Bungie CEO Pete Parsons confirmed the tweets were made by the studio’s senior community manager, saying that Bungie will continue to be politically outspoken after its acquisition by Sony.
Senior Community Manager Dylan Gafner tweeted yesterday (May 17): “I admit, I am just a CM in the grand scheme of things, but I believe in the following: We are, and will be. Keep it up, Bungie. There will never be a “casket” big enough to stop us from standing up for what is right” (via PC Gamers).
Parsons replied simply “Yes”.
– pete parsons (@pparsons) May 17, 2022
The Fate 2 developer known for engaging in political issues on social media, most recently supporting Roe v. Wade. Twitter commentators asking Bungie to “keep making the game” are often staunchly rejected by its social media team.
This is in stark contrast to Sony, who has been criticized for trying to avoid taking sides in the debate. A leaked internal email from president Jim Ryan urged employees to “respect differences of opinion” before spending a few paragraphs discussing his cat’s birthday.
Gafner continued in his tweet: “It will need to be proven over time, but we continue to strengthen our pillars and culture year after year. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I feel like we’re on the right track with the talent we have and the passion they bring (not just making games but improving the industry). ”
This is not the first time Bungie has weighed in on political issues, having previously voiced support for Black Lives Matter and transgender rights, while criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, the developer has not had its own controversies, with Human Resources Director Gayle d’Hondt leaving after reports of a toxic workplace culture emerged.
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https://www.nme.com/news/gaming-news/bungies-political-opinions-wont-be-muzzled-following-sony-acquisition-3228302?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bungies-political-opinions-wont-be-muzzled-following-sony-acquisition Bungie’s political opinions won’t be “muzzled” following Sony acquisition