Paris-based video game company Ubisoft announced Saturday that several senior company officials are leaving amid allegations of abuse and harassment. The games of creative director Serge Sergeco, global head of RR. H H. Cécile Cornet, and Yannis Mallat, managing director of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios, “come after the start of a rigorous review that the company initiated in response to recent allegations and allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior,” Ubisoft said in a statement. .
Earlier this week, Ubisoft confirmed the departure of its vice president, Maxime Béland, following the assault allegations, prompting the departure of a total of four prominent executives. Under Mallat, Ubisoft’s Toronto studio produced several of Ubisoft’s largest gaming franchises: He personally produced the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time series before managing major brands, including Assassin’s Creed; Rainbow six; Far away; Guard dogs; and for honor.
French news channel Release He reported details of some of the allegations against Hascoët, who oversaw all of the company’s games, and many deemed him close to CEO Yves Guillemot, according to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier.
This is a * huge * deal for Ubisoft. Serge Hascoet was the man in charge of ALL his games. With one word, you could give the green light or cancel a project. Many Ubisoft employees believed he was too powerful and close to the CEO to be kicked out, no matter how many allegations came up
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 11, 2020
Ubisoft employees in Toronto had told the company’s leadership that they had “serious concerns about the current harassment and the inability to feel safe or protected within our own studio” in a letter signed by more than 100 employees, Kotaku reported earlier this week.
The company said recent allegations against multiple Ubisoft employees in Canada make it “impossible” for Mallat to continue in his role. Mallat was fired just a day after apparently addressing these allegations against the company as a whole and being the one to reassure employees:
NEW: Ubisoft Canada CEO Yannis Mallat addressed the recent wave of misconduct allegations in a presentation to the Montreal office today. According to sources present, Mallat apologized to the victims and employees, but also emphasized that most of the company is a good person.
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Guillemot will now oversee “a comprehensive review of how creative teams collaborate,” according to the company’s press release.
The company is hiring an international management consulting firm to audit its human resources procedures, part of what it calls a “comprehensive set of initiatives” to foster “an environment that its employees, partners and communities can be proud of, one that reflect Ubisoft’s values and that is safe for everyone. “
Guillemot said in a statement that Ubisoft had “breached its obligation.” to Ensure a safe and inclusive work environment for your employees. This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values that I have never compromised, and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our work culture. ”