Nov 5, 2021 - Technology

Ubisoft employees call for public support

Ubisoft logo. Photo illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A Better Ubisoft, a group of current and former employees fighting to change the company's culture, is calling for public support by way of an online petition.

Driving the news: "100 days ago we signed our open letter and set out our four key demands," the group tweeted on Friday. "None of our demands have been met."

  • The petition is open to anyone, including players, streamers, non-gamers and Ubisoft employees.
  • A Better Ubisoft is asking for the company, which makes popular series' like "Assassin’s Creed" and "Far Cry," to "stop promoting and moving known offenders from studio to studio, team to team with no repercussions." It also wants to establish rules and processes studios can use to handle such offenses in the future.
  • "We want a collective seat at the table, to have meaningful say in how Ubisoft as a company moves forward from here." Collaborations "must heavily involve" non-management employees and union representatives.

The big picture: Game workers are moving toward unionization and collective action in the wake of harassment, misconduct and discrimination investigations and lawsuits against Activision Blizzard.

  • A Better ABK, a collection of Activision Blizzard workers, publicly asked CEO Bobby Kotick to formally recognize its union on Oct. 30. The company has yet to respond.
  • Requests for comment from Activision Blizzard were not returned.
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