Following the company walkout at Blizzard’s headquarters in Irvine, California, hundreds of Ubisoft employees have written an open letter to company management to support those participating in the Activision Blizzard protest. The letter also criticized Ubisoft’s handling of workplace discrimination.
The open letter was shared with Axios, with nearly 500 current and former Ubisoft devs directly addressed the Activision Blizzard situation. The group stated it’s “time to stop being shocked” by the accounts of workplace harassment and gender discrimination, since it is so frequent. They went on to say that “those responsible must be held accountable for their actions” and they plan to send the letter to management, including CEO Yves Guillemot.
“We believe you, we stand with you and support you,” the Ubisoft members penned in the letter. “It should no longer be a surprise to anyone: employees, executives, journalists, or fans that these heinous acts are going on. It is time to stop being shocked. We must demand real steps be taken to prevent them. Those responsible must be held accountable for their actions.”
The open letter also takes a dig at Ubisoft for how it dealing with sexual misconduct and the accusations levied against multiple people at the company. The group is obviously frustrated, and wants to a seat a the table during company-wide decision-making on how to move forward.
“We have stood by and watched as you fired only the most public offenders,” the group said. “You let the rest either resign or worse, promoted them, moved them from studio to studio, team to team, giving them second chance after second chance with no repercussions. This cycle needs to stop. […] This collaboration must heavily involve employees in non-management positions and union representatives. This is essential to ensure that those who are directly affected by these behaviors are leading the change.”
Activision Blizzard has been in the hot seat since last week, when California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against the company. Of course, the company has been trying to control the damage, with multiple executives issuing statements about inclusion. Even Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick promised company improvements following an earlier, more controversial statement from the company.