Ubisoft workers support Blizzard employees in their fight against the treatment of female employees at the company
As more and more details come to light about the process in california against Activision Blizzard for workplace harassment and sexual misconduct, many at Ubisoft are sympathizing with their peers in an open letter demanding accountability. In an open letter, a former Ubisoft member is organizing efforts to support Activision Blizzard employees, criticizing how the company is dealing with sexual misconduct at both Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard.
Organizers say the subscriptions include many studios in Asia, Europe and North America, as well as a demand for leadership accountability, including the accountability requirement of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. "It should no longer be a surprise to anyone: employees, executives, journalists or fans that these heinous acts are happening," says a part of the letter obtained by Axios. ” It's time to stop shocking. We must demand that real measures be taken to avoid them. Those responsible must be held accountable for their actions.”
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Why is Ubisoft's support so important? The year 2020 marked a major change in the gaming industry, especially those who suffer from moral or sexual harassment and abuse by a superior, among other things that are normal in extremely competitive work environments. After numerous reports of harassment, misconduct and abuse of power that led to several high-ranking executives being fired from Ubisoft, investigations into these cases at the studio continue.
Investigations revealed that more than 25 percent of employees have suffered or witnessed misconduct in the workplace. Although with the firing of senior executives such as Ashraf Ismail, Tommy François and Maxime Beland and several key executive roles have been left vacant by these investigations, a new report shows that many employees feel they haven't been heard after multiple managers denounced by misconduct remain in their leadership roles.
Now Activision Blizzard is under a similar scrutiny, and many across the game development industry, including Ubisoft employees, are coming together to support those who are fighting for better working conditions.
“We stood by and watched as you dismissed only the majority of public offenders,” the letter continues. “You let the rest resign or worse, promote them, move them from studio to studio, team to team, giving them second chance after second chance with no repercussions. This cycle needs to stop.”
While several notable names were fired from Ubisoft following last year's events, a new report released earlier this year shows that not much more has been done and that much of the reported behavior continues.
With respect to Activision Blizzard, a strike was held in response to lack of action on the part of the company and, after that, a public message to Blizzard leadership from CEO Bobby Kotick, who wrote a letter saying he regretted what had happened, and announced a series of measures to combat this culture and repair the damage caused to those involved.
The problem began after a lawsuit filed by California's Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) after the discovery of lawsuit documents that report an investigation that has been going on for more than two years and, as reported by Bloomberg. The lawsuit accuses the environment within Activision Blizzard of cultivating an atmosphere of “brotherhood”. The studio is also being called "a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women."
The report shows alleged incidents ranging from the most casual discrimination to assault and sexual harassment. The lawsuit goes so far as to claim that certain actions led to a developer's suicide after a trip with his supervisor. You can see more about the process here on the website. Bloomberg.
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