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Ubisoft Fires Désilets

Patrice Désilets is no longer part of Ubisoft (again), as reported on Kotaku, where they quote Ubisoft making this sound like a fairly amicable split based on creative differences, and quote Désilets saying he was fired, and he intends to fight the situation. Désilets was Creative Director for the Assassin's Creed series before leaving Ubisoft in 2010, going on to sign with THQ, though he would have to wait for a non-compete clause to expire to join the new THQ Montreal studio (spending some of the idle time poachng old colleagues). Patrice then joined THQ, only to find himself drawn back in Michael Corelone-style when Ubisoft acquired THQ Montreal. This brings us to today, and Ubisoft's statement to Kotaku explains the company and Désilets didn't see eye-to-eye on his role, and sort of implies the parting was a mutual decision: "Unfortunately, since the acquisition, the good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions have been inconclusive. As a result, Patrice has left the studio." Their statement from the designer takes a slightly less diplomatic tone:

Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft. I was notified of this termination in person, handed a termination notice and was unceremoniously escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings.

This was not my decision.

Ubisoft’s actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game.

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17. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 8, 2013, 08:47 nin
 
4D-Boxing wrote on May 7, 2013, 19:19:
@Julio

Not taking sides but I have a feeling Kawlisse knows way more about what went down than he's free to share. The name says a lot!!!

Then again he might just be from the same province and sticking up for a compatriot.


Ignore the troll - all he does is bitch in every thread.

 
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16. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 8, 2013, 07:10 Armengar
 
Devinoch wrote on May 7, 2013, 17:27:

Sadly, the "escort them from the building" seems to be standard operating procedure in a lot of the game industry. The claim is they're worried you will steal information or designs that belong to the company, or that you will take documents that can be used in corporate espionage. It's more about not letting that information get to the team before you inform them, though, if you ask me. They want to spin the story however they like.

Problem is, with high ranking people they tend to do a lot of work at home and probably already HAVE assets available or backed up. doing crap like this is likely to simply anger them even more.
 
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15. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 8, 2013, 04:37 Julio
 
4D-Boxing wrote on May 7, 2013, 19:19:
@Julio

Not taking sides but I have a feeling Kawlisse knows way more about what went down than he's free to share. The name says a lot!!!

Then again he might just be from the same province and sticking up for a compatriot.

I'm sure he probably does. I can't stand Ubisoft so it's not like I support them on this. It's more that I think some random guy getting canned is for a slow news day. Happens all the time, and if you choose to work for a lousy company like Ubisoft...well it shouldn't be a surprise.
 
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14. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 8, 2013, 04:18 hello newman
 
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13. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 19:19 4D-Boxing
 
@Julio

Not taking sides but I have a feeling Kawlisse knows way more about what went down than he's free to share. The name says a lot!!!

Then again he might just be from the same province and sticking up for a compatriot.
 
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12. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 18:17 Julio
 
Kawlisse wrote on May 7, 2013, 17:30:
Julio wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:54:
Rattlehead wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:43:
Who?

A guy I've never heard of who may have burned some bridges at Ubisoft. And for some reason he's surprised they don't have a farewell float and parade for him when he's fired.

For a guy you haven't heard of, you are pretty fast to pass jugment on him and invent false statements on him !

False statements? I don't see any.

"I've never heard of" - You'll have to trust me that I have never heard of him.

"May have burned some bridges at Ubisoft" - He says he's fired and is going to fight Ubisoft. I think that qualifies as burning bridges.

"He's surprised they don't have a farewell float and parade" - I'm referring to his statement about 'unceremoniously escorted out of the building without being able to say goodbye'.
 
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11. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 18:17 deqer
 
He's going to defend himself, for "wrongful termination", and he'll win. Companies are so unorganized/unprofessional that they have nothing of fact to present to the table to warrant the termination.

Company would have to rely on their Technical Lead/Project Manager at the least--and even then there's probably not enough material/evidence to be provided--, and I doubt he'll cooperate anyways, unless he's a slime ball.
 
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10. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 17:52 Techie714 ©
 
Patrice is a girls name....just saying.  
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9. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 17:30 Kawlisse
 
Julio wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:54:
Rattlehead wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:43:
Who?

A guy I've never heard of who may have burned some bridges at Ubisoft. And for some reason he's surprised they don't have a farewell float and parade for him when he's fired.

For a guy you haven't heard of, you are pretty fast to pass jugment on him and invent false statements on him !
 
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8. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 17:30 panbient
 
Proudfoot wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:56:
Ouch, that has to suck for him. So he has difference of vision with Ubisoft and leaves... has to wait before he can resume working on a game and after he does... the company he moved to gets acquired by evil corp. he just left.

Whoever this Desilets is, gotta feel for em with that circle of fate.

Kinda but not really, a non-competition clause is pretty standard fare in most industry contracts. There is absolutely no justifiable excuse for anyone in an executive role like Creative Director to be surprised by the inclusion a clause of that nature in their contract, or to be shocked that it was pursued in court after being breached.

He could have chosen to leave his original job for another one that wasn't in direct competition with his previous employer, nor actively poaching staff, he chose not to. Hell, he didn't even chose to try working for competition in another city.

If you were running a company... would you really want to keep someone with that kind of history on your staff? Sure, maybe give them a 2nd chance, but at the first sign of dissent it would have to be the door.
 
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7. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 17:27 Devinoch
 
Creston wrote on May 7, 2013, 17:21:
Being escorted out of the building without being able to get your personal stuff is just utterly classless. That's the kind of bullying you'd expect if you were terminated for stealing or something. Not if you were let go over "creative differences."

I hope he sues the shit out of them. Assholes.

Sadly, the "escort them from the building" seems to be standard operating procedure in a lot of the game industry. The claim is they're worried you will steal information or designs that belong to the company, or that you will take documents that can be used in corporate espionage. It's more about not letting that information get to the team before you inform them, though, if you ask me. They want to spin the story however they like.

If it turns out Partice's claims are true (and I have no reason to believe they aren't), then I hope he's able to get fair restitution.
 
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6. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 17:21 Creston
 
Being escorted out of the building without being able to get your personal stuff is just utterly classless. That's the kind of bullying you'd expect if you were terminated for stealing or something. Not if you were let go over "creative differences."

I hope he sues the shit out of them. Assholes.

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5. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 17:10 loomy
 
Rattlehead wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:43:
Who?

patrice and that babe jade made assassin's creed 1
 
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4. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 16:56 Proudfoot
 
Ouch, that has to suck for him. So he has difference of vision with Ubisoft and leaves... has to wait before he can resume working on a game and after he does... the company he moved to gets acquired by evil corp. he just left.

Whoever this Desilets is, gotta feel for em with that circle of fate.
 
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3. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 16:54 Julio
 
Rattlehead wrote on May 7, 2013, 16:43:
Who?

A guy I've never heard of who may have burned some bridges at Ubisoft. And for some reason he's surprised they don't have a farewell float and parade for him when he's fired.
 
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2. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 16:53 nin
 

As long as he wasn't working on Blood Dragon, we're cool...

 
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1. Re: Ubisoft Fires Désilets May 7, 2013, 16:43 Rattlehead
 
Who?  
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