Gaming News: Ubisoft Will Not Address Misconduct Allegations During Ubisoft Forward

Ubisoft has released a statement stating that the current wave of allegations regarding misconduct among several employees will not be addressed during the Ubisoft Forward presentation.

The statement comes hours before the event, which the company is hosting online as a result of E3 being cancelled, and in the wake of several high-ranking figures at the studios announcing either their departure or suspension.

In June, Ashraf Ismail resigned as Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with Product and Brand Manager Andrien Gbingie along with Associate Director of PR Stone Chin also leaving their positions with the company following allegations of misconduct.

In recent days, Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët, Ubisoft Canadian studios head Tannis Mallat, and Global Head of HR Cécile Cornet have also resigned from their posts after reports emerged in European newspapers that they played a “…central role in the company’s culture problems”

Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot has pledged change in the company and stated they will be working with an external partner to deal with any future issues along with the current allegations. This news emerged through a letter to staff obtained by Business Insider while it was reported by Bloomberg that Editorial Vice President Maxime Béland had resigned while fellow Editorial VP Tommy François had been placed in “indefinite leave” while Ubisoft investigated the allegations made.

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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