in the office’.

Supposedly the contents of the letter were only brought up again this week as a result of The Guardian investigation, which Rocksteady promises will lead to ‘new initiatives’.

A former female employee told The Guardian that, ‘I have heard everything from groping claims to incidents involving directors, all of whom are men’.

‘Yet the only thing we had as a result was a company-wide seminar that lasted an hour. Everyone who attended was asked to sign a statement confirming that they’d received the training. It felt that it was a just way for them to cover their arses.

‘I’d say 97% to 98% of the developers there are incredible people, and it’s so unfair that this will land on them because a few people weren’t managed properly.’

One of the most shocking things from the report though is simply the fact that over half of female employees meant just 10 people out of a total of 16 – even though Rocksteady has over 200 staff.

Rocksteady, which is owned by Warner Bros. and is set to reveal new DC Comics game Suicide Squad on Saturday, has issued the following statement:

‘From day one at Rocksteady Studios, we set out to create a place where people are looked after, a place fundamentally built on respect and inclusion.

‘In 2018 we received a letter from some of our female employees expressing concerns they had at that time, and we immediately took firm measures to address the matters that were raised. Over the subsequent two years we have carefully listened to and learned from our employees, working to ensure every person on the team feels supported. In 2020 we are more passionate than ever to continue to develop our inclusive culture, and we are determined to stand up for all of our staff.’

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