In the wake of the recent eruption of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations in the gaming industry, many individuals and companies have been feeling the heat. One of those affected is Ubisoft, who has launched investigations into several of its employees. This has resulted in at least two executives being placed on leave while the allegations are being looked into, according to Bloomberg.
Rude awakening at Ubisoft
Tommy François and Maxime Béland have been placed on leave, being two Ubisoft vice presidents that have assisted in the global development of games. Both men are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, with multiple victims coming forward on Twitter. This follows the stepping down of the creative director behind Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail, who took a leave of absence following accusations of infidelity.
The extent of the allegations remains to be seen, but Ubisoft is certainly not waiting to address the issues. In a statement, the company reassured the community that it will be looking into the matters and taking appropriate action:
“Concerning recent allegations raised against certain Ubisoft team members: We want to start by apologizing to everyone affected by this – we are truly sorry. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive and safe environment for our teams, players, and communities. It is clear we have fallen short of this in the past. We must do better.”
The company has launched investigations with the help of “specialized external consultants.” Following that, they are also “fully committed to taking any and all appropriate disciplinary action.” The strong stance of Ubisoft will definitely help in these circumstances.
Existing policies, processes, and systems will also be looked at. Ubisoft will be making sure no such opportunities present themselves to would-be perpetrators in the future. Many in the Twitch and YouTube spheres have also been vocal about rampant abuse and sexual misconduct among various groups. Creators, fans, and developers are now coming forward to bring light to the issue.
As the movement continues to grow, it will hopefully usher in an industry-wide change in behavior. Everyone deserves to be kept safe from predators, especially in the workplace, and the gaming industry is no different.