PARIS | The video game publisher Ubisoft has announced that it has launched several internal investigations concerning allegations of violence and sexual harassment against some of its officers, on the background of the mobilization for several days against the sexism in this medium is still very masculine.
“Based on the findings of these investigations), we are committed to taking all appropriate disciplinary measures,” writes Ubisoft in a press release published in the night from Thursday to Friday, saying “sorry” and “committed to creating an inclusive environment and safe for our teams, our players and our communities”.
“It is clear today that we have not been able to achieve this goal,” admits the company.
“We are also conducting the audit of our policies, procedures and existing systems to understand where they were failing, and we ensure that we can better prevent, detect and punish any inappropriate behaviour,” she continued.
Contacted by AFP, Ubisoft was not able to indicate if people had been laid off.
Wednesday, of the anonymous witnesses from employees or ex-employees of Ubisoft have appeared on Twitter, aimed for executives at studios in Toronto and Montreal, but also in Brazil, Bulgaria and the United States, and on facts sometimes going back several years.
“Drunk and mad”, a creative director “has strangled an employee at a party, Far Cry (a famous franchise of Ubisoft)”, accuses one of them, who adds that the head of the studio in question was aware and “did nothing”, the person referred to had subsequently received a promotion.
Other testimonies point to the industry’s “incredibly toxic to women’: a former employee tells a colleague asked him for a blowjob at a party while she was still working in his office, others reported that such a creative director has “licked the face” of an employee in another business party.
“I made the object of ridicule when I went to see my boss to talk to him about my problems,” says one of them.
Since a week, the video games industry in general is being shaken by a wave of accusations : dozens of women have shared on the networks, their experience of discrimination, harassment, or sexual assault by players or people in an environment still very masculine.