According to Polygon, Ubisoft is slowly losing its developers. The main causes of this staffing loss are low wages, employees finding better opportunities and frustration with allegations of workplace misconduct by the company. Ubisoft employees called the departure ‘the great exodus’.
Ubisoft faces a personnel crisis after many scandals
Already 5 top developers of Far Cry 6 left the studio. Plus 12 of the top 50 developers of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla also retired. But it’s not just the big name developers and leaders, Axios said that Ubisoft’s Canadian studios are also seeing heavy losses.
Ubisoft is said to have offered to raise wages for all employees at its Canadian studios in an effort to discourage workers from leaving, Kotaku reports that Ubisoft’s chief human resources officer, Anika Grant, said the pay increase had help improve employee retention rate by 50%. However, the pay increase only applies to Canadian studios, and other Ubisoft developers became even more frustrated that they didn’t get a raise.
Ubisoft, like Activision Blizzard, have faced accusations of workplace misconduct and mishandling sexual harassment cases in recent years.
Employee departures at Ubisoft appear to be joining a wave called “The Great Resignation,” a movement in which people across industries are leaving at record rates. Ubisoft did not respond to questions from Polygon, though a spokesperson told Axios it has had to hire 2,600 more employees since April 2021.