Naughty Dog is one of the most respected studios in the industry, however, the studio has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee, David Ballard, in a series of Tweets, who claims that he was harassed by a lead at the studio and now Naughty Dog has responded to the allegations saying no such complaint was filed.
Naughty Dog said in a statement that they have not found any evidence regarding the sexual harassment allegation made by David Ballard. “We have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment.”
Harassment and inappropriate conduct have no place at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment. We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously. We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe, productive workplace environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making games.
However, according to David Ballard, he was offered $20,000 “from HR if he signed a document agreeing to the layoff and that he would not speak about the terms to anyone” but, he refused to sign and has been unemployed for 17 months.
Ballard joined the studio back in 2009 and has worked as an environment artist on games such as Uncharted 2,3, and 4 along with The Last Of Us.
Currently, the studio is working on the highly anticipated The Last Of Us 2. As for the Uncharted franchise, the studio has clarified that they are happy to move away from Uncharted franchise unless they come up with something really good.
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