Quantic Dream Studio Denies Allegations of Toxic Work Environment and Harassment

Different reports accused the company of racism, se*ual harassment and toxic work environment.

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Today, the industry and in particular Quantic Dream awoke with controversial news, as 3 reports from French media pointed to the company responsible for Detroit: Become Human and its bosses for the work environment they maintain and reported signs of racism, se*ism and work culture negative.

The controversy that now surrounds Quantic Dream began with 3 reports from Le Monde, Canard PC and Mediapart, which pointed out that the company’s working environment is far from being the best and racist and sexist acts have taken place there.

According to the reports, David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, is noted for his hostile treatment of workers and as a boss who subjects his employees to strenuous working hours and does not accept any opinion, has earned him nicknames such as “Papa”, “God” and “Sun King”.

At the same time, Cage and the executive producer of Quantic Dream, Guillaume de Fondaumière, are singled out for promoting a racist and se*ist work environment; Canard PC in which are assemblies of the workers of the company in se*ual positions and with offensive jokes towards ho*os*xual preferences. The report also details that there are assemblies of workers with symbols and Na*i paraphernalia and all the material was shared internally in the couriers of Quantic Dream workers, including Cage and Fondaumière.

Moments after the scandal broke into different media, David Cage responded by defining the statements as “ridiculous, absurd and grotesque.” He also gave the following statement: “You want to talk about ho*ophobia?. I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about ra*ism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA… Judge me by my work.” For his part, Guillaume de Fondaumière denied the accusations and assured that it is false information.

Finally, a few hours ago Quantic Dream published a statement on the situation that states the following: “Articles published today level various allegations against Quantic Dream, its management and employees. Quantic Dream filed a complaint several months ago and further complaints will follow. We invite interested parties to read the response of our Employee Representative and Health & Security Committee to questions submitted by the journalists prior to publication. Inappropriate conduct or practices have no place at Quantic Dream. We have taken and always will take such grievances very seriously. We value every single person who works at Quantic Dream. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making video games.”

Quantic Dream has been responsible for the development of Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and they are currently working on Detroit: Become Human for PS4.

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  • it is well known, all the companies with strict deadlines and release dates, at the beginning people stay ‘just one little more hour’, because they love their job, are motivated, etc etc. and suddenly, they realize they must work 1 extra hour from monday to friday, in order to finish their work. 1 month later, they need to stay 2 hours at work. and three. and four. ‘ohh, if i could work on saturdays, i could do some extra stuff’. then the next step is ‘if i take this with me, i could do some extra work, at home, between 9 and 11.30pm. and then, ‘ohh, maybe i should start working at 7am, instead of 8.30am. and when you realize, you are working 5 or 6 extra hours, each day, and you only get paid for 1 or 2 hours. and 3 or 4 months before release, everybody look like a zombie, too many nights only sleeping 3 or 4 hours.
    and the more you do, the more we ask you ‘are you sure you can finish that full scene for next Wednesday ? but OF COURSE, no problem, you can count on me’….

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