- Dec 1, 2014
There's no doubt that putting their careers on the line makes their case is a big deal, but we have actually had incidents where people did put their careers on the line making accusations and turned out to be no better or in some cases, the instigator. Most notably, last year with the EVO Incident with the Smash 4 EVO Player who had called out Nairo. The EVO incident was important in exposing the paedophilia surrounding it, but in the one case of the one EVO player who called out Nairo, the community practically sided with that one player, especially when Nairo apologised and went dark, until it was revealed by some of that EVO player's friends or whatnot that they had manipulated the story to make it look like Nairo was the instigator when they were told otherwise. Not to mention the supposed hush money and chat logs that were supposedly leaked.I mean, you could just believe accusers when they're putting their literal entire careers in Ubisoft and broader games development on the line to call out his behavior as problematic. Ubisoft was demonstrably shown to be harboring abusers, covering up instances of abuse, and protecting managers and higher ups in a typical circle the wagons mentality that extended all the way up to CEO Yves Guillemont. There was a massive demonstrated culture of abuse at Ubisoft as a company, which means, at the very least, we shouldn't really be giving the CEOs good friend (the same CEO who was shown to have protected numerous abusers in the past) the benefit of the doubt in such a situation, especially when most of the allegations were a hostile work place, to which Ancel literally started yelling "Fake news" and blamed his abusers.
I feel like in a lot of these situations, fans forget just how much power and money the accused actually have and how much power they would have wielded in the past. There's just not a lot to be gained by stumping for people to that degree even if you personally love their art or creations and the overwhelming majority of these people can face allegations and walk away relatively unscathed by virtue of wealth, institutional power protecting them, etc. And especially in the game's industry, blowing the whistle or making accusations is almost an occupational death sentence as a developer or other lower level employee, so there's no reason not to take people at face value when they come out with this stuff.
Like, that one player was putting their career on the line making that accusation. When bringing it into attention and view was just as much risking them of getting called out. And for a while, they had the side of the community supporting them until they did get called out. Is it as big as the developer job and whatnot? Of course not, but that doesn't stop the fact that some people who were no better had put their careers on the line doing the accusation when doing the accusation was putting them in just as much risk getting caught or called out for it.
This isn't about giving higher-ups the benefit of the doubt or criticising believing the victims/accusers. I'm pointing out the dangers of believing blindly, without hearing both sides of the story, when doing so is dangerous for both the accuser and the accused. On either side, whoever is innocent is in danger of not just being ostracised by the community and possibly getting imprisoned, but possibly being targeted as well, whether it'd be by bigger subjects like companies or even normal people believing the person to be dangerous. Which makes it all the more important for the truth to be found, because an innocent's life is in danger of being destroyed regardless of whether they are the accuser or the accused. And it certainly doesn't help when the fame/wealth/power chain is involved.
That stuff aside, I just really hope the Ubisoft investigation is taken seriously and hopefully it does good for the victims of their work environment. Or at least, I'm hoping their situation never turns as sour like with Activision/Blizzard.