EA (Electronic Arts) is probably the largest game publisher in the world. Some of their largest video games of all time would be Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Battlefield 1, Fifa, Rock Band, Madden, Dead Space, Mass Effect, Titanfall, and many more.
Recently, Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, spoke up about the company’s values and how Trump’s Executive Order doesn’t reflect EA’s stance on a diverse work force. Below, he states his opinions through an email that was sent out to the whole company and how EA will move forward.
Many of you have likely been following the recent news on the U.S. Presidential executive order on immigration, and the global reaction that has followed. Our management team has also been closely monitoring this situation as it continues to unfold in real time. As a foreign national who has spent my career working all around the world, and am now proud to be living here in America with my family, I wanted to share some perspective.
We reject actions that diminish our principles of diversity and inclusion that are central to our company. Immigration has shaped the organization we are today, and, for many of us, it is a central part of our own lives or those of our families and friends. The value of teamwork underlies everything we do here – it shapes who we are and how we operate. So now, more than ever, as One Team we are here to support our people. Specifically:
- We are privileged to have a large number of foreign national employees here at EA. We are working to provide any and all assistance to those few who could potentially be impacted by the immigration changes in the U.S.
- We are here for all of you. If anyone is concerned about the Executive Order affecting you or your family, please reach out to your HR partner and/or manager immediately.
- Through our Legal partners and industry association, we will continue to be very engaged on further potential policy changes, immigration or otherwise, that could impact our global team.
Our open, inclusive, and multicultural company reflects our ideals in every way. The same can be said for our amazing games that connect our players all around the world. The circumstances we face today will not diminish the strength of our values or our team.
– Andrew Wilson
Many other CEOs from gaming companies have vocalized their message and stance in regards to Trump’s executive orders. Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac released a YouTube video on his company’s stance against the “Muslim Ban.” Blizzard’s CEO, Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, took a similar approach to Andrew Wilson by sending an email to all employees on how he feels about Trump’s executive order.