1. That the contracting group, Aston Carter, allegedly brought up the question to them is probably the most damning sounding thing. Given the time frame mentioned I wonder if this is the same guy that earlier this year talked about contractors not getting treated as well as actual NoA employees.

  2. Tbh at this point I just assume all major corporations that don't have unions are union busting, even outside of the gaming industry.

  3. That's standard for contract workers. Microsoft lost a lawsuit from contract workers a few decades ago because they got all the same perks as normal employees but (I think) not the same benefits. The judge ruled that they were Microsoft employees. So how all contract employees get held at arms length and don't get treated as well.

  4. I think contract workers have this complaint in most large companies. This is due to the main company wanting to cover their asses, and the policies of the contracting company. At my job, contractors have different systems access, including - for some reason - no access to our off-topic chat channels. I understand some of the need for some differences, but it seems super dumb and arbitrary that they can't chat about video games with coworkers or enjoy each others' dog pics.

  5. Contractors get treated as second class workers in a lot of regards in every company. It’s part of the allure of contractors. They aren’t real employees of your company.

  6. Always assume every big company is working against unions. There are exceptions, as with all things, but they usually stand out and are noticeable

  7. this entire article is bullet points, like it’s the summary of a larger article they haven’t yet published, which is a bit annoying. Anyways i found this interesting:

  8. Bullet points is Axios' writing style, it's deliberate. Their reasoning is their target audience is people in the finance industry who don't have time to read a longer article.

  9. I can see that tweet being reason for a reminder about leak policy, if only because it's one slip away from a genuine leak. However, note that no game name or game detail is actually disclosed. This is a funny design anecdote, not a leak and certainly shouldn't be justification to fire.

  10. I was given a performance improvement plan at my engineering job because my department lead hated me. The only thing he could come up with was I was late one day by 15 minutes in my 5 years there. It's pretty funny when it's transparent like that.

  11. Testers are the lowest of the low on the rung. To the point that I live in Orlando and EA advertises to take mfs off the street to test. Tweeting about the state of a game you are testing is probably a big nono.

  12. Yeah, as someone who is frequently under NDAs that wouldn't be specific enough to actually matter, but technically it is disclosing info about something he's not supposed to. It's sort of a gray area, because there are definitely companies who take that stuff seriously enough to potentially use that as a reason for dismissal, but there's also plenty of companies who wouldn't make any big deal out of it at all. It also matters about the timeline here. Was he fired a week after trying to get union talk started, and they're using months old disclosure as their excuse? It doesn't make sense that they'd be pissed enough to fire him but wait until half a year later to do it. I personally am leaning towards believing him because the timing is so weird on it. Usually if you break NDA in a way that people care about, you get fired like the next day.

  13. Unless this person's Linked In or any other public facing profile has detailed info in what division they work at, the leak ends up being "Nintendo is working on a new game."

  14. I can see Nintendo being very particular about any kind of info leaking especially if it hasn't been approved. Nintendo is also very bitter about that leak from last year so it wouldn't be surprising if ANY leak gets them very mad. It may be by using that flimsy excuse, they also got rid of someone interested in unionizing.

  15. Absolutely stupid reason... Also if anyone is naive enough to think that Nintendo or any big company wouldn't fire for trying to start a union or being curious about it, they're living in fantasy land.

  16. I mean sure, it's still confidential and does make someone, somewhere look unprofessional. IMO this shouldn't have been a tweet in the first place, but firing someone for that would be very over the top.

  17. Axios is intended to be an "unbiased" news source that presents a central view of events. The way I understand it, they present the basic facts of the story in short factual bullet points with links to further sources to help keep any bias out of their article.

  18. Also casts a massive net. Confidential information can cover anything from trade secrets to just sharing how you clock in for work.

  19. My question would it be Nintendo that fired him or the contract agency? Because that sounds like some contract agency behavior to me.

