French video game publisher Ubisoft, several executives accused of assault and sexual harassment, announced the departure of several senior officials, including his number two and his director of human resources, in a statement released the night of Saturday to Sunday.
The departures, which also affect the head of Canadian studios at Ubisoft, “follow a rigorous review that the company has conducted in response to recent allegations and accusations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior,” said the publisher, saying determined to “implement major changes in its corporate culture”.
Specifically, the number two of the company “Serge Hascoët has chosen to resign from his position as” Chief creative officer “, with immediate effect. This role will be assumed in the interim by Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, “said the company, which announced on June 26 that it would investigate allegations of violence and harassment targeting executives in several countries.
“Ubisoft has not been able to guarantee its employees a safe and inclusive working environment,” regretted Mr. Guillemot, quoted in the press release issued early Sunday morning.
” It’s not acceptable. All toxic behavior is in total opposition to the values with which I have never compromised and with which I will not compromise, “said the leader.
Mr. Guillemot “will personally oversee a complete overhaul of the collaboration mode of creative teams”, promised Ubisoft, which among its successful franchises, includes the series “Assassin’s Creed”, “Far Cry”, “Rayman” or “The Crew “
In this case, “Yannis Mallat, director of the Ubisoft Canadian studios, leaves office and the Company with immediate effect. The recent allegations made in Canada against many employees do not allow him to continue to assume his responsibilities, “detailed the company.
In addition, “Ubisoft will appoint a new human resources manager, to replace Cécile Cornet, who has decided to resign from this position, in the interest of the group’s unity”.
The company, which has 18,000 employees worldwide, “has also decided to restructure and strengthen the” human resources function and will “have its procedures and policies audited and improved” in this area, she said.