Ubisoft VP Steps Down Following Abuse Allegations
Ubisoft has had quite an interesting and eventful month. While prepping for its big Ubisoft Forward digital presentation that was meant to show big future titles, the company also faced a massive amount of harassment and abuse claims against individual employees, as well as structural issues inherent to the company. In the weeks that have followed, some major Ubisoft players have been moved around or voluntarily axed from the company. Now, another key Ubisoft VP central to the allegations has stepped down from his position in the company as well.
As reported on Prima Games, Ubisoft Vice President of Editorial and Creative Services Tommy Francois has departed from the company after being on paid leave in the weeks since the allegations arose. An email from CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that the VP is no longer with the company, with the message not acknowledging any of the specific allegations made against him. Francois held one of the highest creative positions at Ubisoft, having had a huge creative influence on the publisher’s biggest franchises, including Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, and Far Cry. The allegations made against Francois include making inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace, both regarding himself and made towards others, as well as unwanted physical harassment towards employees.
Francois had worked in the Paris headquarters of Ubisoft, where he served as the right-hand man to Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoet, who also resigned from the company this past month after receiving similar sexual harassment claims against him. These two have followed the resignations of other accused Ubisoft VPs, including Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat, Global Head of HR Cecile Cornet, and Creative VP Maxime Belland.
It is good to see that these toxic leaders are being removed from the company, but given how non-descript Ubisoft’s acknowledgments of these employees and behaviors have been, the company may have bigger systemic issues that still need addressing. This change needs to come from the top down at the company, placing people who take these issues with great concern in positions of power and know-how to utilize that power for good. Hopefully, that comes to pass and this toxic past, while never forgotten, remains a memory in the Animus of Ubisoft.
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