Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft’s CEO, has spoken out about reports of the company’s toxic work environment. According to the CEO, Ubisoft has failed in the past.
In 2020, reports came out about toxic work behavior within Ubisoft. Although employees have stated several times that the company has not done enough to improve the working atmosphere since then, Guillemot briefly responded to the situation during a briefing last week, Eurogamer writes.
“Our goal is to provide the best work environment for employees to thrive and reach their full potential. In the context of a major realignment, we want to provide a unique value proposition for employees and make changes where needed.”
Guillemot continued: “First of all, we want to ensure an inclusive, rewarding and respectful workplace for all. Yes, we failed and we admitted it. We learned a lot and made meaningful progress with concrete action plans, led by Chief People Officer Anika Grant and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusiveness Raashi Sika Despite the impact the pandemic had on the industry, we were able to hire more than 4,000 people in the past fiscal year, including 600 people who have worked for us before, as well as experienced talent from other companies.”
Guillemot also addressed the fact that Tencent recently bought nearly half the shares of Guillemot Brothers Limited (GBL), the developer’s majority shareholder. “The goal is to do more business on mobile. We started that four years ago and the games are coming and they are high quality. I think it’s going to help us grow, so we’re also looking for new areas that we can do more business in. That’s why we wanted to strengthen our partnership, to grow, create more sales and make sure our brands are available around the world. We find it difficult to get AAA games on mobile create, so we develop some of them internally, but we also work with partners like Tencent.”
Guillemot stressed that it is still essential that Ubisoft remains independent. “It certainly is. We want to be in a position where we can offer all Ubisoft employees a long-term perspective so they can continue to make games that are among the best games in the industry, and we want to determine our own destiny in doing so. “That’s why we invest in new technologies, which we then use to create new brands. We want to continue growing in the industry and have all the tools to make our brands and our teams the most recognizable in the industry. I think we’re there able to succeed.”
Finally, Guillemot also responded to the fact that Ubisoft is experimenting with NFTs in the form of Ubisoft Quartz. “We’ve been testing some things recently, which gives us more information about how to use it and how to apply it in games. We’re experimenting in some games… we’re going to see if they really appeal to players. We are still in the research phase.”