Quantic Dream Studio Denies Allegations of Toxic Work Environment and Harassment
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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