Ubisoft is facing a period of financial and internal turmoil, and CEO Yves Guillemot has been forced to heed recent comments he made blaming the staff.
After canceling three unannounced games and delaying the release date of Skull and Bones for a sixth time, Guillemot told employees “the ball is in your court” to help get the $3 billion company back on track .
Changes at Ubisoft were left to “major challenges” in the industry, the underperformance of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023, and an upcoming “restructuring” for the publisher. On Wednesday, a new report from Kotaku revealed that Ubisoft held a company-wide Q&A session to address restructuring news. There, the CEO apologized for his previous comments.
“I heard your comments and I’m sorry it was perceived that way,” Guillemot said, according to sources present. “By saying ‘the ball is in your court’ to deliver our programming on time and at the expected level of quality, I wanted to convey the idea that more than ever I need your talent and your energy to get there. It’s a collective journey that of course starts with myself and with the management team to create the conditions for us all to succeed together.