Scavengers Studio has issued a response to allegations that went public earlier this week, citing a predatory and poisonous work involvement centering round artistic director Simon Darveau and his then-romantic companion CEO Amélie Lamarche.
The unique report by GameIndustry.biz detailed a darkish aspect of the corporate (substantiated by conversations with 9 present and former staff of Scavengers Studio), with most of the issues allegedly ranging from the highest with Darveau. In an surroundings that was teeming with creativity and pleasure over video games like Darwin Mission and Season, the article revealed that the studio’s tradition was tinged with toxicity, with complaints that girls have been particularly focused below the Scavengers umbrella.
From sexual harassment to bodily assault, the allegations in opposition to Darveau and his companion are extreme, a lot in order that the artistic director has been suspended and the studio itself has issued an announcement.
“Following the poisonous office allegations introduced ahead within the media, Scavengers Studio needs to apologize for the hurt triggered,” reads the official assertion from Lamarche herself. “Allegations comparable to these are critical, and we’re dedicated to doing higher for our staff, our followers, and our companions.”
Upon listening to of the allegations in opposition to the artistic director, the corporate held an emergency assembly with the Board of Administrators to debate what to do from right here. Whereas a bigger plan is within the works to see how this escalated unchecked and what the tradition will likely be from right here on out, the crew did element a plan of action efficient instantly:
- Simon Darveau is indefinitely suspended from all obligations inside the firm and from the Board of Administrators.
- An exterior auditing agency will conduct an impartial office evaluation and audit of our tradition and practices.
- Daisy Lilly Greatest, at present Director of Operations, is appointed as Chief Working Officer and will likely be reporting on to the board of administrators throughout the audit to make sure full transparency and accountability.
- The audit report will likely be shared in its entirety with the crew and offered by Daisy to the board for additional actions to be taken.
The assertion continues, saying “To make sure a clear, truthful and unbiased course of, I provided to briefly step down from my function as Chief Government throughout the audit. I’ll stay out there to assist the studio’s regular course of enterprise.
“Within the meantime, we ask for the group’s endurance and understanding as we undergo this course of. The Season crew has poured their hearts into the undertaking. We now have full confidence of their artistic course and can proceed to assist the superb work of our gifted crew.”
The unique report by GameIndustry.biz reveals abuse that dates again to 2018 (to this point) with situations of verbal and sexual assault, public degradation and objectification of the ladies staff, and even an a recorded second the place Darveau was allegedly drunk at a vacation occasion in 2019 and groped a number of girls staff in full view of different staff. One of many girls groped throughout that point says that she resigned from the corporate the next Monday.
Concerning the alleged relationship of Darveau and Lamarche, the staff that spoke with GI.biz acknowledged that there was at all times a priority a couple of battle of curiosity. Provided that there was no efficient HR division arrange throughout this time, there was no actual avenue for workers to specific these considerations, particularly when many of those girls described Darveau as somebody who had “a number of charisma” and due to that, he “will get away with so much.” One worker even went as far as to say that Lamarche was even worse as a result of “She coated up a whole lot of what he did or what he does.”
Whereas it is good that fast steps are being taken and accountability is there, how a tradition like that is cultivated for therefore lengthy is a a lot greater situation. We have seen this time and time once more, most just lately with the Me Too motion that Ubisoft publicly went by again in Summer season of 2020. How does this degree of abuse hold occurring? Can folks safely converse up? These are questions that this business can not conceal from, and as related stories abuse proceed to floor, we should work to confront them immediately.
[Source: Scavengers Studio]