The game industry’s response to Roe V Wade being destroyed so far

The United States Supreme Court has rejected Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that guarantees a constitutional right to abortion. The controversial decision has already sparked a backlash from high-profile developers and indie, including Bungie and several Sony studios, as well as an industry group.

Bungie and Sony studios issue statements

Bungie first expressed its support for Roe v. Wade in May, when news reports circulated about an anonymous leak of a draft advisory. The studio has now reaffirmed that commitment with a travel compensation plan for employees who must travel for reproductive health care. It also included links to resources supporting reproductive rights. Several Hollywood studios have announced similar plans.

The social media accounts of various Sony studios have all made statements stating that reproductive freedom and physical autonomy are human rights. You will find links to their statements in the list below.

Earlier, Insomniac pledged $50,000 to an abortion rights group, with Sony matching its contribution. This followed a response from both inside and outside the company about Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan urging employees to “respect differing opinions” regarding abortion rights.

Activision, Microsoft, Ubisoft and more speak for themselves

Microsoft issued a statement to GameSpot reaffirming its previous commitments it made to the Washington Post in May.

“Microsoft will continue to make every effort under the law to support our employees and their registered dependents in accessing critical health care — which already includes services such as abortion and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live in the US. travel assistance for these and other lawful medical services where access to care is limited in an employee’s geographic home region.”

Activision also issued a statement to GameSpot committing to travel assistance for employees.

“Maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for everyone is a top priority for Activision Blizzard and includes supporting the physical and mental well-being of everyone who works here, including their family members. Earlier in June, we announced our expanded medical travel benefits that included coverage for U.S. employees and their dependents who participate in our medical plans and live in areas where there is access to medical care, including reproductive health, gender-affirming treatment, transplant care, and other medical care covered by our plans that is not available in a covered state of the person, or within 100 miles of where they live.”

EA released a statement through its website promising comprehensive health benefits for travel and encouraging employees to talk to their managers about mental health benefits.

“As the EA executive team, we want to reiterate our unwavering support for you, our associates. Today, the US Supreme Court dismissed Roe v. Wade regarding abortion in the United States. We know this issue matters and a range of emotions in you and your loved ones, whether you live in the US or abroad.

“Your health and wellness is our top priority. We are working closely with our US healthcare provider, Cigna, and will soon be offering comprehensive travel health benefits to eligible US employees and their eligible dependents. Our goal is to provide the support and services that enable you and your dependents to receive the care needed to be the best, most authentic version of yourself at work and in other areas of your life.”

Ubisoft, Devolver Digital and several indie studios such as Fire Hose Games and Heart Machine have also made statements through their own social media channels. More studios are making regular statements throughout the day, and you can find their social media statements below. For some studios that haven’t outlined benefits, it’s unclear whether they’ll provide additional assistance, such as travel assistance.

Many other studios have not issued any statements. Some may be cautious about entering politics. EA is said to have told its employees last month it would not take a position, leading to a planned strike by workers. Those plans were canceled after EA issued a statement supporting transgender and women’s rights. GameSpot has reached out to several publishers and developers with requests for statements regarding the matter, and will update as soon as we hear back. Take-Two declined to comment.

The statement of the International Game Developers Association

In addition to these individual developer statements, the International Game Developers Association has issued a statement:

“The International Game Developers Association supports and empowers game developers around the world to achieve fulfilling and sustainable careers. We believe that physical autonomy and choice over one’s reproductive and health care issues are relevant to achieving this mission. have control over their own health matters to successfully manage their careers and lives.

“As a global organization, we understand that not all individuals experience or have access to freedoms and liberties related to bodily autonomy, and we oppose attempts to weaken existing freedoms. We are deeply concerned about increasing government interventions that affect reproductive choice and We applaud and show solidarity with the gaming industry and community leaders who are taking action to support anyone negatively impacted by these efforts.”

how you can help

If you’d like to help, we’ve put together a list of charities that are helping in the fight for reproductive freedom.

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