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Ubisoft Forward, the company's game announcement on Sunday, serves as a digital version of its annual press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo [E3] every summer in Los Angeles. The event, which will take place entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic, will feature its biggest new games such as the action games Assassins Creed Valhalla and FarCry 6.
But the company said it would not address allegations of sexual misconduct that are whirling around the company. "Ubisoft Forward is coming at a time of great internal change," the company tweeted a few hours before the start of its event. "Since all of the content has already been recorded, we wanted to realize that the issues we're currently dealing with aren't addresses directly on the show."
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The company said it still had "significant work to do" and would be making further public updates available shortly.
Ubisoft's decision not to discuss any of the biggest public misconduct scandals in its history comes from the fact that the gaming industry as a whole is facing settlement. Hundreds of people who work in gaming and media companies and participate in competitive games claim to have been abused by people across the industry in recent years. Even worse, they say that many companies have mishandled their allegations when they came to light.
The outcry did not occur in a vacuum. This flood of allegations reflects the #MeToo movement that hit Hollywood in late 2017 and has since encouraged many victims to report. When playing, this is anything but an isolated case. In the past 8 years, players have wrestled over the treatment of prominent women and critics by fans and industry . In the words of a developer "The game industry is in its third & # 39; MeToo & # 39; movement."
At Ubisoft, the allegations have led to the departure of executives. You were Serge Hascoet, the company's chief creative officer, Yannis Mallat, the head of the studios in Canada. Cecile Cornet, the company's global human resources manager, also resigned. Other people accused of sexual misconduct have been reportedly released or taken on administrative leave while the company is investigating, CNET sister site GameSpot reported.
"Ubisoft has failed to meet its commitment to guaranteeing its employees a safe and inclusive work environment. This is unacceptable because toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values that I never compromised, and never will," said Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder of Ubisoft said in a statement. "I am committed to making profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture."