Fired Assassin’s Creed Director now works for Tencent

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Eivor holds two axes in front of Aurora.

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It’s been two years since a workplace sexual misconduct scandal broke out at Ubisoft Exits, resignations, and multiple firings. Now one of the people being investigated has resurfaced. Ashraf Ismail, the creative director who was previously successful in this film Assassin’s Creed Valhallanow working for rival Tencent, Axios reports.

Specifically, Ismail works for TiMi Studio Group, the Chinese company’s mobile gaming giant, as a “consultant creative director,” a rep confirmed. Axios. TiMi is responsible Pokemon Unitecell phone compatibility from call of duty And PUBGAnd a series of other games. It also opened an office in Montreal last year to develop an ambitious, open-world service-based AAA game across multiple platforms.

A spokesperson for the TiMi Studio Group said: “During our work with Ash, he has acted in a professional manner and has consistently demonstrated an eagerness to learn and grow as a team member and as a person.” Kotaku In a statement. We strive to provide a safe and respectful work environment for everyone and will continue to do so as our team grows and expands.

Ismail did not immediately respond to the request to comment

Ismail started working killers of faith the copyright In 2009 with Black Flag Assassin’s Creed IV. He was then the game manager the roots Before being promoted to Creative Director at Valhalla. Before being fired, he helped chart the series’ pivot towards open-world RPGs. His name was eventually removed ValhallaCredits

Read more: Ubisoft employees were “concerned” by allegations of misconduct

It is for this reason He was fired from Ubisoft in August 2020 after being investigated for misconduct, though the company never disclosed details of its findings. Earlier that summer, the veteran developer had been accused of taking advantage of his position by not marrying women relatively new to the gaming industry. It soon gave way to a flurry of accusations against other company employees that eventually culminated. Famous resignation of several executives.

Despite the initial purge and HR audits, some current and former employees say The company was stopped It completely revises its workplace culture. In 2021 the A Better Ubisoft working group He called the management To take a seat at the table in investigating cases of violations and helping to improve the company.

Hundreds of people signed an open letter, but a year later they say the administration still hasn’t responded to their demands. In the first year of his demands, The group tweeted today 25 percent of the employees who signed that letter have since left the company, and a disproportionate number of them were women. One current employee who signed the letter called the process “very disturbing.”

If you’re a current or former developer with a story to share about working at Ubisoft, my inbox is always open: ethan.gach@kotaku.com (Signal and Proton upon request).

There is nothing else I can say about ABU’s demands or management’s response to them, because there has been none. Kotaku. “No attempt to reach, no new action to counter them.”

Ubisoft has in the past backed off accusations of attrition, saying they were normal for the industry. But last fall, the company implemented an unprecedented pay hike at its Montreal studio to keep talent from leaving. While people have left for various reasons, Employee departure It has affected the release of Ubisoft games.

“The total number of employees has remained relatively stable because Ubi can still hire a lot of young people,” argued the current employee. But the massive lack of experience and knowledge has clearly taken a toll on our productivity, and we’re now seeing new delays and cancellations.

Ubisoft confirmed some of these delays and cancellations In your last earnings call. Avatar: The Borderlands of Pandora It is no longer in time for the new movie and a new mini has not been announcedkillers of faith The game is also delayed. in the meantime, Ghost Recon Frontline It was one of several projects that have been canned recently. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also urged employees in a recent company-wide email to cut spending to only “what is necessary” ahead of the recession.

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