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Ubisoft CEO Responds To Employee Letter Supporting Activision Blizzard Walkout

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Ubisoft CEO Responds To Employee Letter Supporting Activision Blizzard Walkout

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has responded to the hundreds of employees who signed an open letter in support of Activision Blizzard staff's mass walkout earlier this week.

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Guillemot sent out an internal statement to the company in which he said Ubisoft want to "reiterate our commitment to creating real and lasting change", but acknowledged that there is more work to be done.

You can see his entire message below, via Axios reporter Stephen Totilo.

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Guillemot reminded employees of some of the actions Ubisoft has taken so far, following last year's sexual harassment and toxic workplace allegations. He mentioned the company's new code of conduct, hiring new leaders, rolling out mandatory training, and completely overhauling HR processes.

He also directly addressed the employee letter, which has reportedly now been signed by close to 1,000 Ubisoft employees and stands firmly with the workers at Activision Blizzard in the wake of the many harassment allegations and lawsuit involving higher-ups at the Call Of Duty publisher.

"It should no longer be a surprise to anyone: employees, executives, journalists, or fans that these heinous acts are going on," the Ubisoft employees said. "It is time to stop being shocked. We must demand real steps be taken to prevent them. Those responsible must be held accountable for their actions."

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Credit: Ubisoft
Credit: Ubisoft

Guillemot responded: "Yesterday's letter expresses concern from employees who want to make Ubisoft a better place. We have heard clearly from this letter that not everyone is confident in the processes that have been put in place to manage misconduct reports. This is a top priority for Anika [Grant, new 'Chief People Officer], who continues to ensure they are robust and independent. In addition to our current processes, we are currently recruiting a new VP Global Employee Relations."

The CEO's letter ended with a promise to update employees on further action in "Q3", in a few months time. This will apparently include next steps for the company's HR "roadmap", as well as a handful of other initiatives ostensibly designed as part of the ongoing efforts to create a safer and more inclusive working environment.

Featured Image Credit: Ubisoft/Activision Blizzard

Topics: News, Ubisoft, Activision

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