It has been reported that gaming developer and publisher Ubisoft will provide support for their staff in Ukraine in this tumultuous time. They will be hoping to aid their staff with alternate housing additional funds so employees can travel and relocate safely. If needed, they plan to provide early salary payments following this invasion by neighboring Russia.
Ubisoft has spoken out and said the safety and wellbeing of its Ukrainian team are of primary concern. The gaming dev currently has two studios in Ukraine. One is located in the capital, and the other is in Odesa. Even though earlier in the week, EuroGamer reported that Ubisoft didn’t have any more details to share about the evolving situation, it has now emerged that Ubisoft will provide support for its staff in Ukraine.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) February 25, 2022
How Ubisoft plans to support their staff in Ukraine
A spokesperson from Ubisoft had this to say when speaking to The Loadout, “At Ubisoft, our hearts are with our teams across Ukraine, and we are providing our staff with as much support and assistance as they need, as they try to navigate through this difficult time.” They went on to say, “The safety and wellbeing of our teams and their families is our primary concern, and we at Ubisoft are fully behind supporting them with whatever they need.”
Ubisoft will provide housing in neighboring countries where teams and their families can take shelter if they wish to and can do so. Ubisoft providing support for their staff like this is a wonderful gesture. It shows how much they value their staff and are willing to help them during this terrible time. Video game developers based in Ukraine have made statements about the ongoing invasion of their country, with Ukraine being the home of S.T.A.L.K.E.R developer GSC Game World, The Sinking City dev Frogwares and Suvarium maker Vostok Games, among others.
It was only recently that Ubisoft had to call off its plans to hold a major Rainbow Six Siege tournament in the UAE, following a very vocal backlash by fans regarding the country’s human rights record. Decisions such as these show that Ubisoft is beginning to make the correct and the best ethical decisions they can.