Ubisoft faces sexual harassment lawsuit from French game workers union

    
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Ubisoft’s uncovered problem with widespread sexual harassment is (rightfully) not a finished matter. The Solidaires Informatique, a French game workers union, has officially filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft, representing victims of the 2021 scandal and accusing several members of management, CEO Yves Guillemot, and the company as a whole of fostering “institutional sexual harassment.”

The lawsuit was filed this past Thursday, which took longer than people might expect because the union needed roughly a year to collect all of the evidence and testimony it could according to a representative. “Institutional sexual harassment is a charge that is very rarely seen in court in France, and the lawyer, Maude Beckers, wanted to have the strongest complaint possible,” the rep said. “However, we consider that the changes made by Ubisoft are superficial. […] The situation inside hasn’t changed much, and we hope the evolution of the case will also keep bringing attention to its evolution, and keep putting pressure on Ubisoft to commit to its promises.”

Incidentally, Ubisoft has announced that several of its games, including the multiplayer shooter Rainbow Six Extraction and the multiplayer open world racer Riders Republic, are being delayed. Specifically, Rainbow Six is moving from September 2021 to January 2022, and Republic is moving from its September 2nd launch date to October 28th – the second such shift of the game’s release date. This lines up with an official Ubisoft document that mentioned the company’s sexual harassment scandal has made it hard for the company to find and retain talent, which in turn has resulted in game delays as positions remain unfilled and dev teams are feeling left adrift.

sources: PC Gamer, Kotaku
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NeoWolf

Not to make light of this event or the sh**iness of those involved but reading the title of this article did make me chuckle a little as it makes it sound like the sexually harrassed an entire Union lol

Joking aside though, I hope the gaming industry is getting cleaned up, as all we’ve been hearing for many months now are stories like this. It’s about damn time we had some standards and consequences that the industry actually adhered to for a change, so they can get back to doing what they are SUPPOSED to be doing i.e Making games, not inappropriately harassing their co-workers and employees.

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Tee Parsley

Wait! Real consequences for our real BS?? That’s just not right!

Where’s our summon the lawyers spell? Damn, it requires a lot of green as a spell component….

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Bryan Correll

“Institutional sexual harassment is a charge that is very rarely seen in court in France”

France has, shall we say, a reputation for having a blasé attitude toward this sort of thing and mocking other countries over sexual hangups.

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Danny Smith

To be blunt: good fuck em’ sums it up.

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draugris

“This lines up with an official Ubisoft document that mentioned the company’s sexual harassment scandal has made it hard for the company to find and retain talent, which in turn has resulted in game delays as positions remain unfilled and dev teams are feeling left adrift”

That´s probably the biggest damage, I don´t know how the situation is in France, but in Germany, the market is empty even if your company has a good reputation. Students often get hired off the universities and prior to their exams. It´s almost impossible to find experienced Devs/IT personnel.

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Neurotic

Same here in Poland too. I see people like Cisco and other big tech firms actively recruiting students and soon-to-be graduates, having open days and hackathons and so on, but no game publishers or developers. Perhaps they do so in the capital city, where our big gaming guns are mostly located. But even in the next 2-3 big cities, the approach to recruitment is rather passive.

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Bruno Brito

Great. Give them hell.

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IronSalamander8 .

Good. No one should have to deal with this kind of behavior. We’ve been hearing about this for awhile and it’s obvious that it is a huge problem that wasn’t being taken seriously by Ubisoft.

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Leo

hell yeah, take it to them and their horrible leadership

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rk70534

About time. Ubisoft’s top brass has been clearly lukewarm at best about self-reform.