Ubisoft CEO reportedly apologises for “ball is in your court” e-mail

Ubisoft has apologised after not too long ago issuing its employees with a “worrying” strategic replace.

The French online game writer stated in a press release final week that it was going through some “major challenges as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and long-lasting titles”.

Consequently, Ubisoft pushed again the discharge of the long-awaited Skull & Bones by one other 12 months once more and in addition cancelled three unannounced video games. It plans to strengthen its deal with its largest manufacturers and reside companies following a poorer than anticipated efficiency over Christmas.

Additionally, the writer introduced plans to chop prices of round €200million (£174,899) over the subsequent two years “through targeted restructuring, divesting some non-core assets and usual natural attrition”.

The worth of firm shares have fallen by 19 per cent for the reason that announcement, in response to the Financial Times.

Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has since contacted employees by way of e-mail, showing to shift the blame on to them. “Today more than ever, I need your full energy and commitment to ensure we get back on the path to success,” he wrote.

“I am also asking that each of you be especially careful and strategic with your spending and initiatives, to ensure we’re being as efficient and lean as possible.”

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. CREDIT: Ubisoft

Guillemot continued: “The ball is in your court to deliver this line-up on time and at the expected level of quality, and show everyone what we are capable of achieving.”

Now, as EuroGamer studies, the CEO has apologised for his controversial remarks. He is claimed to have addressed the contents of his e-mail throughout a company-wide Q&A that happened yesterday (January 18).

“I heard your feedback and I’m sorry this was perceived that way,” Guillemot reportedly informed employees at first of the session.

“When saying ‘the ball is in your court’ to deliver our lineup on time and at the expected level of quality, I wanted to convey the idea that more than ever I need your talent and energy to make it happen.”

He added: “This is a collective journey that starts of course with myself and with the leadership team to create the conditions for all of us to succeed together.”

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Ubisoft retailer entrance. Credit: Jeremy Moeller

Following the preliminary e-mail, the French commerce union Solidaires Informatique referred to as on Ubisoft Paris employees to stage a half-day strike subsequent Friday (January 27).

“According to Guillemot: the ball is in our court (but the money stays in his pocket),” it stated in a assertion.

“If the request to workers to be ‘especially careful and strategic with your spending’ is ironic contemplating the corporate’s editorial technique of the previous few years, it’s not humorous.

“When Mr. Guillemot speaks of ‘attrition’ and ‘organisational adjustments’, it means: staff reductions, discreet studio closures, salary cuts, disguised layoffs, etc.”

Solidaires Informatique additionally issued an inventory of 4 calls for to Ubisoft – a right away 10 per cent pay rise “to compensate for inflation” and improved working circumstances, together with the introduction of a four-day week.

Yesterday’s Q&A reportedly noticed Ubisoft Chief People Officer Anika Grant reject the four-day working week proposal, in addition to requests for pay will increase consistent with inflation.

In regards to potential layoffs, Guillemot is claimed to have remained imprecise throughout the session. “It’s not about doing more with less, but finding ways to do things differently across the company,” he reportedly informed employees.

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