Ubisoft temporarily suspended Belan from work on June 27, and in the evening of July 3, he confirmed that he had finally left the post of vice president. The top manager was dismissed following an internal audit of allegations of sexual harassment – at least three such complaints have been received by Maxim Belan.
Belan was one of the founders of Ubisoft Toronto and worked not only on the Splinter Cell series, but also Far Cry – he was the creative director of the fourth and fifth parts, as well as the Primal spin-off.
In early 2019, Belan moved from Ubisoft to Epic Games, where Fortnite worked. But already in January 2020, he returned to Ubisoft, took the post of vice president of the company and headed the development department.
Accusations of harassment against top managers of Ubisoft, as well as employees of other game development studios, began to arrive en masse in late June. After that, Ubisoft began to check complaints about another company vice president, Tommy Francois, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail stopped working on the game due to charges of adultery.