Ubisoft is a titan in the video game industry, with a catalog that includes a variety of popular and memorable titles such as Assassins Creed, totally different, prince of persia, And Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, However, although Ubisoft’s gaming library is extensive and successful, it appears that things are not looking as bright for the company’s employees. Recently, a Ubisoft recruiter reportedly responded to criticism of the company by saying that at least the workplace culture wasn’t as bad as Blizzard’s.
Reportedly, Ubisoft has previously handled multiple reports of sexual misconduct, leading the company to attempt to change its human resources processes to better capture such an issue. Clearly, the company is trying to focus on addressing harassment before it happens.
Twitter user Accent, who previously designed the lead in Reflector, recently shared an anecdote from an alleged conversation with a Ubisoft recruiter. According to Accent, the recruiter asked her what it would take to convince her to stay at Ubisoft for five or more years. Accent replied that Ubisoft would need better and safer workplaces as well as a global culture change starting from the top, to which the recruiter reportedly replied “At least it’s, uh, not as bad as Blizzard’s”. Is!”
Ubisoft is taking steps to address reports of workplace toxicity, including hiring Anika Grant, former head of HR at Uber, to serve as Ubisoft’s new Chief People Officer. However, capitalizing on its image in the eyes of potential employees like Accent may require a complete overhaul of Ubisoft’s workplace culture. Reportedly, Anika Grant will oversee the company’s approach to benefits and compensation, global recruitment, talent management and leadership development, which could be a step in the direction Accent wanted to see.
At the time of writing, it appears that many other Twitter users in the field of game development find Accent’s story hilarious. Two users with a background in indie game development noted that the recruiter’s alleged reaction was funny because they would have heard that most people left Ubisoft due to corporate misconduct and toxic workplace culture. Masao Kobayashi even claimed that this pattern is at least 10 years old.
Jill Murray, who worked on indie AAA games, joked that Ubisoft was as bad as Blizzard. Considering that Blizzard has been wrapped in a flurry of lawsuits since this summer, it wouldn’t have been a good look. Ubisoft, Accent posted an answer agreeing with Jill Murray’s suspicions.
French association Solidaires Informatique has confirmed that victims have been invited to join a lawsuit against Ubisoft over alleged discrimination and harassment.
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