This last week has seen an outpouring of allegations over various acts of misconduct, harassment, and more in the games industry. They've ranged from those on the development side to streamers and media, and today, a report claims Ubisoft has placed two executives on leave pending further investigation into misconduct allegations against them.
Jason Schreier at Bloomberg reports that Tommy François and Maxime Béland, two vice presidents at Ubisoft, have been placed on administrative leave alongside an unspecified number of additional Ubisoft employees. Both VPs had several claims against them of misconduct.
When reached for comment by USgamer, a spokesperson provided the following statement, also given to Bloomberg: "These are under investigation so we are not commenting further at this time."
Ubisoft employees have been the subject of a number of allegations, including some brought against Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail, who took a leave of absence earlier this week after misconduct allegations were brought against him.
In an update posted yesterday in the wake of the ongoing allegations against several Ubisoft employees, the publisher issued a blanket statement saying it had launched investigations into the allegations with the help of a "specialized external council." It also said the company would be auditing its existing policies to better prevent, detect, and punish inappropriate behavior.
The allegations across the industry have ranged in scope from Ubisoft to other developers, including longtime writer and designer Chris Avellone, as well as a number of high-profile streamers. Twitch recently confirmed in a blog post that it would begin assessing allegations brought against streamers on the platform, and would be permanently suspending some pending further investigation.