IGN was recently forced to address an elephant in the room when one of their former writing staff and anti-#GamerGate critic, Vincent Ingenito, was accused of sexually harassing another former writer. The issue blossomed into a toxic-spewing plant that contaminated the social media metaverse surrounding all things IGN. Before IGN issued the response all the IGN employees threatened not to work at the company in light of the sexual misconduct allegations that were levied at Vincent Ingenito.
There won’t be a Daily Fix today because a large group of IGN employees have refused to work until the company issues a statement/apology regarding what happened to Kallie Plagge.
— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 13, 2017
In order to assuage the anger of their staff, IGN’s community team published an article, apologizing to Kallie Plagge and their other female staff because they “failed them”. The response to the ongoing drama was published on November 13th, 2017, which states…
“When the women made management and human resources aware of the situation involving a now-former employee, those women, in the estimation of the IGN team, did not get the respect and care that they deserved as IGN employees and as people. That system, plainly put, failed them. It especially failed them but it also failed all of us.
“All of us have been wounded deeply by this – though again, our suffering is nothing compared to those of our two beloved friends – and this morning we addressed the open wound directly with our management team and human resources representative in an emotional, difficult, but ultimately productive two-hour meeting, where any and all voices were heard.”
The portentous harangue did little to explain the situation and did even less to address what the actual problems were.
However, IGN’s management will supposedly take more drastic actions whenever allegations of sexual misconduct are brought to the attention of human resources. The note states…
“Any future allegations will be taken extremely seriously, and we are actively working to ensure that everyone on our team feels like they work in a safe environment; we will not tolerate the exclusion or mistreatment of any people. The human resources representative who oversaw this situation originally is no longer with the company, and our current HR rep has been transparent and willing to listen to ideas and suggestions for how to create a better work environment going forward.”
Originally, former IGN contributor Kallie Plagge accused former writer Vincent Ingenito of sexually harassing her. Ingenito was unaware that his banter was considered sexual harassment and thought that they were friends. He privately apologized to Kallie after HR separated the two from working with one another.
Ingenito is now creating content elsewhere and Plagge is working as an associate editor at Gamespot.
The outing of this situation is part of an industry-wide sweep to name-and-shame those who allegedly committed sexually inappropriate acts against or toward others, whether they were guilty or not. There have been plenty of firings and investigations across various industries – including comic books, video games, and movies – in the wake of these claims being made on social media.