Ubisoft, one of the world’s leading video game publishers, is currently embroiled in a legal battle over the control of the company that is providing fans insight into the inner workings of one of its most beloved franchises, ‘Assassin’s Creed’. Recently, The Indian Express has detailed the battle that is taking place between the founding Guillemot Family and majority shareholders Vivendi, who are attempting to seize control of the company.
At the heart of the issue lies the decision to appoint the CEO of Ubisoft; the majority of shareholding owners have been pushing for such a decision in an effort to wrest control away from the founding family. The Guillemot family, who own over 16% of Ubisoft, have staunchly defended their right to remain at the helm of the company, which they founded over 30 years ago.
The battle to secure control of the company has been playing out in court, with the Guillemot family appealing to the French courts to uphold their rights as majority shareholders. The family has argued that the French government should intervene on their behalf, as the right to appoint its own leaders is a right that French companies are generally granted by law.
This battle has been significant to fans of the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ franchise, which first debuted in 2007 and explores an alternate history of stealth-based assassinations throughout various time periods. Fans of the franchise have long admired the work of the Guillemot family, and the ability of the company to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in gaming.
The outcome of this legal battle will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ franchise, in addition to the future of Ubisoft itself. The battle for control of the company is a reminder for fans of the franchise to rally around the Guillemot family, and for all parties to reach a fair outcome that recognizes their right to control the franchise they founded.
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