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Ubisoft has recently been under fire for several misconduct allegations of employees this past year. These allegations have sent shockwaves through the company and high profile individuals within Ubisoft have recently left as accusations have come to light and victims of misconduct have come forward.
Michel Ancel, creator of Beyond Good and Evil, left after accusations of toxic leadership. Tommy François and Maxime Béland, two executives within Ubisoft, were placed on administrative leave while an investigation took place into their behaviour. They have since left the company. Ashraf Ismail, the director of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Serge Hascoët, and Yannis Mallat have also all left the company.
This has put Ubisoft under a microscope - potential customers and the industry as a whole is waiting to see if the developer will take misconduct allegations more seriously, and clean up its tarnished reputation. Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft's CEO, lightly addressed these allegations in a video that released just before Ubisoft Foward in September but once again has had to discuss internal practices after a new survey from within the developer has been published.
The survey is a culmination of answers from 14,000 individuals who work for Ubisoft and was conducted by a third-party research firm, according to The Verge. The survey revealed that 25% of employees have seen or experienced workplace misconduct, and those who are women or non-binary were more likely to experience or see the misconduct.The numbers also reveal that 20% of respondents didn't feel "fully respected or safe in the work environment" according to VGC.
Currently, the workforce of Ubisoft is comprised of 22% women, and it intends to increase that to 24% by 2023, along with increasing their diversity and inclusion efforts generally. Yves Guillemot adds that the company has introduced new reporting mechanisms within the company so victims of misconduct are safer. New codes of conduct and anti-sexism and anti-harassment training is also being implemented across the company to hopefully prevent further incidents.
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