Quantic Dream issues statement on toxic workplace court case

Quantic Dream issues statement on toxic workplace court case

The developer is declaring victory after three years of legal back-and-forth.

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(Image credit: David Cage)

In 2018, French ᴘʀᴇss ᴏᴜᴛʟᴇᴛs Cᴀɴard PC, Le Mᴏɴde, ᴀɴd Mediapᴀʀᴛ publɪsʜᴇd ᴀʀᴛicles ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ tʜᴇ wᴏʀk culture ᴏꜰ Quᴀɴtic Dream—tʜᴇ studio respᴏɴsible ꜰᴏʀ ɢᴀᴍᴇs ʟɪᴋᴇ Fahrenʜᴇɪᴛ, Beyᴏɴd: Two Souls, Detroɪᴛ: Beᴄᴏᴍᴇ Humᴀɴ, ᴀɴd Heavy Raɪɴ. Accᴏʀdɪɴg ᴛᴏ Cᴀɴard PC's ɪɴvestigᴀᴛiᴏɴ (lɪɴk ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴs NSFW imᴀɢᴇs), Quᴀɴtic Dream employees ᴡᴇre sᴜʙᴊᴇᴄᴛ ᴛᴏ a "ʟᴏɴɢ cʀᴜɴch pᴀᴛtern" ᴏɴ ᴇᴀᴄʜ ɢᴀᴍᴇ, ᴀɴd ᴏɴe mᴀɴᴀɢᴇr creᴀᴛed ᴀɴd shᴀʀᴇd "600 pʜᴏᴛomᴏɴtᴀɢᴇs ᴏꜰ dubioᴜs tᴀste" feᴀᴛurɪɴg tʜᴇ ꜰᴀᴄᴇs ᴏꜰ staff edɪᴛed ɪɴᴛᴏ tʜᴇ boᴅɪᴇs ᴏꜰ otʜᴇrs, ɪɴcludɪɴg pᴏʀn sᴛᴀʀs ᴀɴd a Nazi—harᴀssᴍᴇnt thᴀᴛ ʟᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ depᴀʀᴛure ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ enᴛɪʀᴇ IT depᴀʀᴛᴍᴇnt ᴀɴd a cᴏᴜʀt cᴀse ʙᴇɪɴg ʙʀᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ᴀɢᴀɪɴst tʜᴇ studio.

After years of rulings and appeals, on April 7 the Paris Court of Appeals issued a decision in Quantic Dream's favor. Quantic Dream published a statement declaring this final proof of "The absence of a 'toxic atmosphere' or any kind of discrimination in the studio", and that this was backed up by statements made by Staff Representatives. It also declared that there had been "numerous inspections by government services in recent years", which failed to find "irregularities in the management of the company and/or its contracts".

The statement also claims the testimonies of employees and ex-employees who denied the accusations "were violently attacked by people acting under false identities" as part of an organized campaign. "More than 10,000 tweets were sent in a few days by a single account on Twitter, with the aim of getting the allegations against the company to the top of the search engines. There is evidence that a very small number of people are behind these actions, which are aimed at deliberately tarnishing the studio's image and damaging its team."

French union Solidaires Informatique recently issued a press release of its own addressing statements made by Quantic Dream founder David Cage in an interview with IGN. Discussing the opening of a new branch based in Montreal, Cage declared, "all allegations about our studio have been indisputably proven wrong", which Solidaires Informatique disputed, describing it as part of an effort by Quantic Dream "to get its public image under control" and a pattern of "silencing all dissident voices."

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