Ubisoft Is Reworking How It Deals With Employee Complaints After Multiple Allegations
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot sent a memo to employees detailing how the company plans to rework its “solutions and tools [that] detect, report, and resolve any incident or serious problem” after numerous allegations against Ubisoft workers have come to light.
“I have gathered all of my direct reports to address this subject and your feedback,” Guillemot wrote in a memo originally reported on by Business Insider. “I would like us to thoroughly review all of our systems so that these types of situations cannot happen again.”
Guillemot didn’t specifically mention sexual harassment in the memo despite Ubisoft being at the center of many allegations over the last week. The company suspended vice presidents Tommy François and Maxime Béland after an internal investigation into several claims of misconduct according to a Bloomberg report. The two were responsible for overseeing worldwide development of the studio’s games.
Ubisoft has been under heavy fire following a number of victims who have reported misconduct by the studio’s employees. Product and brand marketing manager Andrien Gbinigie was accused of sexual assault on June 22, which Gbinigie denied in a now-removed Medium post. This was followed by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail leaving Ubisoft on June 24 in the wake of accusations of infidelity.
“We have started by launching investigations into the allegations with the support of specialized external consultants,” the studio said in a statement on June 25. “Based on the outcomes, we are fully committed to taking any and all appropriate disciplinary action. As these investigations are ongoing, we can’t comment further. We are also auditing our existing policies, processes, and systems to understand where these have broken down, and to ensure we can better prevent, detect, and punish inappropriate behavior.”
Guillemot said that he will “personally follow each of the situations that have been reported” and that he “won’t accept anything less” than a welcoming and respectful company culture and environment.
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