Ashraf Ismail, former creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, was fired by Ubisoft, Bloomberg report. Ismail resigned and took leave in June after a fan accused Ismail of lying about her marital status in order to pursue a romantic relationship with her.
“As a result of the investigation, Ashraf Ismail was fired from Ubisoft and no longer an employee,” a Ubisoft spokesman said. The Verge. Kotaku also viewed an internal message sent to an employee confirming Ismail’s termination of employment following an outside investigation.
Ubisoft has been under surveillance since June when dozens of people spoke on social media about the company̵7;s toxic work culture, believed to have spanned more than a decade, according to Bloomberg. New allegations are still being launched, with Gamasutra Reported this morning on allegations against additional employees, including Jonathan Dumont, creative director of the Assassin’s Creed Odysseyperson accused of exhibiting controlling and violent behavior in the workplace.
Following the initial wave of accusations, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced in July that some changes will be made internally to create a healthier work environment at the company. This includes binding bonuses to team leaders based on their “ability to create a positive and inclusive work environment”.
Many executives at Ubisoft have resigned or left the company in recent weeks following allegations of professional harassment and misconduct. In July, former creative director and vice president of editing at Ubisoft Toronto, Maxime Béland, resigned after being laid off in June for a number of inappropriate behaviors, including sexual harassment. . That same week, the top three executives, including creative director Serge Hascoët, left the company over recent allegations of inappropriate behavior. More recently, Tommy François, Vice President of editorial and creative services, left the company in early August after having alleged sexual harassment against him.