One sour note in an otherwise splendid year for Nintendo during 2018 was the reported behaviour of, and allegations against, Nintendo Russia CEO Yasha Haddaji. After a video in which Haddaji was seen losing his temper with staff - and threatening to fire them - went viral, a handful of Nintendo Russia employees came forward to talk about other issues experienced under his employment, sharing worrying tales of violent behaviour, unnecessary anger, and sexual harassment.
Back in November, we compiled our findings into a full report, sharing the views of former employees who wished to speak to us and have their feelings and experiences heard. After asking for comment, we received a message from Nintendo of Europe which stated that "a thorough investigation" into the allegations was taking place.
Today, Nintendo Life has received the following statement from Nintendo of Europe:
"Nintendo initiated a thorough investigation into each of the allegations made against the General Manager of Nintendo Russia, Mr Yasha Haddaji, in November.
While the results of the investigation acknowledge that Mr Haddaji’s loss of temper on display in the video has at times also been observed in the office, none of the allegations of harassment brought forth in the wake of the video were substantiated by the investigation.
Mr Haddaji fully acknowledges that his conduct related to him losing his temper is a breach of our Code of Conduct, and expresses his remorse to all those affected by it. He has received a formal warning and has issued an apology letter to all Nintendo Russia employees.
Our top priority is to ensure a safe and supportive working environment for all employees. It’s because of these values that we committed to a full and thorough investigation into each of the allegations against Mr Haddaji. Going forward, Nintendo of Europe will be providing more resources to Nintendo Russia to support their efforts to bring Nintendo products and experiences to Russian players.
We want to ensure that the conduct of all our employees is in line with Nintendo’s company values, and we remain committed to upholding these standards in the future."
In short, Haddaji has received a formal warning and has issued an apology to all staff; Nintendo of Europe will provide more support to Nintendo Russia going forward.