  20. Every single corporation will do whatever it needs to do for their bottom line. The ones you THINK are not doing it just have better PR. They are all union busting, underpaying, over charging, and would use literal slaves if it were legal. They aren’t your friend. None of them. Anything GOOD that they do for you or the community is nothing more than a symptom of their own hedonistic plan.

  21. The (formerly private) company I work for got sold to a public company and it's been shocking how quickly department goals have changed from things like "solve more customer issues in support" or "improve skill retention in training" or "improve the products" to just "increase revenue".

  22. To your point, Nintendo does use slave labor in the form of prison labor. I'm all for trying to rehab prisoners, but making them work in factories (or worse, fight fires) for no real benefits is obscene and frankly motivates upper society to create more criminals.

  23. That checks out.i wish these companies that hold so much of our nostalgia and childhood memories would be good but.. Alas, $$$ no breaks no benifits now pay 80 bucks for a game fuck u

  24. The reason we're seeing this more is that people in North America are trying to unionize more so the true colours are finally showing.

  25. Dog we use to pay 80 dollars and 80 dollars was worth a lot more then it is now, prices of games are only bad if your still young or poor. Video games is a high cost luxury hobby and always has been but is more accessible now than it ever has been.

  26. I mean, not to dismiss this guy's claims but is it really a shock that a Japanese company is anti-union?

  27. This was actually at Nintendo of America, not the Japanese office. It sounds related to the contractor union discussions that have been going on in the industry.

  28. NoJ isn't the subject of that article, but I'll say, NoJ is weird. They're most surely a traditional, conservative business, and they certainly aren't fan of unions, but they also have the biggest worker retention in Japan, and recognize gay relationships for the matter of family leaves, which is very uncommon in Japan

  29. Red flags all over the place here. The question about unions during the company Q&A probably didn't help, but I'm guessing this person was becoming challenging to manage in general and probably had a few difficult conversations with their manager leading up to this. If you already want to get rid of someone, you figure out how to make it happen quick when they start talking about labor disputes, or else it will just be impossible to make it happen later when they will claim it was retaliation to let them go (which is exactly what happened).

  30. Yes. This is what i was thinking as well. Also, trying to get media attention after being fired just sounds really salty.

  31. You're talking about Nintendo of Japan, which seems very different than Nintendo of America for some reason

  32. No employer is actually going to say "yeah, we fired them because they're trying to unionize". They will always find another reason to justify it.

  33. I fucking hate Nintendo. I used to love the games they put out, and sometimes I still do (Metroid is still my favorite series ever but I didn't like Dread. Not like Nintendo works on Metroid themselves anymore anyway though), but I hate the company and their culture. They seriously need to change. As of right now they just come off as a bunch of bullies and dicks. No fan games, no unions, no crediting contractor's, etc., etc.

  34. Nintendo hasn't done anything positive in a long time. I'm really confused why people keep supporting them. They treat the consumer like crap, apparently some of their employees, joy cons, etc... I guess dem franchises are more important to people.

  35. It's already a known thing that Nintendo union busts nor work with them when they don't have to. Is there anything in there that's actually "speaking out" or should I save my time with this article?

  36. NOA has a contract employee entrance for the main building. It’s in the back so “real Nintendo employees” don’t have to smell them. That’s a real reason because Nintendo testers do smell from time to time.

  37. Its not a dedicated contract employee entrance, its simply a side door for the soccer field, theres actually two of them. They can also walk around the building to the Cafe side without a problem.

  38. They use prison labor too. Hard to believe that a company with games that lean on the more wholesome and family friendly side don't really care about the people who help build their company.

  39. This goofy bitch never worked for Nintendo and is bitching about how she wasn't part of a union at Nintendo? Fuck her

  40. If Nintendo treats their theme park goers the way they do their Switch customers, employees, developers, and shop vendors, then I’ll pass.

  41. Sure, the last boycott of Pokémon failed miserably, and so did the smash bros boycott, but I’m sure it will finally work this time.

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