In its annual Universal Registration Document, Ubisoft publicly (and quietly considering that most people never read these things …) acknowledged that ”inappropriate behavior by employees”It was a new risk facing the big publisher and developer and could lead to the company losing talented employees.
This Universal Registration Document focuses on various aspects of Ubisoft, including financial risks, key people, corporate structure, and legal and regulatory documents.
Included in this large document is a section detailing how Ubisoft faces problems with retaining and hiring new talent due to an “Occurrence of inappropriate behavior by employees,” Ubisoft lists the risk of failure to “attract and keep talent ”like“ High ”.
The document goes on to explain that by mid-June 2020 Ubisoft was under increasing pressure, both internally and externally, to eliminate toxic behavior in the company. In August 2020, Kotaku reported on these allegations and the repercussions that followed. Many people have left society after claims that the publisher’s top executives had ignored or abused complaints regarding sexual harassment and misconduct. In September, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot apologized to “all who have been wounded” by a bad conduct to the editor. However, this video was not included in an Ubisoft Play livestream event that was aired on the day due to “timing restrictions.”
The document also contains information on what Ubisoft has done to combat toxic behavior and harassment, including mandatory training for all workers on harassment and sexism and the creation of a new position, the VP of Global Diversity and Inclusion. Ubisoft argues that this “promotes diversity, equity and inclusion” in the company.
However, Ubisoft prevents the added risks from a toxic workplace from being easily addressed, adding that “it cannot provide an absolute guarantee that this type of risk will be controlled.”
While Ubisoft in this paper intends to work to resolve some of the toxic issues affecting some studies, the recent announcement of a new, massive one assassin’s Creed project next to a reorganization of the studies Ubisoft has it would have angered some staff. The problem is that according to them, some of the people who are still in charge are people who were accused of abusive behavior. An Ubisoft spokesman he said Bloomberg last week that any employee who faced allegations of toxic and firm behavior at Ubisoft had their case “rigorously reviewed by a third party” and those involved were “exempted or subjected to appropriate disciplinary action”.
It seems that Ubisoft, like many other gaming companies, has a lot of work to do if they want to improve and solve toxic jobs full of annoyances. And as usual with these things, it takes a long time to see progress.