Yves Guillemot Should Resign From Ubisoft & Take His Son With Him

Ubisoft has done a lackluster job of apologizing for their terrible workplace culture, and now it's time for heads to (figuratively) roll.

Ubisoft has some serious work to do, and it starts with Yves Guillemot. | Source: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

  • Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, released a video apologizing for the harassment taking place at the company.
  • The company’s Twitter account said that the video couldn’t be included in the upcoming Forward event due to “time constraints.”
  • This video is not good enough, and the time has come for Guillemot to step down from the company.

CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, was recently featured in a video posted to the company’s official Twitter account.

The video in question is an apology for the frankly terrible things that have been uncovered about the goings-on at the company over the past few months.

The major problem is that this barely adequate apology will not be featured in the upcoming Ubisoft Forward event for transparently flimsy reasons.

Yves Guillemot, it’s time for you to resign and take your son away with you.

When asked about the apology video, Ubisoft’s history of unsatisfying answers came back with a vengeance. | Source: Twitter

Guillemot is Either Complicit or Incompetent

Guillemot has tried to defend the company, claiming that Ubisoft did not know about these events until they were publically uncovered. This quote is taken directly from Guillemot’s ‘apology’ video.

This summer, we learned that certain Ubisoft employees did not uphold our company’s values.

The problem is that we already know it’s not true.

As pointed out by Bloomberg games journalist Jason Schreier, three dozen employees were interviewed, and these interviews have shown that Ubisoft knew about these problems and, in most cases, did nothing.

It almost looks like Yves Guillemot has been lying to try and downplay the situation and protect his company’s image.

Bloomberg Journalist Jason Schreier pointed out that their research had contradicted Guillemot’s comments. | Source: Twitter

Charlie Guillemot Needs to Leave Ubisoft Too

It seems like this level of this apparent incompetence must be genetic, as Guillemot’s son Charlie also finds himself in hot water. Recently, a game he was studio lead for came under fire for basically being anti-Black Lives Matter propaganda.

The best answer the company could come up with is that “this sort of oversight shouldn’t have happened.” No, Ubisoft, it shouldn’t, so why is the man in charge of the studio that let it happen still employed there?

You can see a detailed breakdown of the situation in the video below.

This Ubisoft Situation Won’t Be Over Until Justice is Done

Ubisoft is one of gaming’s most successful companies. We now know that it got there while allowing abuse and harassment to run rampant, and now they’re trying and sweep it under the rug.

Frankly, it’s just not good enough. There is no conceivable universe were Yves Guillemot giving unsatisfying answers and pretending he didn’t know will be good enough to count as justice.

For everyone who was ever a victim of the ‘frat’ culture, or felt marginalized, harassed, and abused by the management and other staff members, nothing less than the resignation of everyone who let it happen will be good enough.

That list starts with Yves Guillemot and his son Charlie. Ubisoft won’t be worthy of trust again until they’re both gone.

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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:29 PM

William Worrall: William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at william.worrall@ccn.com, see his LinkedIn profile here.