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Reggie on Nintendo of America contractor issues: “This isn’t the Nintendo I left”

Former Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, has spoken up about the alleged treatment of contractors at the firm saying that what he has read doesn’t sound like the Nintendo he left. A number of contractors had recently told Kotaku that they were paid poorly and treated as second class citizens at the firm. Reggie has told The Washington Post that contract employees were invited to some the meetings he attended and that company contractors had the opportunity to join Reggie and other colleagues for lunches and that he helped foster a “healthy culture” at Nintendo of America.

“It struck me, this isn’t the Nintendo I left,” Fils-Aimé said.

“While I was at Nintendo, we routinely had meetings at events where our associates, that’s how we referred to our contract employees, were invited,” Fils-Aimé continued. “It’s just a small example. I was famous for doing bimonthly and quarterly lunches with employees. It was a basic sign-up, and associates were invited as much as full-time employees.”

Fils-Aimé declined to comment further on specific events, but said his core focus as an executive was maintaining a “healthy culture.”

“I know I was able to achieve that, and certainly what’s being described does not seem like a healthy culture,” he said.


10 thoughts on “Reggie on Nintendo of America contractor issues: “This isn’t the Nintendo I left””

  1. Either the issues are fabricated, started after he left, happened behind his back, or he is knowledgeable/involved in some way and is lying to maintain his image.

  2. Real scumbag move by WaPo to phrase the headline so as to make it appear that Reggie was confirming the allegations were true when he did nothing of the kind.

  3. Usually I’d scoff at a former executive going “Oh, the bad working practices are nothing to do with me” but in this case, it kind of adds up. The amount of time that has passed between Reggie leaving and the various allegations that are coming out now emerging is like the perfect amount of time after to think that maybe the good culture that was in place when he was there has gradually dissipated. I’m sure things were far from perfect when Reggie was in charge, but it seems likely they were better. Good luck to all NOA workers, I hope some positive changes come out of all this for you.

  4. Really I saw this coming as soon as Doug Bowser was brought to the team. Anyone with prior connection to EA making it in an important position is a major red flag.

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