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Game developer Ubisoft sees executive shake-up, begins process to deal with harassment

CEO of the French video game company Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, speaks after receiving the 2019 Academy Honory award during the first Pegases award ceremony on March 9, 2020 at the Theatre de la Madeleine in Paris.
CEO of the French video game company Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, speaks after receiving the 2019 Academy Honory award during the first Pegases award ceremony on March 9, 2020 at the Theatre de la Madeleine in Paris. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images)

TORONTO — A Paris-based game software developer with offices in several Canadian cities is making changes in response to complaints against several executives, including a vice-president based in Toronto.

Ubisoft says Maxime Beland, its Toronto-based vice-president of editorial, has resigned and another unidentified employee in Toronto has been fired.

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Tommy Francois, a Paris-based vice-president of editorial and creative services, has been placed on disciplinary leave.

The two vice-presidents were part of a creative team that set the tone and direction of Ubisoft’s various games, which include the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise.

Video game giant Ubisoft to open office in Winnipeg
Video game giant Ubisoft to open office in Winnipeg

Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot says in a public letter posted online that he has decided to “revise the composition” of its editorial department and transform its human resource processes.

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Guillemot says Ubisoft will begin holding online sessions on Monday, moderated by external facilitators, in order to collect suggestions for improvement.