Forward of at this time’s Ubisoft Ahead stream, the gaming firm launched a video discussing its latest controversies and its plans to handle them.
Within the four-minute video, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot apologizes for the latest string of sexual harassment allegations in opposition to a number of Ubisoft staff. A number of high-ranking staff left the corporate in mild of the allegations, together with the studio’s vp, Tommy François, and Murderer’s Creed Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail.
“This summer time, we realized that sure Ubisoft staff didn’t uphold our firm’s values and that our system failed to guard the victims of their behaviors. I’m really sorry for everybody who was harm. We now have taken vital steps to take away or sanction those that violated our values and code of conduct,” Guillemot stated.
The declare that Ubisoft grew to become conscious of its sexual harassment points this summer time conflicts with latest reporting on the studio. Former and present Ubisoft staff say they’ve filed a number of claims through the years, a lot of which had been “ignored, mishandled, or undermined,” based on a Bloomberg report.
Guillemot pledged to extend variety inside the firm and stated Ubisoft will make investments $1 million over the subsequent 5 years into its graduate program, with a give attention to “creating alternatives for underrepresented teams.” The Ubisoft Graduate Program recruits latest graduates for a two-year program the place they work on the studio. Members of this system might obtain a full contract on the studio as soon as the 2 years are up.
Along with addressing its sexual harassment downside, Guillemot apologized for a latest controversy in Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. The cellular recreation used raised fist imagery, related to Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights motion, to characterize a terrorist group.
Guillemot reaffirmed Ubisoft’s assist for Black Lives Matter and stated the studio will donate to the NAACP Authorized Protection and Schooling Fund.
Ubisoft beforehand vocalized assist for the motion following the homicide of George Floyd in June. The studio postponed recreation bulletins amid protests and donated $100,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter. The Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad controversy occurred a couple of months later, prompting Ubisoft to apologize and take away the raised fist image from the sport.