Last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment chief executive Jim Ryan sent an e-mail to controversial company employees urging them to “respect differences of opinion” over a reproductive rights issue after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling said judges were going to Change Roe v. . Wade, who legalized access to abortion for all women.
“Respect is not the equivalent of an agreement,” he wrote, according to Bloomberg. “But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and a valuable global brand.”
The announcement – which included “five detailed paragraphs” about Ryan’s cat birthday – sparked outrage among several PlayStation staff, including staff at one of the publisher’s major studios, Insomniac Games.
In response, in an internal letter sent by Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac, accessible to The Washington Post, the developer. Marvel’s Spider-Man Will donate $ 50,000 to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Project.
According to the same email, Sony will meet the donation amount as well as any and all individual donations made by the studio staff through the company’s PlayStation Cares program.
Price also said Insomniac had sent an “almost 60-page” dossier to PlayStation Studios CEO Hermann Hulst, urging team members to “do more for its employees who were directly affected by the situation.”
As a result, SIE now plans to partner with Insomniac to create a scheme to provide financial support for its employees who need to leave their home countries to receive reproductive care. However, Price said that the PlayStation will not allow any of its studios to comment openly on reproduction rights.
He said that “for us, as a wholly owned subsidiary, there will be material consequences” if Insomniac decides to go against Sony’s wishes. Doing so will also complicate the chances of changing SIE’s approach and is likely to result in the studio being “severely constrained in performing important public work in the future”.
Price also said that Sony “would not approve any of the studios’ claims regarding reproduction rights. We fought for it and we could not win. “
Finally, he added, “When it comes to our freedom of expression, even though we have a lot of autonomy that we consider ourselves different at different times, there are certain times when we have to admit that we are part of a larger organization. For the most part, our ability to write on Twitter is not limited. However, there are rare moments when we are in opposition (as this week) and SIE has the final say. “