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Ubisoft Staff Is Not Happy With Their Boss

August 3, 2021

Yves Guillemot has been criticized by Ubisoft staff for his response to an open letter calling for safe working conditions at the company.
Former and current employees of Activision Blizzard have filed a lawsuit against the company alleging bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Activision Blizzard employees walked out in solidarity to protest the working conditions in the hopes of bringing about change within the industry.
Yves Guillemot has been criticized by Ubisoft staff for his response to an open letter calling for safe working conditions at the company.
Former and current employees of Activision Blizzard have filed a lawsuit against the company alleging bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Activision Blizzard employees walked out in solidarity to protest the working conditions in the hopes of bringing about change within the industry.
Axios Gaming’s Stephen Totilo reported that Ubisoft CEO Guillemot emailed his employees an open letter in response to Activision Blizzard’s recent allegations.
According to this letter, not everyone feels confident in the processes put in place to handle misconduct reports.
“We have made significant progress over the past year,” said Guillemot.
Ubisoft employees from 32 studios signed an open letter in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees. Additionally, the letter criticizes Ubisoft’s management’s handling of its misconduct scandals over the past year.”
— Stephen Totilo

Totilo reported that Ubisoft employees responded to the CEO’s letter by saying, “This is exhausting.”

Nearly 1,000 workers have now signed the letter.
Additionally, as highlighted by Eurogamer, employees of Ubisoft outlined three key demands from the company:

“Stop promoting and moving known offenders from studio to studio, team to team without repercussions. This cycle needs to end.”
“We want a collective seat at the table, to be able to have a say in how Ubisoft moves forward from here.”
By being the first to start this kind of collaboration, Ubisoft has the opportunity to be at the forefront in creating a better future for the games industry. We will demand that it be approached in a collaborative approach with employees at all levels of the organization.

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Game Bits: Twitch Sets New Hours Record, The Leadership Shake-Ups At Gaming Companies Continue At Ubisoft Massive

June 18, 2021

According to StreamElement’s monthly data report, put together with its analytics partner Rainmaker.gg, Twitch has set a new record for viewership for the fourth time this year.
In May 2021, Twitch users watched 2.2 billion hours overall, up 37% year-over-year and slightly above April’s 2.2 billion hours.
Although Facebook Gaming didn’t set records, it still surpassed 400 million hours watched and grew 23% year-over-year.
As measured by hours watched, Jut Chat, Grand Theft Auto 5, and League of Legends continued to be the most popular categories in May, but there were some changes further down the chart.
Apex Legends found itself in ninth place with hours watched up 33% to 61 million, while Resident Evil Village made its debut in the top 10 with 48 million hours watched. After a 19% increase month-over-month, Value was the fourth most watched category with 95 million hours watched in May 2021.

David Polfeldt is moving to a different role with Ubisoft Massive.
A memo sent to Ubisoft staff today revealed that Polfeldt will step down from his current role on July 1 to take a sabbatical, returning to the company in 2022 in a new strategic position.
According to a memo from Ubisoft, the next head of the studio will take over in October 2021, but Ubisoft cannot announce them yet to avoid problems with their current employer.
Massive has been with Polfeldt for 17 years, and he has been managing director for 12 of those years.
The studio is behind The Division series, as well as two upcoming collaborations with Disney: a Star Wars open-world game and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
In a post on the Massive website, Polfeldt said, “When we signed Star Wars and built Eden in 2020, I felt like I had accomplished everything I once dreamed of.
Based on The Division, Avatar, Snowdrop, and Ubisoft Connect, the studio is in great shape, and I am incredibly grateful for what we have achieved together.
This is the third studio at Ubisoft to see leadership change in four months. Kolibri Games announced departures of the CEO and CTO in March, while Ubisoft Owlient studio managers Charlie Guillemot and Rémi Pellerin stepped down in May 2021.
A series of high-profile departures and firings occurred across Ubisoft studios last year as a result of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct reported by various leaders and the human resources department.