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Ubisoft responds to sexual harassment claims: ‘we have fallen short’


Multiple unnamed employees have been hit with these allegations (pic: Ubisoft)

Following multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Ubisoft has said it is using an independent company to investigate the complaints.

Ubisoft has been hit with multiple sexual harassment allegations in the last few days, which has already resulted in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s director choosing to step down, following claims that he was having an affair.

Accusations of sexual harassment were also levelled against brand manager Andrien Gbingie and public relations director Stone Chin, with other, unnamed, employees also being accused.

Ubisoft has already apologised for falling short in its duties as an employer and has begun to outline how it will address the issues in the future.

‘Concerning recent allegations raised against certain Ubisoft team members: We want to start by apologising to everyone affected by this – we are truly sorry. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive and safe environment for our teams, players, and communities. It is clear we have fallen short of this in the past. We must do better’, said the company in a statement to Eurogamer.

‘We have started by launching investigations into the allegations with the support of specialised external consultants. Based on the outcomes, we are fully committed to taking any and all appropriate disciplinary action. As these investigations are ongoing, we can’t comment further. We are also auditing our existing policies, processes, and systems to understand where these have broken down, and to ensure we can better prevent, detect, and punish inappropriate behaviour.

‘We will be sharing additional measures that we are putting in place with our teams in the coming days. Our goal is to foster an environment that our employees, partners, and communities can be proud of – one that reflects our values and that is safe for everyone.’

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s narrative writer, Darby McDevitt, has also issued a statement of his own via Twitter, where he says that he is ‘committed to listening more, learning more, and making [himself] available to anyone who wants to be heard.’

Gbingie, in response to one of the claims, wrote an article via Medium denying the incident.

Stone Chin has yet to make any sort of statement regarding the allegations against him.

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