The Ubisoft’s situation is not very good, and passing the responsibility to the workers is not something that has gone down well with the entire workforce. That is one of the reasons that has caused many employees to go on strike. To this must be added the cuts to be made within the company and the cancellations of multiple games, an aspect that aggravates the health of Ubisoft.
Following recent statements by Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has apologized when asked about it in a round of questions and answers. The manager’s words that caused so much controversy were these: “The ball is in your court to deliver this lineup of games on time and with the expected level of quality.”
“I’m sorry it was perceived that way. By saying ‘the ball is in your court’ I meant I need your talent and energy more than ever.”
Guillemot was asked this question: “The ball is now in our court, but for years it has been in your court, so why have you handled it so badly so that we, the workers, have to fix it for you?”, whose response has been seen by Kotaku.
The CEO of Ubisoft, faced with the controversy, has indicated that he did not intend to communicate in this way: “I have listened to your comments and I’m sorry this got noticed So. By saying that ‘the ball is in your court’ to deliver our games on time and at the expected level of quality, I wanted to convey the idea that more than ever I need your talent and energy to make it a reality”, emphasizes Guillemot whose statements have been collected from VGC.
“This is a collective journey that begins, of course, with myself and with the management team to create the conditions that allow us all to succeed together,” concludes the CEO. One of the most controversial topics of the last few hours is the called strike by the workers, which has not been commented in this round of questions and answers, as Kotaku claims.
These clarifying statements had an effect on some workers, but there were others who did not calm down. One of the reasons for this is that the Director of Personnel, Anika Grant, rejected a staff proposal in the face of the strike: four-day work weeks and pay increases of up to 10% to combat inflation. All these requests would have been denied due to the current situation of the company.
Guillemot did not want to talk about the more than possible layoffs with this reduction of 200 million in costs, but he left in the air that his objective is to be efficient: “It is not about doing more with less, but about finding ways to do things differently across the company. Other questions went in the following direction: “Why do we chase trends instead of marking them?”, surely in reference to NFTs.
“It seems that management is out of touch with the games and says that we have to adapt to an evolving industry,” said one of the workers. Guillemot has pointed out that They want to double the bet on the main franchises from Ubisoft like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Tom Clancy’s. Even Guillemot has compared Rainbow Six Siege to Valorant.
“We have to recognize that the trends are for megabrands“, said Marie-Sophie de Waubert, senior vice president of studio operations, when asked why more varied games like Anno 1800 were not being pursued. In fact, this title will be released on PS5 and Xbox Series X next March 16.
Guillemot has also been blamed for the lack of innovation in the titles of its main franchises, something that automatically reminds Far Cry 6. The manager believes that this installment is from “good quality“although he acknowledged that”not innovative enough“. From the Kotaku medium they consider that the developers who were creating games already canceled will help with other titles, although it is something that Ubisoft has not confirmed.
The descent of Ubisoft
We already discussed from 3DJuegos the drift that Ubisoft was leading in recent years. From the French company they were convinced that Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope had not sold enough. That is why they have canceled several games, among which Project Q should be found. Even so, video games like Beyond Good and Evil 2 and the remake of Prince of Persia are totally missing and their possibility of seeing them one day is increasingly remote.
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