The cancel culture wave continues. Splinter Cell and Far Cry creative director Maxime Beland, as well as vice president editorial of Ubisoft, has resigned from the company. This is because of allegations from multiple employees of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace (via Kotaku).
His most serious offence is choking a female employee while at a Far Cry 4 launch party for Ubisoft Toronto. He also contributed to Ubisoft’s systemic “party culture” issue that results in hostile conditions for female employees.
To quote the Kotaku feature: “The rampant use of alcohol and parties as a retention technique certainly added to—if not created—the permissive culture at Ubisoft Toronto around sexual harassment,” according to a former Ubisoft Toronto employee.
Here’s the official statement of Beland’s resignation, as well as the suspension of Ubisoft employee Tommy François:
“Maxime Beland, Vice President Editorial, has resigned from his role at Ubisoft, effective immediately. Despite his resignation, we continue to investigate the allegations made against him.
Additionally, effective as of yesterday, Tommy François, Vice President Editorial & Creative Services, has been placed on disciplinary leave pending the outcome of an investigation. One other individual in our Toronto studio has been terminated for engaging in behaviours that do not align with what is expected of Ubisoft employees. Other investigations are ongoing and will be conducted rigorously.”