Ubisoft CEO Yves Gulemot posted a video statement addressing a number of controversies that have rocked the company over the past few months.
The statement, broadcast on social accounts yesterday ahead of the Ubisoft Forward program, addresses recent allegations of abuse by Ubisoft employees as well as the clutter Tom Clancy’s elite squad Smartphone games.
Regarding the allegations of misconduct, Gilmott said:
This summer we learned that some Ubisoft employees had failed to uphold our company’s values and that our systems failed to protect the victims of their behavior. I am really sorry for everyone who was hurt. We have taken important steps to remove or approve those who violate our values and practices, and we are working to improve our systems and processes.
We also focus on enhancing diversity and inclusivity at all levels of the company. For example, we will invest another 1million in our graduate programs over the next five years. The focus will be on creating opportunities for small groups, including women and people of color, to join Ubisoft and thrive there.
We are at the beginning of a long journey. The real change will take time. But I am determined to do everything in my power to make everyone at Ubisoft feel welcome, respected, and safe. And to rebuild the trust our teams, fans and players have in us.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad – Ubisoft’s new mobile phone title – has been criticized for seemingly portraying a Black Lives Matter-like movement in a negative light.
Gilmott addressed the problem with the following statement:
This year was marked by social unrest around the world. I want to make it clear that Ubisoft stands for equality and respect for all. Unfortunately, one of our latest mobile games contained content that was inappropriate. This type of monitoring cannot be performed. We keep the room safe to prevent this from happening in the future.
We condemn anyone who uses our game as a proxy for hatred or poisoning. We fully support the Black Lives Matters movement. And today we’re also donating to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Gilmott also opposed the company’s resignation, saying he was “fully committed to leading the transformation at Ubisoft and ensuring we consistently adhere to our values and be role models for the company.” In, in industry, in the city and in. Our game. “