Back in November, we reported that Nintendo’s top executive in Russia, Yasha Haddaji, screamed at, swore at, and berated his employees on camera during a livestreamed Nintendo event. Following this, numerous outlets spoke with current and former employees who claimed that this kind of behavior was common from Haddaji, and Nintendo launched an internal investigation while Haddaji stayed out of the public eye.
Today we learned the results of that investigation, and it’s a bit of a shocker. Nintendo acknowledged that Haddaji is known for his “loss of temper” in the workplace, but they’ve determined that he’s not guilty of harassment and will not be fired for his offenses. Instead, they’re just issuing him a “formal warning” and asking him to apologize to his staff.
“Nintendo initiated a thorough investigation into each of the allegations made against the General Manager of Nintendo Russia, Mr Yasha Haddaji, in November. While the results of the investigation acknowledge that Mr Haddaji’s loss of temper on display in the video has at times also been observed in the office, none of the allegations of harassment brought forth in the wake of the video were substantiated by the investigation.”
“Mr Haddaji fully acknowledges that his conduct related to him losing his temper is a breach of our Code of Conduct, and expresses his remorse to all those affected by it. He has received a formal warning and has issued an apology letter to all Nintendo Russia employees.”
“Our top priority is to ensure a safe and supportive working environment for all employees. It’s because of these values that we committed to a full and thorough investigation into each of the allegations against Mr Haddaji. Going forward, Nintendo of Europe will be providing more resources to Nintendo Russia to support their efforts to bring Nintendo products and experiences to Russian players.”
“We want to ensure that the conduct of all our employees is in line with Nintendo’s company values, and we remain committed to upholding these standards in the future.”
Hadaji is accused by his staff of destroying office equipment in a rage, dumping a trash can out on an employee’s desk, pressuring female employees into spending time with him outside of work, demanding female employees call him “Daddy Yasha,” and threatening to fire and blacklist anyone who stands up to him. Nintendo claims they found no evidence of harassment in their investigation.