Ubisoft Abuse Allegations Proceed as Administration Goes Unpunished
A yr after the first allegations of abuse at Ubisoft surfaced, studies have discovered that the corporate continues to battle with harassment instances. Whereas Ubisoft has fired and reprimanded lots of the administration and HR concerned within the controversy, some staff have said that administration continues to disregard newly reported harassment instances.
French publication Le Télégramme has revealed an investigation which states that the primary batch of harassment instances might be going by means of authorized courts in Could. These courtroom instances might be led by Solidaires Informatique Jeu Video, a sport employee’s union that has been constructing a case in opposition to Ubisoft since October 2020.
A few of the modifications made since July 2020 embrace the firing of Murderer’s Creed Valhalla Inventive Director Ashraf Ismail after a proper investigation. Nonetheless, lots of the accused conveniently resigned with out the conclusion of any official investigations, similar to Government Serge Hascoet and former Editorial Vice President Maxime Beland.
In accordance with the sport employee’s union STJV, Ubisoft’s code of conduct now states that harassment is a “non-negotiable interdiction”. Administration additionally attended superior accountability classes after the primary allegations got here to gentle. Again in December 2020, Ubisoft appointed Raashi Sikka as Vice President of International Range and Inclusion.
Different initiatives, nonetheless, similar to a measure to rent extra girls on the firm have reportedly been ignored. New hires haven’t been given the accountability and half-day coaching classes offered for the corporate’s 20,000 staff final yr. Together with new harassment instances opened up in December 2020 being sidelined, it appears as if Ubisoft continues to battle with an ongoing tradition of abuse.
An in depth report from Gamesindustry.biz additionally notes that among the administration accused of harassment are nonetheless working at Ubisoft, similar to Nadeo founder Florent Castelnérac and Ubisoft Singapore Director Hugues Ricour. One supply said that “nothing has modified” following Christophe Derennes’ appointment in Canada. Notably, Derennes’ (who’s Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s cousin) appointment has additionally raised issues of nepotism within the firm.