Two top Ubisoft execs leave during sexual harassment probe

Joanna Estrada
July 7, 2020

In the wake of workplace-related sexual misconduct allegations that saw Ubisoft remove the creative director of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla last month, the company has announced new steps to make "fundamental changes" that address issues of diversity and on-the-job harassment, according to CEO Yves Guillemot. As for the resignation of Maxime Beland, we do not know if the abandonment of the former Vice President Editorial of Ubisoft could have repercussions on the development of the rumored Splinter Cell 7. Independent control bodies are now investigating the many allegations in order to make a just judgment and take the necessary steps, to make Ubisoft a better place to work, Guillemot wrote.

Looking past the investigations that are now going on, Ubisoft has stated that they have created a confidential alert platform where employees can report any harassment or any other inappropriate behavior that they experience. As these investigations are ongoing, we can't comment further.

Ubisoft has also established an internet confidential alarm system which enables internal and external people to record reports of discrimination, harassment and other inappropriate behaviors, based on Guillemot.

The allegations, outlined by twitter user @DennyVonDoom, collect statements from some of Beland's co-workers and acquaintances. Meanwhile, accusers say Francois "pressured female juniors into sex in front of his employees, made jokes/threats of spiking their drinks", and encouraged a toxic workplace environment. "He kept his job".

The editorial department is the highest-ranking creative department at the studio. Guillemot's new announcement comes days after a second inner letter in which he vowed to change from the business's culture.

"No one should ever feel harassed or disrespected at work, and the types of inappropriate behaviour we have recently learned about can not and will not be tolerated". "We must do everything we can to ensure no one is in these situations ever again". "With this in mind, I also am putting in place a series of initiatives that will serve as a roadmap as we listen, learn, and act".

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