Some workers say the French developer has made minimal changes.
Unfortunately, the video game industry is not spared bad work practices. In addition to crunch, another topic that has been discussed a lot in recent times has to do with cases of harassment and workplace abuse. Ubisoft, the French developer, had to deal with different problems and accusations during 2020. The company even publicly apologized in the words of its CEO.
Worker representatives do not believe personnel changes will helpNow a investigation of the French medium Le Télégramme (and translated by GamesIndustry.biz), has posted updates on this abuse case at Ubisoft. Apparently, in May he had to start a Judicial process in relation to this alleged harassment. Although the French company has made changes to the company, the French media has assured that they are minimal and they have had no impact.
In fact, Ubisoft long ago publicly told what it should do to end the abuse. Although it appears that the creators of the Assassin’s Creed saga have changed the director of human resources, an elected representative of Ubisoft’s social and economic committee has commented that don’t “expect anything to come out of these appointments”, since the personnel who covered the problems are still in place.
Some of those accused of harassment they are still working in the company and a union representative has assured that Ubisoft protects some of them. In Canada, and according to Le Télégramme, everything remains the same. “Nothing has changed”, has affirmed a source of this means, since the appointment of Christophe Derennes (cousin of Yves Guillemot).
Ubisoft has made a new code of conduct to be posted in the summer that mentions harassment. In addition, the investigation has found that “20,000 staff members received courses after the crisis, and managers received more advanced sessions focused on responsibility.” It seems that Ubisoft has tried to steer the situation, but without success.
“We perceive a wish [de la dirección] to leave behind the crisis of the summer of 2020, since represents a risk for group durability. But training (courses) must be periodically renewed and offered to new staff. For now, this request has not been answered, “a source has informed. representative Ubisoft has reached out to GamesIndustry.biz to comment on this news.
Additional initiatives are underway and will be implemented in the coming monthsUbisoft representative“Over a period of several months, Ubisoft has implemented major changes in your organization, internal processes and procedures for ensure a safe working environment, inclusive and respectful for all team members. These concrete actions demonstrate the profound changes that have occurred at all levels of the company “, explained the representative.
“There are additional initiatives underway and will be implemented in the coming months. We are committed to strengthening our culture and values over the long term, to help ensure that all members of the Ubisoft team are heard, respected and valued in the workplace, “said the worker. In recent days, Ubisoft made it clear that it will continue to bet on Triple A games.
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