With a Twitter announcement, Ashraf Ismail has resigned from Ubisoft. Ismail was the creative director of upcoming Assassin’s Creed game, Valhalla. Furthermore, Ismail had the same role for Black Flag and Origins instalments. Ashraf Ismail issued an apology and stated “the lives of his family and his own” has shattered. However, it’s not possible to verify this tweet anymore, since he closed his account.
Previously, Ismail had faced accusations about concealing his marital status. A former colleague mentioned Ismail lied to her for romantic advancements. Ismail announced he’s leaving the creative director position to deal with “his personal life properly”. With the new #metoo movement on the rise, more resignations will possibly take place.
The current harrassment controversy hasn’t stopped with Ismail. More victims are coming forward each day to talk about their unpleasant experiences with Ubisoft staff. Therefore, the company has recently published a statement to Eurogamer, emphasising their concern.
Additionally, Dying Light storywriter Chris Avellone got at the centre of attention. Studios worked with Avellone publised back to back statements. Moreover, Techland announced, Avellone is no longer a part of the company. On the other hand, Insomniac Games made a Twitter announcement after former employees got accused of sexual harrassment.
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