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Following the assault and sexual harassment of a female employee at Ubisoft's Toronto office that broke out last month, Maxime Béland, the co-founder and vice president of the assault, has resigned. However, that didn't end the matter, as it was revealed that several more executives are leaving the game maker over the assault and harassment.
On July 11, UBIsoft France announced that Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët, Global Head HR Cécile Cornet and Ubisoft Canada Managing Director Yannis Mallat will be leaving the company. The company said this was due to the launch of a rigorous investigation "to recent allegations and accusations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior." This has led to the departure of as many as four board members from UBIsoft in a matter of weeks.
In particular, Hascoët was the executive who led the development of Ubisoft's popular Rayman, Assassin's Creed, and The Division games, and Tommy François, who was disciplined at the time of Béland's resignation, was considered to be Hascoët's right hand man.
French newspaper Libération reported the allegations about Hascoët as someone close to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Meanwhile, Kotaku reported earlier last week that more than 100 undersigned employees in its Toronto office had sent a letter to Ubisoft executives, saying they had serious concerns "about ongoing reported harassment and an inability to feel safe" in the studio.
In a release issued on Release 11, Ubisoft said that Yannis Mallat cannot remain in its current position in light of the recent allegations and in order to reflect Ubisoft's values and make it "an environment that its employees, partners and communities can be proud of – one that reflects Ubisoft’s values and that is safe for everyone".
CEO Guillemot expressed remorse that Ubisoft had "fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees", and said "I am committed to implementing profound changes across the Company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture".
Ubisoft will be hosting a live-streamed new release announcement event, Ubisoft Forward, on July 13 at 3 a.m. Japan time. Before that, they may have tried to get the company's credibility back on track first and let the pus drain out.
Ubisoft Forward will be announcing new information about Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion, among others. In addition, during the live stream time, the 2014 RPG Child of Light will be given away for free for Japan (Watch Dogs 2 outside of Japan).
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