Five former Ubisoft executives have been arrested in connection with an investigation into sexual violence and harassment within the company. So far, two suspects have been named: Ubisoft’s former creative director Serge Hascoet, and former editorial vice president Tommy Francois, both of whom left the company in 2020.
It is still unclear whether the arrested suspects have actually been charged. However, the arrests are related to an investigation launched based on complaints by two victims and the Solidaires Informatique Association. According to Maud Beckers, a lawyer for the parties involved, the case is a broader entity than the use of individual persons and also involves “systemic sexual violence”.
Statements regarding repeated incidents of sexual harassment at Ubisoft have become public over the years. After the situation became shameful, the company has claimed to initiate an investigation to take appropriate disciplinary steps. After this, many people at the management level from Ubisoft have resigned and the jobs of some have also been terminated.
According to a statement provided to GamesIndustry.biz, Ubisoft “does not know what information has been shared regarding the matter, and therefore cannot comment on the matter”.
V2.fi | Anne Kukkura