Quantic Dream, developer of Detroit: Become Human, Beyond Two Souls, and Heavy Rain, has been found guilty of breaching security obligations to its employees due to “passivity” towards its problematic work culture (via Resetera).
The company had been accused of creating a space wherein “homophobic, misogynistic, racist, or deeply vulgar” images of collaborators and employees could be shared without repercussions. Quantic Dream denied these claims and stated that “inappropriate conduct or practices have no place” in the studio, levying a defamation lawsuit against the media outlets who ran the report. “You want to talk about homophobia? I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights,” said David Cage, founder of Quantic Dream. “You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA… Judge me by my work.”
On November 21, the Conseil de Prud’hommes determined that Quantic Dream is guilty of “violating security obligations” to its employees in letting this sort of toxic culture pervade its work spaces. The company must pay €5,000 in indemnities and €2,000 in legal funds to a former IT manager who was portrayed performing a Nazi salute in one of the images. The images “cannot be justified by the ‘humorous’ spirit prevailing in society”, and Quantic Dream recognises the court’s decision and will not appeal the ruling.