Report: Two VPs among Ubisoft staff on leave as part of sexual misconduct investigation

Report: Two VPs among Ubisoft staff on leave as part of sexual misconduct investigation

French publisher Ubisoft has reportedly put a number of its employees on its administrative leave, including two VPs, due to an investigation into sexual misconduct at the company.

That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that Ubisoft creative director Maxime Béland and New IP editorial director Tommy François have been put on leave owing to an investigation into allegations of widespread sexual misconduct at the company. Each of the aforementioned VPs has faced by at least three claims of bad behaviour by posters on Twitter and anonymous accusers.

This follows Ubisoft putting out a statement last week saying that it was bringing in external consultants to look into allegations made against its employees and that it would be taking "any and all appropriate disciplinary action" based on what this turns up.

This is part of a wave of accusations being made against people against the games industry. Several Ubisoft staff are among the accused.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail stepped down from the project last week after it was revealed he had been engaged in an affair with Twitch streamer Matreonedea despite being married.

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