latest financial reporting
is now online, covering the first quarter of
their fiscal year 2020. These show record net bookings and record levels of
engagement, despite how the company has been buffeted by recent allegations of
misconduct and inappropriate behavior. These do not go unaddressed, as Yves
Guillemot leads off the report further describing plans to change Ubisoft's
culture. Word is: "It has also been decided that a portion of team leads'
bonuses will be tied to their ability to create a positive and inclusive
workplace environment." On a related topic,
has word that French union Solidaires Informatique is
preparing a collective lawsuit against Ubisoft over these allegations. Word is they've put out a call to victims
to help build a case. On a final semi-related note, in a
post on TwitLonger
Chin reveals he was terminated last week by Ubisoft from his position as
associate public relations director. Chin got swept up in the ongoing Ubisoft
scandal after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2012. But he says
his firing is not related to those allegations, as he was exonerated of
wrongdoing by an investigation at the time. He explains that his removal was
because he "failed to uphold the company’s code of
conduct" over the course of his career. He does offer apologies in a couple of
areas, including a failure to "understand the gender power dynamic." Here's a
Separately, I was terminated by my employer last week. My employer
told me that the reason for my termination was its conclusion that I have failed
to uphold the company’s code of conduct over the course of my career at the
company. My employer did not cite the allegation of sexual assault as a reason
for my termination.
Specifically, it cited my management style, which it found consisted of passive
aggressiveness, disrespectful language to former direct reports, and giving the
cold shoulder to coworkers. My employer also cited incidents years ago when I
asked two coworkers out on dates and when they declined, felt that I gave them a
cold shoulder in response. I have not been given the full investigation report
so I cannot speak directly about any findings made by my employer or its lawyer.
Regardless, I can see that my actions as a manager over the years while at the
company have hurt people. It has been a time of reflection and self-examination
over the past few weeks and I do recognize now there are emotional wounds that
I’ve caused people.
For this, I am truly, profoundly sorry. I hope for the opportunity to speak to
people individually to make amends.
I also acknowledge that I have failed to understand the gender power dynamic,
particularly in the games industry. I have not always considered how my actions
are received interacting with a woman in this industry, and I apologize for
being ignorant to the many nuanced struggles women face every day. I will do
better in this.