Two top Ubisoft executives are leaving the company amidst allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior. In a Sunday press release, the French game maker announced the immediate resignation of Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët and departure of Yannis Mallat, managing director of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios.
Cécile Cornet will also step down from her role as global head of human resources, while the company begins “restructuring and strengthening” its HR department “in order to adapt it to the new challenges of the video game industry,” according to the release. Yves Guillemot, CEO—and acting interim CCO, explained, “Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees … This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised—and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture.”
The shakeup comes just one week after Ubisoft’s VP of Editorial, Maxime Béland, resigned over accusations of assault and misconduct. Béland and Tommy François, the studio’s vice president of editorial and creative services, were placed on disciplinary leave in late June. A third, unnamed worker at the Toronto studio was also terminated for “engaging in behaviors that do not align with what is expected of Ubisoft employees,” the company said.
Last month, Ubisoft released a general statement covering accusations against past and current employees, including Product and Brand Marketing Manager Andrien Gbinigie; Associate PR Director Stone Chin; Ubisoft Montreal Creative Director Ashraf Ismail; and Antoine Edmond, senior community team member at Ubisoft Massive.
“Moving forward, as we collectively embark on a path leading to a better Ubisoft, it is my expectation that leaders across the company manage their teams with the utmost respect,” Guillemot said. “I also expect them to work to drive the changes we need, always thinking of what is best for Ubisoft and all its employees.”
All of this overshadowed Sunday’s “Ubisoft Forward” livestream, which you can watch below, and where the game maker shared details on upcoming titles, including new entries in the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dog series, as well as Far Cry 6.