Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot responded to an open letter posted by employees earlier this week, and his response was not as well received as hoped by those working at the company.
Earlier this week, more than 500 (now more than 1,000) current and former Ubisoft staff signed an open letter to the company, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to make appropriate changes after the scandal last year involving members of senior management.
In response, the company’s CEO Yves Guillemot sent a letter to employees, reiterating previous statements made after the scandal erupted, saying the company had made “significant progress” during the year. past and that the company was taking the issues raised in this week’s letter seriously.
Guillemot’s statement, shared by Stephen Totilo from Axios, also mentions that a “new company-wide survey” will be launched by the end of the year and that Ubisoft is looking for a new VP of global labor relations.
“Yesterday’s letter expresses the concern of employees who want to make Ubisoft a better place,” said Guillemot. It’s a top priority for Anika [Grant], which continues to ensure that they are robust and independent.
Despite the response, the group that wrote the original letter told GI.biz that few “points of the group appear to have been addressed.”
The group said it was well aware that the company had made some improvements, however, it says Ubisoft continues to “protect and promote known violators and their allies.”
The group also wants changes within the company to be done in collaboration with employees “at all levels”.
“By being the first to start this collaboration, Ubisoft has the opportunity to be at the forefront of creating a better future for the games industry,” the letter said. “We demand that this work be done in collaboration with employees at all levels.
“We want to see real and fundamental change within Ubisoft and across the industry, for the good of our members. Again, we look forward to a response that addresses all of the issues raised and properly acknowledges our demands. ”
Over the past year, various reports from current and former employees painted an unwelcoming picture of the company, with allegations of sexual misconduct attributed to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail, and several executives and managers called in for abuse, discrimination and even more sexual misconduct. .
Following the news announcement, Ubisoft suspended Vice Presidents Tommy François and Maxime Béland and created an online portal for employees to anonymously report harassment.
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