Ubisoft’s sexual harassment and racism scandal extended to Skull & Bones studio in Singapore

    
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We realize that Activision-Blizzard’s horrifying sexual misconduct and discrimination lawsuit stole all the headlines last night and will probably dominate the news cycle for a while, but it’s just not the only video game company beleaguered by damning allegations of abuse right now. The Ubisoft sexual harassment scandal has been brewing since 2020, leading to the ouster of more than half a dozen execs and senior staff across different studios, gutting its employee retention, and even launching a lawsuit to hold Ubisoft accountable.

So it stands to reason that its games have suffered – including Skull and Bones, which has literally been delayed four times. And apparently, Ubisoft Singapore, the outfit responsible for the game, is even more dysfunctional than the branches that’ve already been called out. Kotaku released a report yesterday that digs into the studio’s sorry history. The investigation reveals allegations that Ubsioft hasn’t exactly kept its end of the deal with the Singaporean government; it was apparently engaged in a deal to open a studio there in exchange for government subsidies and training of local developers who would eventually take over the studio.

But according to Kotaku’s sources, that didn’t actually happen; local staffers were grossly underpaid and underpromoted in company that had “the feel of a colonial outpost in a country with a history of domination by European powers.” Workers reported bullying, sexual harassment, and racism under the leadership of Hugues Ricour, who was removed from the studio and sent back to corporate HQ after Ubisoft was forced to clean house. HR for the studio seems particularly culpable, as specific incidents of harassment and incidents with Ricour himself were blown off and dragged out.

Ubisoft did issue a statement to Kotaku, and amazingly it didn’t deflect its cultural failures onto the attorneys for the victims. Huh. The statement says the studio won’t tolerate discrimination and asserts that 40% of expert and senior roles are “Singaporean or permanent residents.”

“Our objective is to continue to increase Singaporean leadership through various programs including a dedicated management learning path to accelerate the development of new leaders. Compensation is determined by role, responsibility, market practices and performance. Over the course of the past year, Ubisoft has implemented significant and meaningful changes that seek to ensure a safe and inclusive work environment for all.”

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NeoWolf

Just when you think it cannot get any worse…

shame on you, to those involved

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IronSalamander8 .

Two in one day for these kind of thing. I had been playing Siege a bit but after your other reporting here on MOP, I had stopped months ago. And as others have already pointed out, still awful but at least a better response than Actizard.

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Bruno Brito

It’s really the bare minimum.

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IronSalamander8 .

It is indeed.

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EmberStar

I’m trying to remember the source, but a line from a movie (from the head villain to the henchman.) “Congratulations. One failure you managed to avoid, among the many you did not.” They didn’t act like totaly scumbags when they got caught. Huzzah, confetti falls, balloons rise. It would clearly have been way better if they hadn’t built a corporate culture around allowing psychopaths and sexual predators to basically *run the company* for years. And yes, I consider the current CEO to be directly culpable – my incomplete understanding is that a lot of these… “people” are personal friends of his.

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Bruno Brito

Totally understandable. And again, the bare minimum.

To be fair, the bare minimum would be to NOT DO THIS SHIT.

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Greaterdivinity

Ubisoft is sure handling this better, but like…damn man, I never thought we’d see a reality where Ubisoft and Activision/Blizzard are both speedrunning, “Which is the grossest company to work for.” Glad all this shit is coming out, I just wish it had swifter and more impactful results. Because this has been dripping out for years at various studios and it appears that largely…well, they haven’t done a whole lot to address the rampant issues.

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Vanquesse V

On one hand this is a much better response than from ActiBlizz, on the other I don’t think the issues at Ubi will be solved before they get a new CEO

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EmberStar

I don’t really pay a ton of attention to Ubisoft. But haven’t some people pointed out that it’s kind of “part of the problem” that all of these “very important sex pest” types have mostly been quietly transferred to other departments and/or allowed to quietly resign? Even in the cases where there was probably adequate evidence to justify their immediate firing, if not actually being brought up on charges? Or is the law that much different in France?

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Bruno Brito

Way better response for what i consider to be the same problem.

This week will be a shitshow.

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Ken from Chicago

When it rains it pours.

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Danny Smith

They should start printing t shirts for “Ubisoft Sex Pest World Tour 2021”

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psytic

Well at least there sounds like there’s a shred of accountability here unlike Blizzard.

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McGuffn

Racism and sexual harassment are very popular! Worldwide phenom!