Skull & Bones developer Ubisoft Singapore is currently being investigated by a surveillance group for alleged sexual harassment, employment discrimination and other unfair practices.
The Straits Times reported that the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices in Singapore has launched an investigation following a condemnatory report from Singapore. Kotaku surrounding the culture of toxic study work. The report saw former employees who considered it "one of Ubisoft's worst studies in terms of culture" with an exclusive "French roof" that made it difficult for native workers to climb the ladder.
Ubisoft stated in the Kotaku report that "40% of the functions of experts and senior experts are residents of Singapore or permanent," although former employees complained that French was a language that is regularly used on the study floor.
TAFEP will investigate whether Ubisoft Singapore has breached the government’s fair consideration framework, which covers workplace discrimination related to age, gender, race, religion and language. If found guilty, the studio may not be able to apply for new work passes or renew existing ones for its foreign staff for 12 to 24 months.
The watchdog is also investigating allegations of sexual harassment, with a litigation lawyer telling The Straits Times that the crimes discovered will go to a police investigation.
Ubisoft Singapore managing director Darryl Long said the study does not tolerate harassment or discrimination, adding that Ubi has hired a third party to help examine complaints and that it has "taken concrete steps to formalize the way bad behavior is treated. "
A crowd of 32 different studio Ubisoft employees signed an open letter last month in solidarity with Activision Blizzard staff, following serious allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at both publishers. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot responded by saying that "significant progress" had been made in his study, but employees disagreed.