Ubisoft CEO Plans to Establish Multidisciplinary Group in Wake of Allegations

Ubisoft CEO Plans to Establish Multidisciplinary Group in Wake of Allegations

The group will determine ways to better detect and resolve incidents within Ubisoft.

In the wave of allegations that has swept across the industry over the last week, a number of Ubisoft employees were named. There has been a public response, and now reports are emerging of what the internal response has looked like from CEO Yves Guillemot.

In an internal Ubisoft letter obtained and published in full by VentureBeat, Guillemot does not specify specific allegations or actions. Instead, he assures that he will "personally" follow each of the situations.

"These actions are in total contradiction with our values and with what I want for Ubisoft," Guillemot writes. "The company we hold dear must offer a welcoming and respectful environment, allowing everyone to flourish. I will not accept anything less."

Alongside measures already taken, which include investigations with the support of specialized external consultants, Guillemot asks for a multidisciplinary working group to be set up across Ubisoft to tackle these subjects. The group will come up with "better solutions and tools to detect, report, and resolve any incident or serious problem without delay and in an impartial manner," and will also be aided by an external partner.

The company has already reportedly placed two executives and several other employees on administrative leave in the wake of these allegations. Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail has taken a leave of absence.

This has all been part of a new wave of allegations across the industry that some have dubbed a new #MeToo movement. As the industry spends more time rooting out its own issues and righting its wrongs, Ubisoft's response will speak volumes, especially as its upcoming Ubisoft Forward online showcase is quickly approaching.

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