The last week or so has been rocked with multiple complaints and allegations of sexual harassment and abuse carried out by figures in the games industry, from well known names to senior figures at large companies, and those from smaller companies too. Ubisoft is one of the epicentres of these complaints where a number of situations were made public. The two most high-profile cases are those of VP Editorial & Creative Services Tommy François and VP Editorial Maxime Béland, both of whom have had numerous allegations made against them. Assassins Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail stepped down from the project to take a leave of absence and deal with the fallout from his alleged infidelity, but these are being treated as a personal matter in comparison to the others that linger over the company.
Now, Electronic Arts has released its own statement regarding the sexual harrassment and abuse issues within the industry. As you may expect the statement says that the company finds all of this behaviour unacceptable, and that it does investigate every matter seriously. In the statement, EA also gives links of ways people can report incidents to the company, whether they are an employee at one of the studios or someone outside of the company who was in a situation that involved an EA employee. The full statement is below.
In recent days we’ve seen and heard a number of disturbing stories around sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct in our industry. We want to be very clear on our position: these behaviors are never ok — not in our communities or any others. Electronic Arts supports everyone that has come forward to report abuse and we are asking anyone who has experienced any kind of harassment or sexual misconduct in our community to come forward.
We take every allegation seriously and we investigate it. We are deeply committed to ensuring there is safe space for people to come forward and taking the right actions on behalf of our community. The stories we’ve heard recently make it clear there is still a lot of work to be done in our industry.
If you are an EA employee and encounter or have encountered harassment, violence or other misconduct, please raise it immediately with your manager or People Experience leader. If you are not comfortable doing that you can report anonymously through our Raise a Concern program.
If you are not an employee of EA and have encountered harassment, violence or other misconduct by another player, member of our Game Changer community, Competitive Gaming Player or EA staff member, there are multiple reporting resources which can be found here.
We will not stand for this behavior and that is outlined in our Global Human Rights Statement, EA Competitive Gaming Codes of Conduct (EA SPORTS FIFA GLOBAL SERIES ; Madden NFL Championship Series ; Apex Legends Competitive Gaming Rules) and our Positive Play Charter
Being part of a gaming community, whether you’re an employee, creator, player or anyone else, should be a positive, fun, fair, inclusive, and most importantly safe experience. This is a part of our commitment to Positive Play and we intend to continue to act on it.
It is likely we will continue to see more stories of such behaviour come out with more people stepping forward.