For some, Ubisoft Montreal’s St-Laurent Boulevard headquarters are a monument to the city’s formidable position in the world of video-game production. Others see the repurposed clothing factory as an example of the embourgeoisement of the neighbourhood surrounding it, spurring high rents and third-wave coffee shops in the historically shambolic Mile End.
Yet a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations—and the high-level departures they apparently provoked—has put the focus squarely on the culture within Ubisoft’s walls in Montreal and beyond. Over the weekend, the company announced the resignation of three executives as part of “a complete overhaul of the way in which the creative teams collaborate.” Among them was Ubisoft Canada managing director Yannis Mallat, who had been at the company practically since it landed in the city in 1997.
“The recent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for him to continue in this position,” the company said in a release, heralding “a significant change in its workplace culture.” The obvious, even glaring fact left unspoken in the company’s spiel: many of the alleged improprieties took place in Canada.