Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Home WOLRD Asia Shares of Video game giant Ubisoft shares plummet after three executives resign...

Shares of Video game giant Ubisoft shares plummet after three executives resign amid sexual misconduct scandal

Shares of the French video game company Ubisoft have seen a huge drop in value as multiple top executives parted ways with the company plagued by numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Ubisoft shares dropped nine percent on Monday, following the announcement made over the weekend that three top executives would be leaving as a part of the drive to try “improve and strengthen its workplace culture.”

The high-profile departures include the global head of human resources Cecile Cornet, as well as Yannis Mallat, who led Ubisoft’s Canada division that has faced a particularly large number of allegations of misconduct.

The most high-profile figure affected by the purge is the now former Ubisoft chief creative officer and co-founder Serge Hascoet. The top manager is said to have been one of the most influential people in the company, retaining a final decision on greenlighting a game or abandoning its production.

According to anonymous sources of the French newspaper Liberation, Hascoet has been accused of creating a hostile work environment in the company. The accusations include “toxicity, misogyny and homophobia,” while his management style is described as one of “crushing others.” Most company staff reportedly used to view Hascoet as “untouchable.”

Earlier this month, the company also parted ways with its vice president Maxime Beland, who faced allegations of workplace abuse. Another senior executive, Tommy François, has been placed on disciplinary leave while the company reviews the allegations against him.

Ubisoft has also fired an unnamed employee of its Toronto office for “engaging in behaviors that do not align with what is expected” from the company’s staff.

Also on rt.com
Gaming giant Ubisoft investigates claims its employees engaged in sexual harassment, vowing to ‘punish inappropriate behavior’

The video game giant launched an internal investigation in late June, in the face of a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against its employees. Ubisoft said it enlisted the “support of specialized external consultants” to help with the probe, yet it has kept silent on whether it actually yielded any results. Except for the unnamed Toronto employee, all the aforementioned managers have resigned from Ubisoft voluntarily.

Allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, which have dominated the Western political and media landscape the past several years, now seem to have spilled over into the gaming industry. Paradox Interactive, Techland and Gato Studio all recently decided to end their ties with American writer Chris Avellone, after he faced sexual assault allegations. The popular streaming platform Twitch has also been dealing with a storm of misconduct claims.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Indian Staffing Market will be the largest market in the world, today the industry is an over 6 billion dollar industry, says Mr Sultan...

Mumbai: According to Mr Sultan Khan, Founder & Director of EaseConnect HR Services Pvt. Ltd. Indian Staffing Market will be the largest market in...

HSE Interview Questions & Answers

What is Safety? The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury is Called Safety. What is the accident? It is an...

Putham Pudhu Kaalai trailer: Five Tamil filmmakers bring five stories of love in the time of Covid-19

The trailer of Amazon Prime’s upcoming Tamil film Putham Pudhu Kaalai was unveiled on Monday by filmmaker Mani Ratnam and composer A.R Rahman. Tamil...