Nearly 500 current and former Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees following a recent lawsuit alleging that the World of Warcraft and Overwatch studios are “a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women.” was called. The letter also criticizes the “empty promises” made by Ubisoft’s leadership in response to allegations of “systemic discrimination, harassment and bullying” within the company and suggests an industry-wide collaboration to establish a set of “rules and procedures for dealing with reports Criminal offenses ”.
To the Activision Blizzard staff, the open letter, shared by Axios reporter Stephen Totilo on TwitterHe begins: “We hear you and want to loudly declare our solidarity with you. Last week the games industry was shaken again by revelations that have long been known to many of us. Revelations that were many a year ago “heard from Ubisoft.”
“The frequency of these reports makes it clear,” the letter continues, “that there is a widespread and deeply rooted culture of abuse in the industry. It should no longer surprise anyone: employees, executives, journalists, or fans that they are abhorrent Actions are underway. It is time to stop being shocked. We must demand that real steps be taken to prevent them. Those responsible must be held accountable for their actions. “
Here is the full length letter. It is not only for AB employees, not only criticizes Ubisoft bosses. It requires industry-wide action and changes that publishers and developers are involved in. pic.twitter.com/WMNmRHjrq0
– Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) July 28, 2021
According to the letter, Ubisoft became embroiled in its own troubling settlements last summer when employees began demanding toxic working conditions within the company, including allegations of serious sexual misconduct against members of its senior management. Despite assurances from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot that he would “do anything” [his] Power to make sure everyone feels welcome, respected, and safe, “the open letter reads that little has changed.
“We, the undersigned, have had enough,” it continues, this time directly to the Ubisoft management. “It has been over a year since the first revelations of systemic discrimination, harassment and bullying came out within Ubisoft. At that time, you were surprised to hear about these acts at your own company, and we have the benefit of the doubt given. ” However, we’ve only seen kind words, empty promises, and an inability or unwillingness to remove known offenders for just a year. We no longer trust your commitment to tackle these problems at their core. You have to do more.
“That doesn’t mean more workouts that are ignored by the people who need them most, and that doesn’t mean more reassurances and kind words. It means real, effective action. The only way to fix something so ingrained is to remove the pillars ”who are complicit, whether through active participation or support. This is not just a question of process, focus groups, PR management, or education. It’s about people’s lives, their mental and physical health. By choosing to win over our safety you are literally playing with our life, we shouldn’t have to choose between work and our safety.
“We watched and watched as you just fired most public offenders. They either had the rest of them step down or worse, they got promoted, moved them from studio to studio, from team to team, and gave them a second chance after the second Opportunity with no impact. This cycle must be stopped. We, the collective employees of Ubisoft, demand a seat at the table when it comes to how things go from here. The perpetrators must be removed from the company, along with those who participated in or deliberately ignoring the actions of others. As management, it is your responsibility to see those actions and take action. Ignorance is not an excuse, either in the law or in the eyes of your employees.
The letter continues to call for “real, fundamental changes within Ubisoft, within Activision Blizzard, and across the industry” and suggests the two companies – along with “other industry-leading publishers and developers” – adhere to a “set of rules and regulations Procedures for dealing with reports of these crimes “. It also requires that such work” strongly involve non-management staff and union officials “to ensure that” the whores who are directly affected by these behaviors, the To bring charges “.
Ubisoft has published its own statement in response to the open letter from the employees: “We would like to make it very clear that we take this letter – and the problems associated with it – very seriously. In the past year we committed ourselves to bringing about a fundamental change together with our employees. Many of these changes were driven by internal feedback and insights from our teams and we are grateful for this continuous communication. “
The editor insists that he has already made “significant and meaningful changes aimed at creating a safe and inclusive work environment for all” while acknowledging that “there is still to be done”. “We are fully committed to these efforts and the positive impact they have had on our corporate culture,” it concludes, “while recognizing that we must continue to work with our people to ensure we create jobs that are where she is valued, supported and, above all, safe. “