After the Roe v. Wade, Sony and Insomniac plan donations

After the Roe v.  Wade, Sony and Insomniac plan donations
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Last week, PlayStation President Jim Ryan emailed employees asking them to ‘respect differences of opinion’ on abortion rights in light of the leaked Supreme Court opinion. regarding Roe vs. Wade, emphasizing that “we owe it to each other and to the millions of PlayStation”. users to respect the differences of opinion between everyone in our internal and external communities”, and concluding the missive with several paragraphs about Ryan’s cat birthdays. Employees weren’t happy with the light-hearted response, according to a Bloomberg report on the email.

Following the gaffe, Insomniac, the Sony subsidiary behind “Ratchet and Clank” and “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” plans to donate $50,000 to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP), according to a report. internal email sent May 13 from Insomniac CEO Ted Prix viewed by The Washington Post. Sony will match the donation, as well as donations from individual Insomniac employees if they make them through the company’s PlayStation Cares program. Additionally, Sony now plans to formulate an initiative to provide financial assistance to employees who may have to travel to different states to receive reproductive care. Insomniac will help formulate this policy.

Neither company plans to tweet about their donations, and Insomniac employees were prohibited from explicitly mentioning Insomniac or Sony if they decided to retweet any announcements WRRAP might make, according to the email. .

Sony and Insomniac had not returned requests for comment at the time of publication.

While the repeal of Roe v. Wade looms, often outspoken video game industry opts for silence

Part of the email is structured as a Q&A answering employee questions. In it, Price explains his rationale for social media silence. He begins by noting that the studio sent a “nearly 60-page” document to PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst, filled with messages from employees urging executives – Ryan, in particular – to “do better with employees who are directly affected. At this time, however, Insomniac isn’t authorized to make a statement about reproductive rights or its donation – nor does Price think it would be a good idea for the studio to go over Sony’s head and to try.

“There would be material repercussions for us as a wholly owned subsidiary,” Price wrote in response to a question about what would happen if Insomniac tweeted about the donation. “Among other things, any progress we could make to help change [Sony Interactive Entertainment’s] the approach would be stopped dead in its tracks. We would also likely be severely restricted from doing important public-facing work in the future.

It comes after Insomniac employees repeatedly asked management to make a similar statement. those issued by a few other major video game companies, including “Destiny 2” developer Bungie and “Psychonauts 2” creator Double Fine. In the Q&A, Price writes that Sony has discontinued this approach: “[Sony Interactive Entertainment] will not endorse ANY statement from any studio on the subject of reproductive rights. We fought hard for it and we didn’t win.

An employee asked Price if he thought Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac for $229 million in 2020 has “now an impact on our freedom of expression and our values”.

“When it comes to our freedom of speech, while we have a LOT of autonomy that is often taken for granted, there are times when we need to recognize that we are part of a larger organization,” Price wrote. in the email. “For the most part our ability to tweet has been limitless. However, there are rare times when we are in opposition (like this week) and the SIE will have the final say.

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