French Ubisoft Workers On Strike For Better Salary

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Ubisoft Workers in France Go on Strike for Better Salaries

Employees of Ubisoft based in France have initiated a strike today, protesting against “inadequate wages” following unsuccessful negotiations with union organizations, such as the STJV (Syndicat des Travailleurs du Jeu Vidéo), in recent weeks.


The French gaming workers union, STJV, announced the strike earlier this month. In their post, they revealed that management had proposed a budget for wage increases below inflation for the second consecutive year. STJV strongly condemned this decision, stating that “a company that forces its employees to bear the burden of increasing profits is unacceptable.”

Strike Details and Ubisoft’s Response

STJV has organized strike pickets at the Annecy, Montpellier, and Paris Ubisoft studios. Additionally, they have highlighted that Ubisoft continues to generate profits and could potentially increase wages for its employees. Last week’s financial report revealed that the company has two major releases on the horizon, Assassin’s Creed: Codename Red and Star Wars Outlaws.

Industry Struggles and Controversial Decisions

Unfortunately, mass layoffs have been a widespread issue in the gaming industry. Ubisoft isn’t the only company grappling with employee dissatisfaction. Last month, Insider Gaming reported on a significant round of layoffs within Ubisoft.

Pricing and Subscription Debates

Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, had to address the controversy surrounding Skull and Bones’ $70 price point during a recent conference call. He defended the decision by stating that “it’s a very big game, and we feel that people will really see how vast and complete that game is.”

Subscription Model Controversy

Ubisoft also faced backlash in January when its Director of Subscriptions, Philippe Tremblay, made remarks about “feeling comfortable with not owning your game.”

Future Developments and Insider Gaming Coverage

As the workers’ strike progresses, it is crucial for negotiations to resume as soon as possible. For more updates on the latest Insider Gaming news, stay tuned for Dead Island 2’s delayed release in late April.

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