Nintendo accused of “coercive actions” in labour complaint

A former Nintendo worker has separately alleged that their time at the company was "one of the most stressful and awful experiences" of their life

An anonymous Nintendo of America worker has filed a complaint with the United States National Labour Relations Board (NLRB), bringing forward allegations of “coercive actions” and interference with their right to unionise.

As reported by Axios, on Friday (April 15) a complaint was filed against Nintendo of America and Aston Carter, a contracting company that provides work for Nintendo.

The filing alleges coercive actions and statements, concerted activities such as retaliation and discipline, and discharge – which can mean either firing or a refusal to hire.


Although specific details regarding the filing have not been made public, listed example of coercive actions includes a reference to surveillance, while coercive statements can involve threats.

A former contractor, going by Boyks on Twitter, has responded to the allegations, claiming their time with Nintendo “was one of the most stressful and awful experiences of my life.”

“They have an awful practice of “dangling the carrot” of full time employee [status] to contracts who they almost universally never hire […] just to keep exploiting them and keep them quiet,” alleged Boyks. Under the filing’s allegation of coercive statements, “promises of benefits” is listed as an example.

Nintendo is yet to respond to the NLRB filing.


While these are the first allegations to surface involving Nintendo, the wider games industry has seen an increase in worker disputes involving studios.

Activision Blizzard is currently involved in a lawsuit filed to the NLRB, which alleges the company of using coercive tactics to undermine unionisation efforts. Efforts to unionise at at the company’s Raven Software studio are still underway, however those involved were recently excluded from a company-wide quality assurance wage increase.

Elsewhere, employees at Ubisoft are continuing to fight for improved workplace conditions at the studio.

In other news, a Game Boy Advance emulator seemingly created by Nintendo has leaked, along with a list of games for the service.

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