Report: Ubisoft CEO apologizes to employees over ‘ball in court’ comments

Ubisoft is facing turbulent times financially and internally, and CEO Yves Guillemot has had to reckon with recent comments he’s made and shift the blame to staff.

After three unannounced games were canceled and the Skull and Bones release date pushed back for the sixth time, Guillemot he told the staff “The ball is in your court” to help get the $3 billion company back on track.

Changes at Ubisoft have been cited as “significant challenges” in the industry, underperformance of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023, and an upcoming “restructuring” of the publisher. Wednesday, New report from Kotaku She revealed that Ubisoft had a company-wide Q&A to address news of the restructuring. There, the CEO apologized for his earlier comments.

“I heard your remarks and I’m sorry it was taken that way,” said Guillemot, according to the sources present. “When I say ‘the ball is in your court’ to deliver our squad on time and at the expected level of quality, I wanted to convey the idea that more than ever I need your talent and energy to make it happen. This is a team journey that of course begins with myself and the leadership team to create the conditions for all of us. to succeed together.”

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