Ubisoft promises major changes following sexual harassment accusations

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The gaming industry, like many others suffers from serious issues when it comes to equality in the workplace. While few of these stories ever get told or indeed addressed, it looks like Ubisoft is finally ready to take action following recent reports of misconduct by many of its senior members, which included accusations of sexual assault against two executives.

Ubisoft has already placed those employees accused of misconduct on leave as it launches investigations into the allegations, but the company is also wanting to take things a step further, having announced some sweeping changes are far as its internal mechanisms are concerned.

In a blog post published earlier this week, the company’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, noted that it taking steps to address the culture within the organisation.

“We are not looking for a quick fix, but rather a structural shift at Ubisoft that fully aligns with our values – values that do not tolerate toxic behaviors and where everyone feels safe to speak out,” he writes.

Guillemot also announced a new role at the company, which will head up this drive to change the culture.

“I have appointed Lidwine Sauer to oversee all our efforts in this area. Lidwine is familiar to some of you from her role as a Projects Director in the Strategic Innovation Lab, and I am very pleased that she has agreed to take on this responsibility. As I already told Lidwine, she is empowered to examine all aspects of our company’s culture and to suggest comprehensive changes that will benefit all of us,” he explains.

Some other changes include creating opportunities to engage more with employees and allow them to speak openly when needed.

“Starting Monday, we will begin hosting a series of employee listening sessions, which some of you already have organized informally. These are not Q&A sessions or town hall meetings; the goal of these sessions is to actively and considerately listen to your experiences and concerns, as well as your suggestions for improvement,” adds the CEO.

“To complement these sessions, we will be launching a global employee survey on this subject within the next two weeks. We are in the process of finalizing it now. Our aim is to encourage candid feedback, and I ask that everyone please participate. It will be entirely anonymous and will provide us with extremely valuable insights to spur change within the company,” Guillemot continues.

What tangible difference these newly announced changes will bring, remains to be seen. It is also to be determined what will happen to the aforementioned employees and executives accused of misconduct, and whether proper action will be taken against them.

If the actions of big tech firms like Google serve as any example, it is that farther reaching changes need to be made in order to address issues like this.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.


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