Ubisoft Parts Ways With More Senior Execs Amid Allegations of Misconduct

Ubisoft Parts Ways With More Senior Execs Amid Allegations of Misconduct

Several more high-level Ubisoft employees are out.

Several more Ubisoft executives have departed the publisher today as allegations of misconduct and harassment have surfaced against several employees. Serge Hascoët, Ubisoft's Chief Creative Officer, will resign effective immediately, alongside two other execs.

Yannis Mallat, Managing Director of Ubisoft's Canadian studios, will be resigning his role overseeing those divisions and departing the company. In a statement from Ubisoft, the company states that the recent allegations against multiple employees in Canada have made it "impossible for him to continue in this position." Global Head of HR Cécile Cornet will also be stepping down, and a search for her replacement will begin immediately. Hascoët's seat, a very prominent one in the company, will be filled by Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot in the interim, and it's been confirmed by Bloomberg that Hascoët will be leaving the company.

These are part of the "profound changes" promised by Guillemot in a recent statement in the wake of numerous allegations brought against industry members, and in particular, a number of Ubisoft employees. A previous report alleged that two other executives, Tommy François and Maxime Béland, were placed on administrative leave alongside an unspecified number of other Ubisoft employees. Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director on the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla, also took a leave of absence in the wake of allegations brought against him of misconduct.

"Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees," said Guillemot in today's statement. "This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contract to values on which I have never compromised—and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the Company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture."

An internal letter that circulated earlier this month also spoke to efforts within the company, including establishing a multidisciplinary group to come up with better solutions for detecting, reporting, and resolving incidents "without delay and in an impartial manner." This all comes just one day before Ubisoft's big E3-style digital showcase Ubisoft Forward, where it's poised to reveal a number of new and major titles coming to consoles over the coming year.

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