Some of you may recall that Ubisoft was recently rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault, and rape of female employees within the company. Although several figureheads accused of these crimes are no longer with the company, they were allowed to resign, receive a payout and keep other bonuses. The sad reality is that Ubisoft superstars like Yves Guillemot didn’t care about the victims of the culture they controlled and covered up. It seems that the staff realized this by mentioning it in a letter of solidarity; nearly 500 of them have written in support of Activision Blizzard employees who have also fallen victim to a culture of rampant sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.
Originally reported axios, nearly 500 Ubisoft employees have written a letter of support for the Activision Blizzard employees who staged a strike. The letter from Ubisoft employees can be found in a tweet below from Axios writer Stephen Totilo.
Here is the letter in full. It not only stands behind AB employees, not only criticizes the bosses of Ubisoft. It calls for action and change across the industry, involving publishers and developers. pic.twitter.com/WMNmRHjrq0
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) July 28, 2021
Not only does this letter support Activision Blizzard employees, but Ubisoft employees also have a strong message to their own management:
We’ve seen nothing more than a year of kind words, empty promises, and an inability or unwillingness to weed out known offenders. We no longer rely on your commitment to address these issues at their core. You have to do more.
The employees also said:
We stood by and watched how to fire only the most public violators. You had the rest resign or worse, you promoted them, moved them from studio to studio, team to team, and gave them a second chance after a second chance with no consequences. This cycle must stop.
While it’s hugely disappointing that Ubisoft still allows sexual predators to stay within the company, some of which it promoted, it shouldn’t come as a surprise after the accusations highlighting that the same thing has happened years in the past. Like Bobby Kotick’s recent letter, everything said by the company simply sounds like lip service to please consumers and investors with short memories.
This isn’t just a call to the staff of the two companies to walk away, nor is it just a call to the two companies to sort themselves out. This is a call to Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and other leading publishers to join forces to protect workforces across the industry. However, this push must include staff at all levels because, in my words, management like Yves Guillemot and Bobby Kotick have proven that we cannot rely on them to do the right thing.
While I’m constantly hoping that a post will be my last about discrimination, sexual assault, or the abhorrent management of companies, I don’t think that will be the case. If the recent Activision Blizzard staff strike and this letter of support from Ubisoft Staff is the start of something bigger, at least something good has come out of these horrific events.
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