Yesterday, well-known IGN writers and personalities walked out after sexual harassment allegations came up against former IGN editor Vincent Ingenito.
— Kallie Plagge (@inkydojikko) November 11, 2017
News first broke last Friday when Kallie Plagge revealed on Twitter that Vince Ingenito, previously employed by IGN as an editor, had sexually harassed Kallie and another female employee for months. She discusses how Vince treated her and another unnamed employee. She eventually had enough and reported him to the company’s Human Resources department and upper management. However, she did not get the response she anticipated as she was told to have better judgment and not to be too uptight. Kallie Plagge no longer works at IGN but thanks all the employees who stood by her during her time at IGN. Kallie Plagge now has works for GameSpot.
The story escalated yesterday when Alanah Pearce, of IGN’s Daily Fix, revealed there will not be a Daily Fix filmed that day and that a large group of IGN employees are refusing to work. They planned to resume work when the company issued a statement/apology concerning the incidents that involved Kallie Plagge. Vincent Ingenito responded over the weekend with a rather lengthy Twitter message. In it, he didn’t portray Kallie as a liar and considered her to be a friend at one point. He goes on to talk about the allegations and wants it to be clear that he did not touch Kallie in any sexual way. Alanah Pearce’s tweet will be listed below and since Vince Ingenito’s response is lengthy, we will be providing a link to his response right here.
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
IGN responded yesterday by issuing a statement about the issue. Before beginning, IGN states that this statement was written by the website’s content team and not by management or legal or anyone else. The full statement:
“To the gaming and entertainment community:
It is with great sadness, pain, and regret that we tell you that IGN has failed two of its female employees, one former and one current – both of whom the team cares deeply about. We are devastated that two of our own have had to live with and carry this pain for more than a year.
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.
We care deeply about what we do, and we hope our passion for video games and entertainment shines through in our articles, videos, and podcasts every day. But we care even more deeply about each other, and we will continue to fight to make this right for the past, present, and certainly the future. 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.
We are aware of the influence that IGN has in the gaming and entertainment community, and we will utilize that to the best of our abilities going forward. And we will continue to challenge our management and human resources teams to fix what is broken, because if we can’t or if we don’t, then IGN will no longer be a place we’re proud to call home – as content creators, entertainment consumers, and as gamers.
The IGN Team”
An update from the IGN management team posted a short response today addressing the issue:
Many of IGN’s employees have voiced concerns about the company’s workplace environment and how IGN leadership and HR handled the matter referred to on Twitter on Friday.
We are sorry that any employees, present or past, feel the company has not treated them with the respect they deserve. We take the feedback we have received seriously and we are committed to ensuring that our reporting procedures for complaints of misconduct and harassment are carried out effectively, thoroughly, and professionally.
In light of recent complaints, we are enlisting the assistance of an independent consultant to review how we handled the matter in question and our HR practices in general. Based on the consultant’s recommendations, we will make any necessary changes.
It is our goal to provide a working environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. We know our employees are IGN’s most important asset and we will do all we can to make sure the working environment at IGN is a safe and happy one.
Mitch Galbraith, EVP and GM
Peer Schneider, CCO & Co-Founder
Gamer Professionals will keep you updated as this story develops.