Ever since yesterday when Nintendo Treehouse employee Alison Rapp claimed to have been let go from Nintendo because of GamerGate, the reaction online has been… pretty much what you’d expect. Sites and people who don’t like GamerGate went on long diatrebes about how the internet was evil because of ‘social media mobs’. GamerGate supporters and sites mostly celebrated based on her past behaviour, NeoGAF nearly exploded… again. And some indie dev no one knows about cancelled a Wii U game in disgust.
Above: This video is getting more and more relevant by the day.
But amongst all this, Nintendo themselves decided to release a statement to try and clear things up a bit. Here it is in full:
Alison Rapp was terminated due to violation of an internal company policy involving holding a second job in conflict with Nintendo’s corporate culture. Though Ms. Rapp’s termination follows her being the subject of criticism from certain groups via social media several weeks ago, the two are absolutely not related. Nintendo is a company committed to fostering inclusion and diversity in both our company and the broader video game industry and we firmly reject the harassment of individuals based on gender, race or personal beliefs. We wish Ms. Rapp well in her future endeavors.
So in other words… it seems like it had little to do with GamerGate and internet outrage and more to with certain activities outside of Nintendo.
What were those activities? Well, they don’t really say much. But the usual answer is some sort of overly risque cosplay, or something similar. Either way, don’t expect this to stop things from getting even out of hand, since absolutely no one believes Nintendo at the best of times and people really like having some sort of non subject to get into an internet fight over.
But what do you think?