Splinter Cell Creative Director Maxime Beland Resigns From Ubisoft Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Splinter Cell Creative Director Maxime Beland Resigns From Ubisoft Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Richard Walker

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Creative Director Maxime Beland has departed Ubisoft in light of a succession of sexual harassment allegations made at the company. Beland is among several key Ubisoft employees who've recently been mired in controversy over alleged sexual misconduct.

Others include editorial VP Tommy François (who has been put on disciplinary leave) and Watch Dogs product & brand marketing manager Andrien 'EscoBlades' Gbinigie, while Assassin's Creed Valhalla Creative Director Ashraf Ismail stepped down from his role last month following accusations of infidelity and lying about his marital status.

Ubisoft has confirmed to VGC in a statement that Beland has left his post at Ubisoft "effective immediately" and that the company will be investigating the allegations against him. Beland had previously worked on the Rainbow Six and Far Cry series before heading up Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Conviction. He was also Design Director on the first Assassin's Creed game, and had returned to Ubisoft recently having moved to Epic Games for a short spell.

Another of Beland's fellow Ubisoft Toronto employees has also been fired "for engaging in behaviours that do not align with what is expected of Ubisoft employees," the developer confirmed, while investigations into sexual misconduct by its employees are "ongoing and will be conducted rigorously". Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has also assured that a "structural shift" will be implemented, with its editorial team to be rebuilt.

"No one should ever feel harassed or disrespected at work, and the types of inappropriate behaviour we have recently learned about cannot and will not be tolerated," said Guillemot. "To those of you who have spoken up or have supported colleagues, I want to be clear: you are heard, and you are helping drive necessary change within the company."

  • Accusations are not proof. We need to end witch hunts. This is ruining our society, not helping it.
  • @1: Correct. Either show us credible evidence of guilt and let the courts do their job or STFU!
  • Another hurdle to what a lot of us want. A new SC game. Hopefully this is not true. S.H. is a very serious thing. I was accused of it in the mid-90's. I could not believe it when my female general manager told me I was accused of it. I was a manager at McDonald's and would hug all my female cashiers. There were no bad intentions. I'm just a natural hugger. There was one that liked me, but she wasn't my type. I never found out, but it was prolly her that tried to get me in trouble to get me back for not wanting her! This could be a similar situation. Sorry for the TMI!
  • @3 You were hugging your female co-workers? That's shady as hell dude and totally unprofessional.
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