PARIS (AP) – French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives and promising zero tolerance for â€œtoxic” staff behavior following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment.
In a statement Sunday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the developer of â€œAssassinâ€™s Creedâ€ and other games â€œhas fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees.â€
â€œThis is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised – and never will,â€ Guillemot said.
Ubisoft announced the immediate resignation of Serge Hascoet as chief creative officer.
The director of Ubisoftâ€™s Canadian studios, Yannis Mallat, is also leaving immediately, because â€œrecent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for him to continue in this position,â€ the statement said.
Cecile Cornet is being replaced as Ubisoft’s global head of human resources.
The management shake-up follows Ubisoft’s announcement in June of an internal investigation and an apology â€œto everyone affected by this.â€
â€œWe must do better,â€ it said then.