Weekly Round-Up

Farmville is Leaving Facebook After a Decade of Success

Announced on Monday, at the end of the year Zygna is closing down FarmVille on Facebook.

The developer stated that the game is shutting down because of Adobe not supporting Flash after December 31st, 2019, which Farmville is running on so after the date it won’t be able to get updated or supported.

“We’re aware that many of you have been with us since the very beginning, helping to build an incredible global community of players over the years who’ve enjoyed this game just as much as we have,” Zynga said in a blog post. “For that we say thank you.”

In-app purchases are available until November 17 and Zygna will hold special events until the closing day.

Zynga has seen commercial success with FarmVille since 2009 with it’s highest peak being 83.76 million users. The successor FarmVille 2 will still be available on iOS, Android and Windows.

Ubisoft Reveals Large Number of Employees Experienced Harassments

Yves Guillermont, CEO of Ubisoft, is still addressing the sexual harassments allegations within the company and gave an update on what they discovered and their steps to moving forward.

Yves shared an letter of an anonymous, third-party survey fielding about 14,000 employees revealed about 25% witnessed or experienced workplace misconduct within the last two years. 30% more women were harassed more than men, 43% of non-binary people were harassed by men and 66% said they actually received managerial support.

To address these concerns the letter explains several stops the company is taking. Focusing more on diversity by hiring a new Head of Diversity and Inclusion role, revising the of conduct and targeting to staff at least 25% women to name a few.

Also Ubisoft stated they would focus more on diversity and representation after the wave of BLM protests this summer as well as the workplace misconduct.

These changes and additional hiring’s are good steps forward to a safer workplace but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of zero tolerance policy. Yves claims he wasn’t aware of the toxicity of the company he ran nor the people closes to him created it but credit is deserved because Ubisoft is one of the fewest, if not the only, company that is giving updates on their restructure.

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