Dismissed Nintendo contractors who filed a formal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board have spoken out for the first time, revealing their names and additional details about the incident that ultimately led to the complaint filed in April. Did.
in an interview with Axiosformer Nintendo QA tester Mackenzie Clifton claimed he was fired after asking for Nintendo of America’s views on the growing trend of unionization within games during an online public meeting. He said he was reprimanded for what he did and was fired a month later.
Nintendo’s official reason was that Clifton disclosed confidential information. In his quoted tweet dated February 16, he said:[I]n Someone somewhere must have removed all the other textures in the game in today’s build. Everything is red now. Exactly red. that’s very silly.
Cllifton claims the tweet is ambiguous and a “misdirection.” But Nintendo is also known for its strict social media policies, and many employees have stopped posting entirely to avoid crossing a line they perceive as being ill-defined.
Clifton’s contract ended in February, prompting him to file a labor complaint that grabbed headlines across the industry. came out in front.
A report published by IGN earlier this year revealed Growing dissatisfaction within Nintendo of America In addition to working conditions, it is perceived that full-time employment cannot be obtained. Many of Nintendo of America’s employees, especially those in departments such as his QA, are contractors with limited benefits and privileges.
Clifton said that the situation at Nintendo of America was “actually very good at the beginning” and that he got a promotion and a pay raise.However, after does not appear in the credits They of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate say they experienced severe depression (they were later added to the credits after their departure). said he was also dissatisfied. This is a similar complaint to other contractors.
The complaint was followed by investigations and discussions for potential settlements. Clifton said their terms were a signed apology from Nintendo’s president of America, Doug Bowser, but Nintendo countered with an offer to speak to the company’s human resources department, saying it would remain neutral. power of attorney.
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