“We have seen a year of kind words, empty promises and an inability to fire the guilty.”
Last week, the state of California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for alleged harassment, sexual abuse and employment discrimination against women at the company. Facts that sparked comparisons with the widespread cases of bullying at Ubisoft that came to light a year ago. With Activision Blizzard workers on strike, after making clear their rejection of the company’s response, they are now Ubisoft employees who follow in his wake with a public statement in solidarity with this fight.
Those who have been responsible must answer for their actionsUbisoft employeesOne in which, too, They take the opportunity to harshly criticize Ubisoft for the lack of real actions after the events of a year ago. Shared by Axios, the statement has so far been signed by about 500 workers from Ubisoft, across its 32 studios around the world. “To Activision Blizzard workers: We listen to you and we want to proclaim in style our solidarity with you“begins the statement.” It is clear, given the frequency of these reports, that there is a general culture, and deeply rooted, abusive behavior within the industry. “
“This shouldn’t be a surprise anymore for anyone: employees, executives, journalists or fans, that these heinous acts happen, “they continue.” It is time to stop feeling surprised. We must demand that real action be taken to avoid them. Those who have been responsible for them must answer for their actions. “Here is the open letter from Ubisoft employees addresses itself directly to its own board, Yves Guillemot and the rest of the leaders of the French company.
Ubisoft employees, against their directive
We ain’t seen nothing but a year of empty promisesUbisoft employees“We, the signers, have had enough already. It has been more than a year since the first reports of systemic discrimination, harassment and abuse appeared within Ubisoft. At that time you acted surprised for hearing that these acts were being committed within your own company and we gave you the benefit of the doubt. However, we have seen nothing but a year of kind words, empty promises and a disability – or unwillingness – to fire known culprits. We no longer trust your commitment to tackle these root problems. You need to do much more. “
On this, a report last May stated that Ubisoft continues with abuse problems a year after the controversy broke out. After reviewing the ineffective – or insufficient – measures that employees claim to have seen in the past year, the letter continues like this: “We have endured And seen how you fired only the most visible culprits. The rest of you have let them resign their position, or worse, you have promoted them, moving them from studio to studio, from team to team, and giving them second chance after second chance without any repercussions. This cycle has to end“.
The guilty must be expelled, as well as all those who were accomplicesUbisoft employees“We, the collective of Ubisoft employees, demand a seat at the table to decide what steps to take from now on. The guilty must be expelled of the company, as well as all those who were accomplices, or who voluntarily ignored the actions of others. As the board, it is your job to take action when you see these acts being committed. Ignorance is not an excuseIt is not legally, and certainly not in the eyes of your employees. “
“We need real changes, from the grassroots, within Ubisoft, within Activision Blizzard, and across the entire industry“conclude Ubisoft employees, who ask to define a series of standard measures for this type of cases in the industry, and the collaboration of companies with their employees and union representatives to tackle these problems at the root.
Harassment and discrimination cases at these two companies have been the most notorious in the industry in recent years, but they are not alone in them. Riot Games has faced multiple harassment lawsuits in recent years, to take another example among the best-known companies, and it is increasingly common for these types of incidents to come to light in an industry that has serious problems to tackle.
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