Earlier this morning Ubisoft hosted the latest Ubisoft Forward, but before this, they aired a special video from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot who addressed the recent workplace misconduct controversy that the company has faced.
In the video, Guillemot addressed a number of issues the company that have bombarded the company in recent months, including sexual assault allegations, toxicity within the workplace, and a lack of diversity and representation. The company were also heavily criticised for their misuse of the raised fist symbol in Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad.
“This summer, we learned that certain Ubisoft employees did not uphold our company’s values and that our systems failed to protect the victims of their behaviour. I am truly sorry to everyone who was hurt,”
“We have taken significant steps to remove or sanction those who violated our values and code of conduct and we are working hard to improve our systems and processes.”
To combat their issues within the workplace, Guillemot announced that they would be investing an additional $1 million into their graduate program over the next five years. This will be focused around creating opportunities for under-represented groups, including women and people of colour, to strive and succeed at Ubisoft.
In response to controversy surrounding the raised fist symbol, Yves reiterated that the company supports the Black Lives Matter Movement, and condemned anyone that uses their games as a proxy to spread hate. He stated that oversights like this cannot happen, and announced an additional donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.