Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick (Bobby Kotick) yesterday made major concessions to the demands of studio employees after the company filed a lawsuit for widespread allegations of discrimination and sexual misconduct. His pay cut was mainly for performance-his base salary had been halved earlier this year, but he was still eligible for multi-million dollar bonuses-but other promises were welcomed by employees.
“Today is a great victory for the ABK Workers’ Union!” Workers’ Group Tweet“For cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination, compulsory arbitration has been cancelled. The company announced that it will increase the number of female and non-binary employees it employs by 50%.”
A Better Ubisoft also noticed the victory of workers. This is a similar group of workers who are committed to “real and permanent change” at Ubisoft and have been dealing with their own sexual misconduct scandals since mid-2020. Ubisoft employees stated that they “celebrate some of the great progress @ABetterABK has made” and stated that they will “continue to stand together while we work hard for #EndAbuseInGaming”. They also used Activision’s commitment to action to draw attention to Ubisoft’s failure to meaningfully solve its own problems, even though it took much longer to do so.
“In the 16 months since Ubisoft was forced to take limited action after making a public post on Twitter, you are talking about the’strategic roadmap for HR transformation’. You are’preparing to launch,’ but you didn’t give a delivery timeline. Or any hint that these changes will be, “Better Ubisoft Tweet.
“Just yesterday, Activision Blizzard promised to increase the number of women and non-binary employees by 50% within five years. They pledged to invest $250 million to’accelerate the creation of opportunities for diverse talents’ and publish an annual salary transparency report. To meet the requirements of some ABK Workers’ Unions. In just three months, they seem to have listened to their employees’ concerns and took action. Although our requirements are not the same, many overlaps can be quickly resolved through similar actions. “
After 76 days, Ubisoft responded weakly to our critical needs. We have the following statement. #EndAbuseInGaming #ABetteUbisoft pic.twitter.com/4IL4AjhjgPOctober 29, 2021
Several Ubisoft executives, including former chief creative officer Serge Hascoët and vice president Maxime Beland, initially resigned from Ubisoft due to allegations of misconduct, but others were simply transferred. For example, Hugues Ricour, managing director of Ubisoft Singapore, was removed from his post after a leadership audit triggered by multiple reports of sexual harassment, but he was not fired, but was transferred to Ubisoft’s Paris headquarters as the director of production intelligence.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in July that “important progress” had been made since the allegations of misconduct were first exposed, but employees rejected this statement in an open letter, saying they continue to wait for “real and fundamental Variety”. A Better Ubisoft also criticized the appointment of Igor Manceau as the chief creative officer, stating that “Ubisoft’s creative team is made up of white people with a uniform cultural background”, including Serge Hascoët’s former assistant and Patrick Plourde. He is still the vice president of the editorial department, “despite multiple reports of misconduct against him.”
I have contacted Ubisoft to comment on the Better Ubisoft statement, and if I receive a response, I will update it.