Quantic Dream responds to allegations of it being a toxic workplace. Several separate reports published by French media allege that the French developer maintains a toxic workplace of homophobia, racism, and sexual misconduct.
Quantic Dream is the developer behind games such as Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and the upcoming PS4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human.
Quantic Dream Under Investigation for Harassment and Discrimination
In three separate reports published by Le Monde, Canard PC, and Mediapart (translated by Eurogamer) former employees allege that Quantic Dream’s workplace is one of toxicity, harassment, and discrimination. In early 2017, an IT manager discovered over 600 offensive images which had been photoshopped to include photos of employees. Some of the images dated back to 2013.
Founder David Cage and general manager Guillaume Fondaumiére were reportedly aware of the images that “were funny or more or less amusing” but had not seen the “worst” images until the 2017 discovery.
Cage is also accused of making offensive remarks and in one case, when the developer was watching footage of a robbery, Cage asked a Tunisian employee “Is this a cousin of yours?” Cage is also said to have made other “grievous jokes” and is said to have had a “lack of consideration for female coworkers.” It is alleged that Cage made inappropriate remarks about female actors in the studio’s games.
— Quantic Dream (@QUANTIC_DREAM) January 14, 2018
In response to the allegations, Cage tells Le Monde that “You want to talk homophobia? We work with Ellen Page who is fighting for LGBT right. You want to talk racism? We are working with Jesse Williams on civil rights in the USA. Judge my work.”
In a follow-up statement posted to the Quantic Dream Twitter account the developer “categorically” denies the allegations. The studio says that it takes “such grievances very seriously” and that “Inappropriate conduct or practices have no place at Quantic Dream.” The studio also says that it is important to “maintain[s] a safe environment.”
According to Le Monde, a preliminary investigation into the alleged harassment and discrimination at Quantic Dream has now been opened by the office of Paris’ public prosecutor. It is unclear when the results of that investigation may be made public.
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