- Aug 25, 2020
Tommy François, Ubisoft's vice-president of editorial and creative services, has left the company after allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. The departure of the long-serving executive, who had previously been placed on administrative leave, was first reported by Business Insider's Samuel Horti. When asked for comment by IGN, an Ubisoft spokesperson replied with, “Tommy François has left the company, effective immediately.” Business Insider reports that CEO Yves Guillemot told Ubisoft employees about François' departure last week. François' role saw him steering the creative direction of the company's franchises, including Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/07/21/multiple-assassins-creed-games-reportedly-scrapped-or-minimised-female-lead-roles-before-release-ign-news"] François is far from the onlu Ubisoft executive to leave the company in recent weeks. After being wracked with scandals, the French developer/publisher has seen Ashraf Ismail, Maxime Béland, Serge Hascoët, Tannis Mallat, and Cécile Cornet all step down from their senior roles following allegations of toxic behaviour, sexual misconduct, and mishandling of employee reports about abuse at the company. Yves Guillemot has promised "major changes" to the company following numerous and ongoing reports of harassment and misconduct among employees across Ubsoft's studios. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected].