After a leave of absence from Ubisoft in June, former artistic director on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail, has now been fired. This follows an exterior investigation into his inappropriate relationships with group members.
Ismail’s termination has been communicated to staff at Ubisoft Montreal by way of a company-wide electronic mail, which Kotaku has obtained a replica of. Although the letter would not particularly state why Ismail was fired, it does notice that it comes after an exterior investigation into allegations introduced towards him left no different selection.
“Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated,” reads the message. “We cannot provide any details about this confidential investigation.”
A Ubisoft consultant confirmed the report with Bloomberg News, saying, “As a result of investigations, Ashraf Ismail has been dismissed from Ubisoft and is no longer an employee.”
Allegations towards Ismail initially surfaced on June 21, when a online game streamer named Dani divulged her interplay with the Ubisoft director. She claimed that Ismail lied about his marital standing to her, whereas additionally claiming that he had accomplished the identical to a number of different followers throughout the Ubisoft group.
“I don’t want other women to go through the same, and I’ve already had several tell me he did all the same stuff to them, and they’ve all been in the gaming community,” wrote Dani in June. “After verifying he was married, I figured I wasn’t the only one he had done this to.”
Ismail responded by stepping away from Ubisoft Montreal and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on June 24, citing private points that he wanted to cope with. Since then Ubisoft has been the goal of quite a few sexual harassment and assault allegations, which has led to several resignations and public terminations.
In a current Q&A following an earnings name, Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot dodged questions on his culpability in all of the allegations focusing on Ubisoft executives. A French union has also called on victims of harassment and assault to step ahead as they put together a authorized case towards Ubisoft.
GameSpot has contacted Ubisoft for remark.