Video-Game Maker Kixeye Fires Four After Investigating Racist behaviour

will harbinWill Harbin has purged employees accused of racist remarks.

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Kixeye has fired a manager and three other employees after investigating claims of racist behaviour, CEO Will Harbin said in a blog post.The company is also instituting sensitivity training, Harbin wrote.

Kixeye is known for its take-no-prisoners attitude towards competitors like Zynga and EA, and a recruiting video which mocked FarmVille players was viewed by some as sexist.

“I am doing my best to create a company where our employees love to work, with a culture of openness and tolerance to different points of view, styles, races, gender, orientation, religion and cultures,” Harbin wrote. “It turns out that a few bad apples weren’t living up to the standards that the rest of us have set for our company.” 

A contractor who goes by Qu33iousity online spurred Kixeye’s investigation when he alleged that a manager made offcolor remarks about black and Hispanic employees, then told him Kixeye didn’t tolerate complaints about racism. Harbin vowed to investigate those remarks.

Qu33iousity deleted his original post, and wrote a new post on Friday saying ” I cannot speak out further on the matter at hand in any way, shape, or form.”

He continued: “Here’s to a future where we no longer blame, suspect, silence victims, and instead hold those in power accountable for their actions.”

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