Prince of Persia. Assassins Creed. Quite different. What else do you associate with the French video game company Ubisoft? How about “toxic working conditions and sexual harassment”? Don’t you see that when you log into your Ubisoft account, do you?
There is a reason #HoldUbisoftAccountable is trending, and because of this you can delete the said Ubisoft account. You may have already done it, because this whole thing has been going on for a year, without a hashtag. Last summer, Ubisoft faced several allegations of sexual misconduct at the workplace – a major scandal that prompted the company to undergo some restructuring, and, basically, vows to hold on until 2020.
But the thing is inexpensive, as they say, and the proof is in the pudding, to use another colloquial. And it seems that Ubisoft’s pudding is still worthless. New reports have surfaced indicating that not much has changed in the company, and most of the changes are cosmetic only. The gaming community is not happy. Hence #HoldUbisoftAccountable.
Ubisoft has not yet made meaningful changes to its company following numerous allegations of sexual abuse.
As a member of the Assassin’s Creed family, I will remove all scheduled Ubisoft streams until action is taken #HoldUbisoft Accountable 4
– Black Crystal (@ Black Crystal) 20 May 2021
The #MeToo movement has moved beyond Hollywood and the film industry. As sexual predators and inappropriate conduct have been exposed and condemned worldwide, more victims have been encouraged to speak up. Unexpectedly, the video game industry suffered from incidents of sexual harassment and workplace malpractice, just like other entertainment industries.
On July 1, 2020, the day of Ubisoft’s reckoning arrived, when the French newspaper Freedom Published a portion of a harmful expose revealing the company’s toxic workplace culture. Part two hit the stand on July 10, doubling down on an investigation that suggested Ubisoft’s human resources department actively ignored harassment reports on a regular basis.
On July 11, 2020, Ubisoft went on damage control mode. A press release announced the voluntary departure of several key players, including Cecil Cornett, the company’s global head of human resources, and Ubisoft’s chief content officer Serge Haskot. Hascoët was at the center of most complaints related to HR, which were accused of sexual misconduct and harassment against the critic who criticized him.
I want to echo something happening around #HoldUbisoft Accountable
This is a Ubisoft problem, but also a problem that primarily affects women working on these games and the creators who promote them.
Please uplift our female Ubisoft friends and creators too!#ACSisterhood
– JordanDos (@itsJordanDoes) 20 May 2021
Not great, bob
So what is it like, ten months after the alleged massive resale of the company’s way of operating at Ubisoft? According to a report by the French publication Le telegramme, Not much has changed. Most of the people in the HR department responsible for the initial crisis remain in their positions. And the “new blood” brought in to replace those who resigned is not really interested in improving the company.
Ubisoft sources said Le telegramme That new harassment cases reported in the Canada branch of the company are still not being addressed. In addition, some of those who were charged in the initial wave of investigations are still part of the company. For example, Florent Castellanerac, who has been accused of harassment by more than a dozen employees, remains the head of UbaySoft-owned Nadeo.
And even though Ubisoft is in the process of implementing some changes – such as reworking its code of conduct to actually address harassment, and training staff and management to deal with these situations – sources said Le telegramme That it all seems meaningless. “We understand a wish” [from management] To leave the crisis behind by the summer of 2020 as it represents a risk to the group’s sustainability.
– Oscar de l (@ Oscartel1) 20 May 2021
Meanwhile, Ubisoft is actually in the midst of actual legal proceedings in relation to the 2020 harassment cases. The Game Workers Union is leading a collective action against the Solidares Informatic Jew Video Company. The results of the original allegations are not clearly over.
But the legal implications of the company’s toxic workplace environment are far from the only concern for Ubisoft. Report from Le telegramme The gaming community is fired up. And so we go back to #HoldUbisoftAccountable, and suddenly drive towards canceling Ubisoft. Stop buying Ubisoft games, delete your Ubisoft account, stop covering Ubisoft games on your social media channels. . . you get the idea.
Upon request for comment, a Ubisoft representative convinced the gaming site VG 24 That “serious changes” have “occurred at every level of the company”. He said: “Additional initiatives are underway and are being rolled out in the coming months. We are committed to strengthening our culture and values in the long term, to help ensure that every member of the team at Ubisoft is heard, respected and valued in the workplace. “
Where do you stand when it comes to Ubisoft controversy? Are you deleting your Ubisoft account or do you think the company needs more time to implement the changes? Tell us in the comments!