Last week we reported that Nintendo Russia President Yasha Haddaji had a meltdown that was caught on livestream. The Nintendo executive can be seen repeatedly swearing at and insulting employees over technical difficulties on camera. Since then, numerous former employees have come forward (most of them under the condition of anonymity) with other complaints about Haddaji, and Nintendo is starting to take the matter seriously.

Accusations from ex-employees paint Haddaji as an intensely angry man who screams at his employees, uses offensive language, destroys office equipment (such as computers and keyboards) in fits of rage, and threatens to blacklist anyone who speaks up against him. Female employees have also complained that they were fired for refusing to meet with him outside of work, that raunchy jokes and unwanted touches are common, and that he demanded one employee refer to him as “Daddy Yasha.”

Following the circulation of the livestream footage and the complaints that followed, Nintendo has issued an official response. It appears that Haddaji still has his job for the time being, but Nintendo is launching an investigation.

“We are aware of a video uploaded to YouTube recently in which Nintendo Russia’s General Manager, Yasha Haddaji, is seen losing his temper during an altercation with an external vendor in charge of a Mario Kart livestream. Mr Haddaji’s conduct and choice of words are most certainly not in line with our company values.We are also aware of further allegations that have appeared in the wake of this video and are now running a thorough investigation. We take these matters extremely seriously and will not comment further while we are running our investigation.”
— Nintendo

On top of all of these serious workplace allegations, many Nintendo fans in Russia dislike Haddaji for his business decisions. He recently ended all support of the
Pokémon Trading Card game in Russia, and he lowballed shipments of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee, choosing to stock only the Pikachu version adequately.

Source: Nintendo Life (featuring tidbits translated from Russian sites Kanobu and Game Guru)

Ben Lamoreux


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