Ubisoft, the developer of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, amongst other IPs, is the latest company to enforce mass layoffs. Apparently, this is due to a “global company restructure,” cutting hundreds of workers just before the holidays.
Kotaku confirmed that Ubisoft Montreal has axed 124 jobs, 98 of which worked in the company’s Canadian offices. Employees who got cut were from Ubisoft’s general and administrative teams, Ubisoft IT, and Hybrid, an SFX studio that worked on The Mandalorian.
"These are not decisions taken lightly and we are providing comprehensive support for our colleagues who will be leaving Ubisoft during this transition,” the company said in a statement. “We also want to share our utmost gratitude and respect for their many contributions to the company. This restructuring does not affect our production teams."
Anyone who has been keeping up with gaming news knows that this isn’t new to the industry, especially right now. In fact, Ubisoft actually cut a number of their employees earlier this year, so seeing them be part of this trend again is beyond disappointing, to say the least.
Naughty Dog, Epic Games, Xbox, Bungie, and so much more have been cutting employees for one reason or another. What makes this factoid disappointing is that there have been plenty of excellent games that came out this year, with many originally saying this was a good time for gaming. Although customers are pleased with the products they get, the people making those products don’t get the same satisfaction when they can lose their jobs at any time.
Horrifically, this isn’t even the worst Ubisoft controversy in recent memory. The company made headlines when it was revealed that a number of employees had been sexually harassing their female co-workers, five of whom were arrested. Developers also revealed that the company had been gaslighting them for some of the higher-up’s failures.