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Five former Ubisoft execs arrested following sexual harassment investigation

<p>French police have arrested five former <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/tag/ubisoft/">Ubisoft[/url] executives after an investigation into claims of abuse, harassment and discrimination at the company, according to the newspaper <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href="https://www-liberation-fr.translate.goog/culture/jeux-video/affaire-ubisoft-cinq-gardes-a-vue-dans-le-cadre-dune-enquete-pour-agressions-et-harcelements-sexuels-20231004_HS6Z3IPLHNGKZEPBZEM3W5WHRU/?_x_tr_sl=fr&amp;_x_tr_tl=en&amp;_x_tr_hl=en&amp;_x_tr_pto=wapp">Libération[/url]. Ex-Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët and Tommy François, a former vice president of editorial and creative services, were among those taken into custody. Both men <a data-i13n="cpos:3;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/ubisoft-three-executives-leave-amid-misconduct-claims-164408636.html">left Ubisoft[/url] in 2020 following accusations <a data-i13n="cpos:4;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/ubisoft-sexual-misocnduct-allegations-092903220.html">against them[/url].</p>
<p>When asked about the arrests, Ubisoft told <a data-i13n="cpos:5;pos:1" href="https://www.gamesindustry.biz/five-former-ubisoft-executives-arrested-after-sexual-harassment-investigation">GamesIndustry.biz[/url] that it didn't have &quot;knowledge of what has been shared and therefore can't comment.&quot;</p>
<span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><p>In 2021, a French workers union and two ex-Ubisoft employees <a data-i13n="cpos:6;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/ubisoft-harassment-lawsuit-france-205931367.html">sued the publisher[/url] for allegedly enabling a culture of &quot;institutional sexual harassment.&quot; Solidaires Informatiques claimed that, rather than addressing the issues head on, Ubisoft found it easier to tolerate alleged misconduct. Francois and Hascoët were among those named in the suit.</p>
<p>According to Libération, police spent more than a year investigating the case. They collected testimonies from approximately 50 staffers and former employees. A lawyer for the plaintiffs claimed (according to a translation) that &quot;beyond simple individual behavior, [the case] reveals systemic sexual violence&quot; in an environment where a &quot;'schoolboy atmosphere' was tolerated.&quot;</p>
<p>Several senior employees resigned or <a data-i13n="cpos:7;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/ubisoft-assassins-creed-valhalla-creative-director-misconduct-151932648.html">were fired[/url] in 2020 after reports emerged of widespread misconduct at the company, including at Ubisoft studios in <a data-i13n="cpos:8;pos:1" href="https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/2020-07-03/allegations-de-harcelement-chez-ubisoft-un-probleme-aux-ressources-humaines.php">Montreal[/url] and <a data-i13n="cpos:9;pos:1" href="https://chelseamarieohara.com/#/Papers/My-Story-Ubisoft-Toronto">Toronto[/url]. That summer, CEO Yves Guillemot <a data-i13n="cpos:10;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/ubisoft-sexual-harassment-yves-guillemot-013025034.html">laid out a plan[/url] to address such issues and clean up a culture of toxicity within the ranks.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/five-former-ubisoft-execs-arrested-following-sexual-harassment-investigation-135636454.html?src=rss

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