Bungie’s head of HR steps down and adds her own tale of abuse as more devs come forward about mistreatment. The report mentions that the company is not immune to this kind of conduct, leading some people in the community to speculate whether Bungie should be considered a safe space for women developers.
Bungie, the creator of Destiny 2, was put under the spotlight in an IGN piece that highlighted prior incidents of crunch, sexism, and other sorts of bigotry, as well as how the firm was working to rectify course by removing numerous bad actors and initiating multiple programs. Bungie’s HR office is contributing to the effort to enhance the studio’s culture, as Gayle d’Hondt, Bungie’s head of HR and a company employee since 2007, announced her resignation.
In an email to Bungie developers, d’Hondt said that the HR department should be “primarily constituted of individuals new to Bungie” in order for it to “be trusted to be [employee] champions – not branded as ‘enablers’ or perceived as business resources that give bad actors with safe harbor.” In addition, d’Hondt disclosed in her letter that she had been abused by “a male, an executive, and someone I believed was my friend at Bungie – which resulted in Bungie terminating him.”
Bungie’s weekly email began with a sombre acknowledgement of the disclosures made in the initial article, as well as the fact that, since the story broke, other workers have come forward with their own tales of abuse while working at the firm. The message promises to look into any future instances that arise, while also reiterating the company’s commitment to keep developing.
“As we celebrate 30 years of building environments that inspire friendship, it’s equally vital to acknowledge and own our errors.” Any good we’ve done can’t be used to excuse or justify the individuals who have been harmed by our inaction. We shall learn from our mistakes rather than ignoring them; we must do and be better.”
Meanwhile, Destiny 2’s holiday celebration The Dawning is begun, introducing new weaponry, Sparrows, and spacecraft, among other things, to the game. The event will take place from now through January 4th.