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10/16/2017:

Top Playstation studio Naughty Dog responds to allegations of sex harassment:

Naughty Dog, the developer of The Last of Us and Uncharted franchises, has acknowledged, while disputing, allegations of sexual harassment made by a designer this weekend on social media.

David Ballard, a designer no longer with the studio, alleged in a series of tweets on Saturday that he was terminated in February 2016 after informing the studio and the human resources department of its parent, Sony Interactive Entertainment, of the harassment allegations. He said he was offered $20,000 in severance pay on the condition that he remain silent about his time with the studio. Ballard said he refused.

Naughty Dog, in a statement published on its site today, said “we have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

Ballard said he was speaking out now “because of the strength I've seen in others coming forward about their experiences in the TV/Film industry,” apparently a reference to the week’s news of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape over decades in his position. Weinstein was fired by the production company he founded and several companies terminated their agreements with it in response.

Ballard’s profile on LinkedIn lists him as an environmental artist for Naughty Dog From 2009 to 2014; following a nine-month stint with Ubisoft he returned to Naughty Dog in 2016 as a multiplayer level designer. He has been credited on Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us.

Ballard said he has been unemployed for the past 17 months. He alleged that he told PlayStation’s human resources department about the sex harassment allegations and was dismissed one day later.




“We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously,” Naughty Dog said in its statement. “We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony interactive Entertainment.”



7/14/2017:

bionik's Mantis for PlayStation VR is Coming August 1

TORRANCE, CA - July 13, 2017 - bionik™ has announced today that its integrated PlayStation VR headphones, Mantis™, will be arriving in stores August 1. The unique attachable headset is primed and ready to complement the PlayStation VR as players traverse their favorite VR worlds.

"Our goal with Mantis was to make the immersive PlayStation VR experience more visceral and profound by blocking out distractions and reducing the amount of gear you need to put on," said Amir Navid, bionik's SVP Product Development. "Sound is an integral part of how we experience our surroundings. It taps into our emotions, it changes how we feel about things. The Mantis allows you to experience this powerful new technology with all your senses engaged. It integrates seamlessly with the PSVR® hardware with minimal size and weight and allows you to suspend disbelief and focus on the virtual environment created."

The Mantis™ headphones will be available on Amazon, and more, with the suggested retail price of $49.99.

For more information on bionik™ check out www.bionikgaming.com and www.facebook.com/bionikgaming, and follow on Twitter @bionikgaming.