Activision Blizzard’s protesting workforce is getting further support. Ubisoft employees stand behind their colleagues while handing out against their own employer.
Activision Blizzard has not been doing well since the state of California filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit. Only yesterday, the company’s employees went to the barricades and on the one hand criticized the company’s previous statements and on the other hand called for concrete measures to improve the situation of the employees.
The workforce at Activision Blizzard is now receiving support from numerous Ubisoft employees who have also commented on the situation in an open letter, but at the same time have made their own employers responsible. We remember: In 2020 there was a similar scandal involving harassment and discrimination at Ubisoft, which among other things resulted in the dismissal of some well-known executives.
Among other things, however, Ubisoft is accused of not having consistently followed the path taken and of having made empty promises. Numerous executives who have been accused of misconduct, for example, are said to still be filling their positions or to have escaped any measures by being transferred to other studios or positions.
The open letter calls on Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and other major publishers and developers to work together to establish new rules and standards for handling offenses. Employees from non-management positions as well as trade unionists should also and above all be included.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has already commented on this and once again confirmed that many measures have already been initiated since the events last summer, but that it is a lengthy process and that we want to continue working on it. In the third quarter they want to publish more detailed information.
However, Activision Blizzard’s decision to commission the law firm WilmerHale to conduct an internal investigation into the allegation has raised eyebrows. In itself it sounds good to bring in a third, independent party. Unfortunately, WilmerHale helped a lot in preventing the formation of unions for Amazon employees. Maybe not the best idea to get some peace and quiet.