Bungie CEO Responds To Report Of Toxic Workplace Culture

Destiny 2 developer Bungie has released a statement in response to a report that the developer has struggled with issues of sexism and crunch in the workplace. A letter written by Bungie CEO Pete Parsons was released shortly after IGN published the report in which he focused on the changes Bungie has made in recent history, while acknowledging the company has more work to do and that these changes do not erase any pain employees have suffered.

The report, which includes statements and experiences from 26 current and former employees, most of which spoke anonymously, described a Bungie that had dealt with issues of abusive management across nearly every department since 2011. In many instances, department leaders and managers would belittle, overwork, and abuse people in their departments, often targeting women and people of color.

The report highlights the narrative team in particular, where writers were constantly facing crunch to get the next expansion out and were forced to deal with leadership that had a particular “vision” for the game that they refused to compromise on. Leadership would yell and throw objects during meetings, change writers’ work as it was being taken to be recorded, and push back on any instance of having progressive writing, including one instance where the narrative team wanted to imply that a character was gay. Some employees’ mental and physical health suffered due to the crunch at Bungie. These employees were later criticized and given poor reviews for taking time to deal with these issues.

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