Insomniac Games will reportedly donate $50,000 to a nonprofit dedicated to abortion ENVELOPE following internal debate at Sony, which is now said to be matching the studio’s donation and additionally working to financially support employees who may be forced to travel for reproductive care.
That’s according to a new report from The Washington Postwhich cites an email sent by Insomniac CEO Ted Price, following another email from PlayStation president Jim Ryan.
In the past week, Bloomberg reported that Ryan had urged employees to “respect differences of opinion” over the leaked US Supreme Court opinion on abortion precedent Roe v. Wade. The content and tone of the email, in particular a flippant goodbye from Ryan telling light-hearted stories about his pet, is said to have angered many employees.
In his email, Price notes that Ryan’s directive prompted Insomniac to send an “almost 60-page” letter to PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst compiling statements calling on company leaders to support Insomniac. the employees who would be affected by the annulment of the precedent and the reproduction. attention is limited as a result.
In the wake of the leaked decision, several states have been quick to push through legislation that would severely restrict access to abortion, meaning that travel between states may be necessary to seek reproductive care. Sony is reportedly planning to “formulate an initiative” to help employees dealing with this ordeal, with Insomniac helping to shape that initiative.
The Washington Post also reports that Insomniac, as well as all other Playstation studios, are still barred from speaking publicly about abortion and the Supreme Court’s opinion, but that Sony will match Insomniac’s $50,000 donation to WRRAP, as well as any single donation. presented through the company’s PlayStation Cares program. Neither company has publicly commented on the donations at the time of this writing.
Destiny 2 developer Bungie set to become a Sony studio following the closing of a $3.6 billion acquisitionit was among the first major game studios to publicly support pro-choice initiatives following the leaked opinion, assuring his audience that he would “never” limit himself to gaming.