In response to the United States’ Supreme Court decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade, a number of prominent game studios have weighed in.
Following the United States Supreme Court’s controversial decision to end Roe v. Wade, several game studios, including prominent companies like Ubisoft and Naughty Dog, weighed in.
Ubisoft posted a response to the decision on its Twitter account, affirming that “equal rights for all are essential,” in a statement that attributed reproductive rights to human rights. “We fully support our teams in the US.,” the company wrote. “Today and every day, we believe that reproductive rights are human rights, women’s rights are human rights, trans rights are human rights.” Naughty Dog posted similar sentiments, stating, “Naughty Dog believes reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy are basic human rights and essential to the health and well-being of everyone.” The developer took it one step further, also promising to support its employees in receiving the reproductive health care they want or need.
Several other studios expressed similar sentiments on Twitter. God of War developer Santa Monica Studio shared a nearly identical response to Naughty Dog, reaffirming its support for reproductive rights and promising to aid any of its employees that required or wanted care. Devolver, Bend Studio and Insomniac expressed support for bodily autonomy and access to abortions in simple statements to their accounts. Previously, Insomniac donated $50k to abortion rights following an insensitive email from PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan regarding the leak of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision last month.
Perhaps the most overt statements of support came from Halo and Destiny developer Bungie and some of its employees. Bungie’s initial statement was a simple one of support, saying, “We are undeterred in our commitment to stand up for reproductive choice and liberty.” Destiny General Manager Justin Truman retweeted Bungie’s statement and added, “We now offer travel reimbursement to Bungie team members for gender-affirming or reproductive healthcare that is no longer accessible in your home state. I encourage all other studios to do the same, to protect our shared human rights.”
Senior Community Manager at Bungie Dylan Gafner also retweeted the post and added a screenshot of the company’s full statement, which was first posted to a blog on the Bungie website. “Last month, we stated without reservation that all of us deserve to choose our own path and access the healthcare we need,” it reads. “The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade cuts off millions of Americans from that access and leaves open the possibility of even further restrictions on life-saving healthcare for all of us.” The post pointed to a list of organizations that support rights to healthcare it made last month following the leak of the Supreme Court’s decision, adding that it had included one for the Trans Lifeline for those needing its support.
Several Hollywood Studios responded similarly today to the news, with Paramount, Disney and Netflix among those promising to support their employees and reimburse their travel expenses when seeking reproductive health care out of state.
Source: Twitter, Bungie
Julia Anderson is the Lead Gaming News Editor for CBR. She is a life-long gamer and bookworm, spending most of her childhood either glued to a novel or the computer. As a teen, she found herself deeply embedded in the fanfiction community and discovered her talent for writing and editing. Since then, she’s run her own freelance writing and editing business, Anderson Wordsmith. When she isn’t reading or playing D&D, RPGs, or stealth-based games, Julia is usually found imitating old age: drinking herbal tea in her favorite chair, crocheting, and watching a Shakespeare or Jane Austen adaptation with her faithful dog, Ben.