Insomniac Games, which is 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 on May 13 by CEO Ted Price. indicated by The Washington Post† Sony itself plans to double the donation for a total of $100,000, and Insomniac employees can make donations through Sony’s PlayStation Cares program. Additionally, The Washington Post reports that Sony is working on plans to provide financial assistance to workers who may need to travel to other states to receive abortions and other reproductive care.
However, there is one major wrinkle in this news. The Washington Post reports that neither Insomniac Games nor Sony plan to disclose its donations, likely to avoid appearing to be taking a stance publicly. What’s more, the After writes that “Insomniac employees are prohibited from explicitly mentioning Insomniac or Sony if they decide to retweet any announcements made by the WRRAP.”
These donations come a week after PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan sent an obnoxious tone-deaf email to staff in response to recent news that the Roe v. Wade case can be quashed. In the email originally reported by Bloomberghe stated that employees should “respect differences of opinion” and then went on to talk about his cats’ birthdays and why he likes dogs† Understandably, for employees who wanted the company to take a pro-choice stance (such as Sony’s soon-to-be-owned Bungie did), this email did the opposite of offering assurance in a particularly turbulent time.
While the news about the donation is good, the sheer amount of bureaucracy surrounding the subject of reproductive rights is likely not going to sit well with some workers. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price wrote in an email to staff that Sony “will not endorse any statement from any studio about reproductive rights. We fought hard for this and didn’t win.”
When asked what would happen if Insomniac employees chose to tweet about the donation, Price wrote, “There would be material consequences for us as a wholly owned subsidiary” and that the company would “likely be severely restricted from doing important public work in the future.”