Insomniac Games, part of Sony’s PlayStation Studios, plans to donate $50,000 to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP), according to an internal email sent May 13 from its CEO Ted Price. , as reported by The Washington Post. Sony itself plans to match the donation for a total of $100,000, and Insomniac employees can donate through Sony’s PlayStation Cares program. Besides, The Washington Post reports that Sony is working on plans to provide financial assistance to employees who may have to travel to other states to receive abortions and other reproductive care.
There is, however, a major wrinkle to this news. The Washington Post reports that neither Insomniac Games nor Sony plans to publicize their donations, likely to avoid giving the impression that they are taking a public stand. What’s more, the To post writes that “Insomniac employees were prohibited from explicitly mentioning Insomniac or Sony if they decided to retweet any announcement the WRRAP might make.”
The donations come a week after PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan sent an infuriating email to staff in response to recent news that the Roe vs. Wade the case can be reversed. In the email, originally reported by Bloomberghe said employees should ‘respect differences of opinion’ and went on to talk about his cats’ birthdays and why he likes dogs. Naturally, for employees who wanted the company to take a pro-choice stance (like Bungie, soon to be owned by Sony, did), this email did the opposite of providing reassurance during a particularly turbulent time.
While the news of the donation is good, the sheer amount of red tape wrapped around the subject of reproductive rights is likely not to sit well with some employees. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price wrote in an email to staff that Sony “will not endorse ANY statement from any studio on the subject of reproductive rights. We have fought hard for this and we have no not won.
When asked what would happen if Insomniac employees chose to tweet about his donation, Price wrote that “there would be material repercussions for us as a wholly owned subsidiary” and that the company would be “probably severely prevented from doing important public work in the future.”