Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO, promises changes to the company based on allegations of misconduct.
Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has dealt with allegations of wrongdoing that are swirling around the company and promising change.
Guillemot recently made a statement in a video posted on YouTube. He initially admits that Ubisoft Forward will air tonight, September 10th, and will feature new looks for a variety of upcoming games. Guillemot says the event is going on but that he has something to say first.
You can watch the video for yourself below.
“I would like to say a few words about internal problems that have recently come to light,” says Guillemot. “This summer we learned that certain Ubisoft employees had failed to uphold our company’s values and that our systems failed to protect the victims of their behavior.”
It’s important to note that the issues haven’t come to light recently – the company’s allegations go back years, they weren’t only addressed until after they became public.
“I’m really sorry for everyone who was injured,” continues Guillemot. “We have taken important steps to remove or sanction those who violate our values and Code of Conduct, and we are working hard to improve our systems and processes.”
Guillemot doesn’t mention how the company is improving its systems and processes, but the steps to remove or sanction those allegedly alleged are likely to relate to employees who have resigned or been laid off in recent months.
Two high-ranking creatives were suspended in mid-June for alleged misconduct, while three other employees resigned a few weeks later. Since then, Ubisoft’s PR director has been sacked, another CEO has resigned, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director has been expelled from the project.
Guillemot notes that the company is also focused on enhancing diversity and inclusivity and will invest an additional $ 1 million in its graduation program to create opportunities for underrepresented groups in the industry.
“We are at the beginning of a long journey,” says Guillemot. “Real change will take time, but I am determined to do everything in my power to make sure everyone at Ubisoft feels welcome, respected and safe, and to rebuild the trust of our teams, fans and players . “
Guillemot also addresses the recent controversy surrounding his mobile game Elite Squad, which featured a black power fist symbolizing an organization causing social unrest.
“That kind of mistake can’t happen,” said Guillemot. “We are taking security measures to prevent this in the future.” Like the systems and processes that are apparently implemented to prevent further misconduct, these protective measures have not been described in detail.
“We condemn anyone who uses our games as a proxy for hatred or toxicity,” says Guillemot. “We fully support the Black Lives Matter movement and today we are also donating to the NAACP Legal Protection Fund.”
“I’m determined to drive change at Ubisoft,” concludes Guillemot, “and to make sure we always uphold and exemplify our core values in the company, in the industry, in the community and in our games.”
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