Wii U Manufacturer Employed Underaged Workers
The Wii U is on its way out but it may have lost a few purchases when awaiting players heard that the company developing the system hired underaged employees to help make it. This is not only an extremely controversial topic everywhere, but it is illegal and could have some serious side effects on the release of the system altogether. Foxconn is not trying to deny any of the accusations made towards them, as they are openly admitting that they said they told the students that they would be taking part in an internship, but instead hired them on as employees that are underaged.
Three weeks had gone by before the Chinese Labor Watch had begun questioning the students that had been threatened with loss of credit for not doing what the company says to do. They were basically told that if they don’t do the “internship”, then credit for whatever they had going on would be taken away from them. Once in the facility, they were supposedly treated like every other employee in the building in that they had to work long hours, spend more time there than the usual (overtime) and didn’t learn anything from the experience.
Nintendo has responded to these events saying that they are investigating the issue, and as a global company, they are not going to stand for what happened. There may have been a shortage on some sort of demand or deadline but you just don’t commit crimes to keep up with it. All that would have had to happen is a public announcement that the system is going to be coming out later than expected because of some developing issues. You get a few angry fans, don’t break the law, and life goes on as it should. One thing’s for sure, many fans out there may want to think what went in to their Wii U before they buy it and enjoy it mindlessly so.