PlayStation Boss: There’s Too Much Negative Reaction When There’s Bad Reviews

PlayStation boss Ken Kutaragi has slammed an Activision game developer’s response to allegations of harassment made against him. Kutaragi’s response, in response to negative reactions to an “Insurgent Ascendance” release on the PlayStation Store,…

PlayStation Boss: There's Too Much Negative Reaction When There's Bad Reviews

PlayStation boss Ken Kutaragi has slammed an Activision game developer’s response to allegations of harassment made against him.

Kutaragi’s response, in response to negative reactions to an “Insurgent Ascendance” release on the PlayStation Store, was said to be along the lines of “You are free to make whatever fun or nasty comments you want about our products.”

While Kutaragi said the full statement “takes the blame” for decisions in Sony’s media communication department, he also added that it was made with “complete intention to be respectful” for those who have come forward with accusations against him.

“This would be true if it was a negative experience,” Kutaragi added. “I was very surprised to read [the same sentiments] when talking about the positive reactions to the game on the discussion forum. The news is that it seems that when positive stories are represented well and when positive experiences are represented well, critics attack it.”

“[The developers] pointed out that they enjoy the game so much that they are so happy with the reaction,” he added. “If they are still unhappy with the negative reaction or we still cannot earn praise from [critics], my advice to them is to tell their boss and let him get together with the marketing team, and we will make sure to support them.”

Anticipating that critics will continue to attack the game, Kutaragi added that “a positive review is just a bad review that can be expressed more sarcastically.”

While criticizing the release of the Respawn Entertainment game on the PlayStation Store earlier this month, Kotaku reported that the Respawn staff which makes “Call of Duty” game was investigated earlier this year for alleged harassment, harassment with physical contact and discrimination, but the investigation did not result in charges, a court ruled.

Last year, allegations of harassment against Kutaragi first emerged, as the Japanese-born CEO was reportedly accused of raping a 24-year-old woman in 2014. This accusation was later followed by multiple accusations that Kutaragi had harassed or assaulted other women during his career.

Kutaragi has consistently denied all allegations and said he would sue his accusers.

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