Ubisoft Executive Tommy Francois Leaves Following Sexual Harassment Accusations
The departure of Tommy Francois from Ubisoft is the latest in a number of executives stepping down from the company following abuse allegations
Tommy Francois, the vice-president of editorial and creative services at Ubisoft, has left the company after allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
Francois is the latest in a number of high-profile departures from Ubisoft, namely coming from the company’s editorial team, which controls the development of a majority of the Ubisoft’s franchises. Specifically, Francois’s role left him in control of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs. Serge Hascoet, the former chief creative officer and head of Ubisoft’s editorial team, left along with former Managing Director Yannis Mallat following reports of sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the company. Along with them, former Global Head of HR Cecile Cornet stepped down from her position, although she is still employed by Ubisoft. Of this trio to leave the most notable was Hascoet, who had enough power at Ubisoft to nix a King Arthur inspired game and ensure that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey wouldn’t have a sole female protagonist.
An internal letter from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) July 2, 2020
News of Francois’ departure comes from Business Insider, which saw an email sent July 31 by Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemont announcing the former executive would be leaving the company. This was later confirmed by Business Insider through an email from Ubisoft.
Previously, Francois had been placed on leave along with another vice-president and several other employees, all the result of reports of sexual harassment and misconduct at Ubisoft. At the time, Guillemont promised to “personally follow” each case.
Guillemont has previously released an internal letter titled “Change Starts Today” in which he outlined changes to the company’s editorial team as well as its HR department in response to multiple reports of ongoing harassment at the company and its studios.