Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot made an online statement earlier this week apologizing to past and present employees for the numerous cases of sexual abuse and toxicity in the workplace.
Guillemot’s apology also came before the Ubisoft Forward Live stream while the studio claims there wasn’t enough time to record the segment before the game announcements and trailers were posted. The four-minute video describes employees who violated their codes of conduct and investment and diversity plans with over $ 1 million in graduate programs.
“I’m really sorry for everyone who was injured,” said Guillemot, adding that the company is taking steps to represent women and POC to expand the studio. “We are at the beginning of a long journey. Real change will take time. But I am determined to do everything in my power to ensure that everyone at Ubisoft feels welcome, respected, and safe. And to rebuild the trust of our teams, fans and players in us. “
Guillemot also addressed the recent controversy surrounding his cell phone Elite unit, which featured the first symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement as a badge for the game’s main villains. “Unfortunately, one of our recent mobile games contained content that was inappropriate,” said Guillemot. “This kind of mistake cannot happen. We take security precautions to prevent this in the future. We condemn anyone who uses our games as a proxy for hatred or toxicity. “
The trailer was removed by Ubisoft while the logo was redesigned. The final build of the Elite unit would also mend the fist shown on the game’s hostile organization Umbra. Ubisoft is also making a donation to the NAACP in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Social media users polled the studio for excluding the segment from the Ubisoft Forward Live stream, while a response stated “time restrictions”, Guillemot’s video was posted as a single online post. They also promised to include it in the latest revisions Forward Live stream before the placement of games and trailers.