Bungie CEO Pete Parsons confirmed tweets from the studio’s senior community manager, stating that Bungie would continue to be politically outspoken after its acquisition by Sony.
Senior Community Manager Dylan Gafner tweeted yesterday (May 17): “I admit I’m just a CM in the grand scheme, but I’m confident that we are and will continue to be Bungie. There will never be a ‘muzzle’ big enough to stop us from standing up for what is right” (via Gamer on PC).
Parsons replied with a simple “Yes”.
— pete parsons (@pparsons) May 17, 2022
the Destiny 2 The developer has a reputation for getting involved in political issues on social media, most recently in its support of Roe v. Wade. Twitter commenters demanding that Bungie “stick to making games” are also often firmly pushed back by its social media team.
This contrasts sharply with Sony, which has been criticized for trying to avoid taking sides in the debate. A leaked internal email from Chairman Jim Ryan urged staff to “respect differences of opinion” before spending several paragraphs discussing his cat’s birthday.
Gafner continued in his tweets, “This will have to be proven over time, but we continue to strengthen our pillars and our culture year after year. There’s so much more work to do, but I think we’re on the right track with the talent we have and the passion they bring (not just making games, but improving the industry).
This is far from the first time Bungie has weighed in on political issues, having previously spoken out in favor of Black Lives Matter and trans rights, while decrying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The developer hasn’t been without its own controversies though, with the departure of human resources manager Gayle d’Hondt after reports of a toxic workplace culture surfaced.
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