According to a leaked report, employees are facing a discriminatory workplace at Paradox Interactive which results in a “culture of silence.”
The report arrives via Breakit (through Google Translate) which notes two unions, Unionen and Sveriges Ingenjörer, performed a survey amongst Paradox Interactive employees. Upon the conclusion of the survey, the results were derived from 133 participating employees. This is less that half of the 400 employees in Sweden.
Of the 133 employees who participated in the survey, 44% noted to having experienced mistreatment. According to a Breakit source,
“It was thought that the survey would show something considering that the gaming industry is not the nicest place. But not to this extent.”
The report notes this mistreatment is the worst amongst women who were 26% of the employees who responded to the survey. Of these women, 69% of them noted “abusive treatment.”
Furthermore, the employees overall noted a “culture of silence” at Paradox Interactive, publisher of such games as Europa Universalis IV, Crusader Kings III, Hearts of Iron IV, and more. Both unions, Unionen and Sveriges Ingenjörer, are demanding changes from the company.
Breakit goes on to note shortly after these results were delivered to Paradox leadership, CEO Ebba Ljungerud resigned. However, according to Breakit, Ljungerud’s decision to resign was supposedly entirely her own and pertained to the future strategy of Paradox.
Kotaku reached out to Paradox for a statement, which is presented in full below:
“Obviously the results of this survey are deeply concerning. The management team wants to ensure this data is acted upon, but taking immediate, direct action is legally difficult thanks to the informal nature of the survey (which is not to say it’s being dismissed out-of-hand by any means).
“As stated to Breakit, we decided last week to have an independent company run an audit of our processes to report and handle cases of discrimination and harassment. We’ll also have them run a comprehensive survey to provide us with clearly defined and actionable data that we can use to make impactful change.
“At this point we’re in the process of hiring an independent and neutral firm that specializes in this process; beyond that I don’t have further detail I can offer right now. I appreciate you reaching out.”