Ubisoft Singapore, a leading studio underway Skull and bones and co-developer Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, is investigating the National Labor Inspectorate for abuses in the studio. Singapore newspaper Straits Times reports the country’s tripartite alliance for fair and progressive employment practices (TAFEP) began its research after receiving anonymous feedback on studio conditions.
The probe follows a wide range report from user Kotaku last month is based on discussions with more than 20 current and former employees about the studio’s allegedly toxic work environment. According to sources, female workers were sometimes subjected to unwanted physical contact, and that subsequent HR investigations last for months and result in minor penalties. The studio is also said to suffer from racial differences, and local workers cannot proceed past the so-called “French roof” at Paris headquarters.
Straits Times reports that such investigations usually involve interviews with stakeholders and may result in civil or criminal penalties. Civil sanctions may include preventing the studio from applying for new work permits for foreign workers, while more serious violations may result in a criminal investigation.
In its opinion Limit, Ubisoft said it was aware that feedback had been sent to TAFEP, but said it could not comment on the probe while discussions were still ongoing. “Every Ubisoft studio, including Ubisoft Singapore, strives to create and promote a culture that team members and partners can be proud of,” the company said. “We do not tolerate and do not intend to accept discrimination or exploitation. We celebrate our international culture and strive to ensure that our teams are deeply integrated into local communities. “
In response to last month’s report Kotaku, the company said that 40 percent of Ubisoft Singapore’s expert and leading expert roles are Singaporeans or permanent residents. “Our goal is to continue to increase Singapore’s leadership through various programs, including our own leadership learning path to accelerate the development of new leaders,” it said.
Ubisoft Singapore CEO Darryl Long, who took over the management of the studio, told a news conference on August 6 that the company “[needs] begins to change the way we are seen and the way we act internally, Straits Times reports.
Allegations of misconduct at Ubisoft Singapore have occurred following a general report of toxicity at Ubisoft. An anonymous survey of nearly 14,000 employees published in October revealed that as many as a quarter of them have seen or experienced abuse in the workplace, and 20 percent said they did not feel “fully respected or safe in the work environment.” Despite the fact that there are several high-profile employees sack from company, CEO Yves Guillemot has said that “real change takes time.“
Meanwhile, rival Activision Blizzard is currently facing its own sexual harassment controversy. He was recently sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Technology.