Ubisoft has recently faced serious charges. The company is said to use unethical working methods and condone inappropriate management behaviour. Three employees - Serge Hascoët, Yannis Mallat and Cécile Cornet - have been accused.
In the French magazine Liberation, we read that Hascoet regularly harassed his subordinates, exhibited misogynist and homophobic behavior, and violated their comfort zone by resorting to action of sexual character. Mallat and Cornet did not commit such acts, but clearly condoned bullying and pathological situations.
It didn't take long for Ubisoft to react, which announced in an official press release the voluntary departure of the accused employees (which rules out disciplinary layoff). Their positions are to be replaced soon. The president of the company Yves Guillemot responded in the document to current events:
"Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees. This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast 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."
The tense situation in the company does not change its marketing plans. The Ubisoft Forward event will start today at noon, during which we will see the latest games from the studio.