Paris-based video game company Ubisoft announced on Saturday that several senior executives from the company are leaving on charges of abuse and harassment. Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët, global director of HR Cécile Cornet, and Yannis Mallat, managing director of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios, are leaving after the launch of a rigorous review initiated by the company in response to recent allegations and allegations of wrongdoing inappropriate behavior, ”said Ubisoft in a statement.
Earlier this week, Ubisoft confirmed the departure of his Vice President Maxime Béland after allegations of assault, causing a total of four prominent executives to leave. Under Mallat, Ubisoft̵
French news agency liberation reported details of some of the allegations against Hascoët, who oversaw all of the company’s games, and was considered by many to be close to CEO Yves Guillemot Bloomberg Reporter Jason Schreier.
This is a * huge * deal for Ubisoft. Serge Hascoet was the man who was responsible for ALL of their games. In a word, he could give the green light or cancel a project. Many Ubisoft employees believed that he was too powerful and close to the CEO to ever be ousted, no matter how many allegations came up
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier), July 11, 2020
Ubisoft Toronto employees had sent a letter to management saying that they “have serious concerns about the continued reported harassment and inability to feel safe or secure in our own studio,” in a letter signed by more than 100 employees. Kotaku Reported earlier this week.
The company said recent charges against several Ubisoft employees in Canada have made Mallat “impossible” to continue his position. Mallat was released just a day after apparently addressing these allegations against the company in general and reassuring employees:
NEW: Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Canada, gave a presentation today in front of the Montreal office on the recent wave of misconduct allegations. According to sources, Mallat apologized to victims and employees, but also emphasized that most of the company are good people.
– AmericanTruckSongs8 (@ethangach), July 10, 2020
Guillemot will now monitor “a complete overhaul of the way the creative teams work together,” according to the company’s press release.
The company engages an international management consultancy to review its personnel procedures. This is part of a so-called “comprehensive set of initiatives” to create an environment that employees, partners and communities can be proud of – one that reflects the values and values of Ubisoft that is certain for everyone. “
Guillemot said in a statement that Ubisoft “had failed to honor its commitment to Ensuring a safe and inclusive work environment for its employees. This is unacceptable because toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values that I never compromised with – and never will. I am determined to implement profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture. “