Ashraf Ismail, former creative director for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, has been fired by Ubisoft, Bloomberg reports. Ismail resigned from his role and took a break in June after a fan accused Ismail of lying about his marital status in order to pursue a romantic relationship with him.
“As a result of the investigation, Ashraf Ismail has left Ubisoft and is no longer an employee,” a spokesman told Ubisoft. Verge. Kotaku also looked at an internal message sent to employees confirming that the company had terminated Ismail̵7;s employment following an external investigation.
Ubisoft has been under surveillance since June when dozens of people spoke on social media about the company’s toxic work culture, which is suspected to have lasted more than a decade, according to Bloomberg. New charges are still being made, with Gamasutra reporting this morning on allegations made against additional employees, including Jonathan Dumont, creative director for Odyssey Creed Assassin’s, who is suspected of displaying controlling and violent behavior in the workplace.
Following the initial wave of allegations, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced in July that some changes would be made internally to create a healthier work environment in the company. This includes mandatory rewards for leading teams based on “their ability to create a positive and inclusive work environment”.
Many executives at Ubisoft have either resigned or left the company in recent weeks following allegations of harassment and professional conduct. In July, Maxime Béland, former creative director and vice president of Ubisoft Toronto, resigned after being placed on administrative leave in June for several instances of misconduct, including sexual harassment. In the same week, three top executives, including creative chief Serge Hasco, left the company in light of recent allegations of misconduct. Most recently, Tommy François, VP for editorial and creative services, left the company in early August after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.