Overkill Denounces Sexist Payday Video
The release of a controversial video involving Overkill Software and the Payday franchise has prompted the CEO of Starbreeze to denounce any affiliation.
CEO Bo Andersson explained that the video’s sexist tone is not representative of Overkill or the company’s values. Speaking with GamesIndustry International, he said:
“The YouTube piece that was spread today was an external pitch made to us (amongst many) almost nine months ago. It was related to the potential Payday movie and not game. We did not design it or distribute it. Part was shot in our office but then cut externally. We felt it did not portray our values as a company in any way after seeing the final cut. Therefore it was rejected some 9 months ago. Unfortunately it ended up on the internet as part of someone’s CV (outside of our company).
“We have never as a company depicted women this way nor shall we in the future.”
Follow this link to watch the video in question, which depicts two Top Model Sweden contestants on a tour of the Overkill Studio.