Ubisoft Will Not Address Abuse Issues In Today's Ubisoft Forward Presentation
Ubisoft has confirmed that it will not address ongoing abuse allegations during the Ubisoft Forward event today, and will instead discuss them at a later time.
Ubisoft has revealed that despite recent company shakeups in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations, it will not directly address these issues in its Ubisoft Forward presentation.
The company made the announcement on its Twitter page shortly before the presentation was set to air, clarifying that the presentation was pre-recorded and it would instead provide additional updates on the situation in the future.
Resignations of top Ubisoft executives, including chief creative officer Serge Hascoet and Canadian studios director Yannis Mallat, were only made on July 11. CEO Yves Guillemot has outlined structural changes that would take place about a week beforehand. Ubisoft said the show was recorded beforehand, though it's unclear exactly how far back that was.
Ubisoft has seen other high-level employees and ex-employees accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other offenses in the past few weeks. This includes now-former VP of editorial Maxime Beland, who had recently returned to the company after a brief stint with Epic Games.
Watch Dogs product and brand marketer Andrien Gbinigie, who was accused of sexual assault, may have been terminated as well, but Ubisoft has not confirmed this. Gbinigie responded to the allegations in a now-deleted Medium post on June 22, but has not spoken publicly on the topic since then.