As more and more details about the Californian lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for workplace harassment and sexual misconduct emerge, many at Ubisoft open an open letter in solidarity with their colleagues demanding accountability.
In an open letter, Ubisoft alum organizes efforts to support Activision Blizzard employees and criticizes how the company deals with sexual misconduct, both at Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard. Organizers say there are many among the signatures from the offices in Asia, Europe and North America, with a call for accountability from leadership, including a call for accountability from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. “It should no longer surprise anyone: employees, executives, journalists or fans that these heinous acts are underway,” says part of the letter received Axios. “It’s time to stop being shocked. We must demand that real steps be taken to prevent it. Those responsible must be held accountable for their actions. “
Why is Ubisoft’s additional voice so important? The summer of 2020 marked a massive change in the gaming industry, especially those suffering from sexual misconduct and abusive leadership. After numerous reports of abuse, misconduct and power corruption resulted in the firing of several high-profile executives at Ubisoft, investigations into the downside of this studio’s culture continue. Studies have shown that over 25 percent of employees have or have experienced misconduct in the workplace. While several notable executive positions have become vacant as a result of this investigation, including Ashraf Ismail, Tommy Francois and Maxime Beland, a new report says that many employees feel unheard after numerous managers who have been reported for misconduct remain in their executive positions. Now Activision Blizzard is under a similar microscope, and many in the industry, including Ubisoft, are rallying to support those who are right in the middle of the action.
“We watched and watched as you only released most of the public offenders,” the letter continues. “You either let the rest step back, or worse, promote them, move them from studio to studio, from team to team, and give them a second chance after the second with no impact. This cycle has to stop. “
While several notable names have been fired from Ubisoft following last year’s events, a new report released earlier this summer shows that not much else has been done and that much of the reported behavior is supposedly still widespread.
Regarding Activision Blizzard, a strike protest is scheduled for today after a public message to Activision Blizzard leadership garnered over 1,500 signatures. A / B CEO Bobby Kotick has also paid particular attention to the rejection of an earlier statement by the company against the allegations. To find out more, please see our previous coverage here.