Update: The publisher has now issued a statement ahead of Ubisoft Forward this evening:
Original story: Members of Ubisoft’s executive team have resigned from the company after multiple allegations of sexual harassment were made against them. The chief creative officer, named Serge Hascoet, human resources director Cecile Cornet, and Yannis Mallat have all left the French publisher. The latter was the managing director of Ubisoft’s Canadian branch, who said: “The recent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for [Mallat] to continue in this position.”
Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier expanded on what this means for the company after more than 100 cases of sexual harassment were made to Ubisoft’s HR division. “Serge Hascoet was the man in charge of ALL of their games. With one word he could greenlight or cancel a project. Many Ubisoft employees believed he was too powerful and close to the CEO to ever be ousted, no matter how many allegations emerged”, he said on Twitter. Yves Guillemot has said that the editorial team will receive a complete overhaul in an effort to create an inclusive and open culture.
Ubisoft plans to host its Forward digital event in just a matter of hours. However, due to its pre-taped nature, it is unlikely that the publisher will comment on the current situation.