Ubisoft CEO clears the air on “toxicity” comments

Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO, clarifies his statement concerning toxicity in the games industry, in a recent interview with Axios.

During a recent interview with the French publication, La Presse, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot made a statement suggesting that the toxicity plaguing his company over the past two years is inescapable. When asked if he believed that the toxicity issues within the company were resolved, Guillemot responded that the company had implemented a few policies to address any problem that may have occurred.

Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, has addressed his recent toxicity comments that generated a lot of negative press.

However, when he was questioned as to why other parts of the game development industry seem to suffer similar toxicity problems as Ubisoft, Guillemot responded that toxic behavior in the industry are a result of the complexity of creating video games, and friction in the creative process.

The response did not go down well with many people who considered it tasteless, especially given the issues Ubisoft has faced over the past two years.

Over the past couple of years, Ubisoft has had to live down a lot of toxicity claims. As a result, the CEO's recent comments on the gaming industry's toxicity problem was seen by many as tone deaf.

Guillemot has since clarified his comments.

In a statement released on Twitter by Axios reporter Steven Totilo, Guillemot said:

I want to be clear, as I have said before there is absolutely no place for toxicity at Ubisoft or in our industry. When I spoke of there sometimes being friction, I was thinking of the creative tension that is common and vital in innovative companies like ours, where people have the freedom to challenge ideas and have heated but healthy debates. To prevent this tension from becoming negative or to address it if it does, that's where strong policies, values, and corresponding procedures are essential. Over the past two and-[a]-half years, we have made a lot of progress on that front in order to deliver safe and great experiences to all of our teams. Healthy, respectful working environments are our top priority and we're pleased to say that according to our latest surveys, our team members are reassured that we are on the right track.

Ubisoft has had to address multiple reports of toxicity within its ranks within the past two years. While the company has made great progress on that front, according to various reports concerns have not been assuaged entirely.

Nevertheless, the company is pressing on and doing its best to satisfy its fans. For instance, Ubisoft is working with Netflix to create an Assassin’s Creed live-action series. By the way, Tencent recently made a massive $300 million investment in the video game company.

Tobi Oguntola

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