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Ubisoft boss apologizes for ‘ball is in your court’ comment during company-wide Q&A



Yesterday we brought you the news that a strike could begin in Ubisoft Paris, following head-honcho Yves Guillemot’s “ball is in your court” comment. Faced with a company-wide Q&A session, Guillemot has since apologized, stating that “I listened to your feedback, and I’m sorry that it was perceived that way.”

has been relayed by KotakuGuillemont responded to a list of questions already submitted through corporate communications channels, one of which read, “The ball is in our court now — it’s been in your court for years, so why are you throwing the ball so badly?” behaved? So we, the workers, have to fix it for you?”

Guillemont responded by stating that “in saying ‘the ball is in your court’ to get our lineup on time and to the level of quality possible, I wanted to convey the idea that more than ever, I have to make it needs your talent and energy. happens.”

A 10% pay increase and a possible 4-day work week proposed by the French trade union Solidaires Informatique were rejected by Ubisoft’s chief people officer Annika Grant, who said such measures would not be possible in the company’s current financial situation. . The proposed strike, which is scheduled for January 27, was not directly addressed.

Ubisoft has faced several challenges in recent times. Last week, it was announced that the long-suffering pirate game Skull and Bones would be delayed once again and three unannounced projects were cancelled. With anticipated projects and rumored delays of other titles seemingly stuck in development hell, it’s clear that all is not well in the house of Altair.

What do you think of Guillemot’s comments? What do you think Ubisoft needs to do to right the ship? Let us know in the comments section below.


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