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Ubisoft Execs Resign Following Sexual Harrasment Allegations – Push Square

Hascoet, Cornet, and Mallat gone

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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.

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Ubisoft now giving out its Assassin’s Creed educational tours of Greece and Egypt for free – The Verge

Ubisoft is offering free downloads of its educational tours of ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, which are based on the studio’s recreations of those worlds in Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the studio announced today. The tours will be free to claim until May 21st.

You can download Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece and Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt from Ubisoft’s website here, though you’ll need a Uplay account to claim them.

Here’s what’s available in Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece, according to Ubisoft:

Travel throughout 29 regions and uncover hundreds of stations with tours on 5 different themes: philosophy, famous cities, daily life, war and myths to learn more about history of Ancient Greece.

And here’s what’s you can do in Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt:

The Discovery Tour allows you to roam freely in the beautiful world of Ptolemaic Egypt. Learn more about its life, habits and customs by yourself, or let historians and Egyptologists guide you on one of the 75 available historical tours they have curated.

My colleague Andrew Webster said the Egypt-based tour felt “sort of like one of those audio tours in museums — except here you can climb a pyramid or ride a boat down the Nile while you learn,” when he played it in 2018.

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