Nintendo Treehouse’s Alison Rapp’s Employment Terminated (UPDATED)

Treehouse employee Alison Rapp has revealed on Twitter that she is no longer employed at Nintendo. The company fired her today following a brewing multi-month storm of harassment from persons reportedly under the GamerGate movement.

According to Alison, Nintendo has concluded that it is no longer safe for them to employ her or let her represent the company.

Alison Rapp was a product marketing specialist within Treehouse. Her termination follows several months of harassment from online GamerGate persons, including accusations that she was behind recent localization changes (to de-sexualize underage characters) in games like Xenoblade Chronicles X (which Alison refuted once again in her Twitter statement).

In addition to GamerGate, The Wayne Foundation was also dragged into this situation. An anti-sex trafficking group, co-founder Jamie Walton went after Nintendo to encourage Rapp’s removal based on an essay about Japanese culture. She admitted that a third party group (i.e. GamerGate) inserted her into the argument against Alison’s stance on child exploitation.

Update: Nintendo of America has given an official statement to IGN, clarifying that Alison’s termination was not related to the online controversy. Instead, it was her holding a second job while with Nintendo.

“Alison Rapp was terminated due to violation of an internal company policy involving holding a second job in conflict with Nintendo’s corporate culture. Though Ms. Rapp’s termination follows her being the subject of criticism from certain groups via social media several weeks ago, the two are absolutely not related. Nintendo is a company committed to fostering inclusion and diversity in both our company and the broader video game industry and we firmly reject the harassment of individuals based on gender, race or personal beliefs. We wish Ms. Rapp well in her future endeavors.”

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