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Video game giant admits botched response to workplace sexual abuse and misconduct – rt games & culture

Video game giant Ubisoft appears to have finally officially acknowledged that it mismanaged complaints of workplace abuse and harassment, which first came to light in June 2020

ABetterUbisoft, a worker group made up of disgruntled Ubisoft employees, has launched numerous criticisms of company management for failing, for months, to follow up on reports of workplace misconduct. job.

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Now, Ubisoft’s chief human resources officer, Anika Grant, has released a statement acknowledging the shortcomings of company management in addressing the issue.

“At the start of the crisis, we spent a lot of time making sure we had the right process in place – that we were able to conduct an investigation very quickly and efficiently and get certain results,” Grant said.

“What I think we missed, however, is the employee experience through this. I don’t think we’ve always communicated enough with the people who raised an issue in the first place about what we discovered in the investigations – the decisions we made and the actions we took. And so I think, unfortunately, people have lost faith in this process. “

If the ABetterUbisoft group seems to have somewhat appreciated the admission, it nevertheless deplored the “black box nature” of the investigation process. The group noted that there is much more to be expected from management and that many of their requests and criticisms have still not been addressed.

Reports of suspected abuse and sexual misconduct started pouring in from many Ubisoft employees in June 2020. CEO Yves Guillemot responded by promising to implement changes at the company, to establish a reporting system and hold perpetrators accountable. Several executives lost their jobs in the process.

According to Grant, the number of misconduct allegations has dropped significantly since then, and the seriousness of the allegations has also decreased.

“Not only has the volume of reported cases or alerts occurring has decreased dramatically, but what we are also seeing is that the severity of the types of things being reported has decreased,” he added. Grant said.

However, according to AbetterUbisoft, in practice, the response has been much less impactful. The group claims that many offenders were simply transferred to other studios or teams, with little to no real repercussions for them.

The group insists there must be more substantial changes and has published a list of their demands from the company.

While many of these points have yet to be addressed by Ubisoft management, Anika Grant said she recognizes the “long journey” ahead. “I know we’re not where we want to be yet. But I think we are seeing incremental improvements every day. “


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