- The heads of PlayStation-focused French development studio Quantic Dream, David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, have been accused of fostering an unhealthy environment by three separate reports in the media.
- Quantic Dream immediately took distance from the reports, denying the allegations.
- The studio has now released a new statement, in which it remarks its position, to “defend the reputation of our studio and to save the jobs.”
French development studio Quantic Dream has released a new official statement on Tuesday, in which it reiterates its position against previous allegations made against them in the French press, Eurogamer first reported.
Last month, some French media outlet – most notably Le Monde, one of the two biggest national newspapers – published reports in which they depicted an unhealthy studio culture, specifically pointing out the seemingly inappropriate behaviour of Quantic Dream headsDavid Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière.
Cage and de Fondaumière were accused of misconduct, overworking staff, and turning a blind eye to a juvenile culture involving sexist and racist jokes. They also allegedly circulated an email chain containing some 600 pictures with homophobic, sexual slurs and even Nazi-inspired imagery.
The original Twitter post with the new statement is written in French, but an English translation, corroborated by Eurogamer, has appeared on gaming message board ResetEra.
Communiqué du 06.02.2018 pic.twitter.com/UEo4VT0mpe
— Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream) February 6, 2018
In the statement, Quantic Dream said the studio “has been the subject of a veritable smear campaign by a few media outlets, based on slanderous remarks whose reliability and origin of the sources raise questions.”
“We again categorically refute the allegations made against the studio, its employees, and its managers,” the post reads. “We hope these unfounded attacks and the resulting spread of inaccurate information will finally stop to protect our employees.”
In addition to that, the developer of triple-A PlayStation games such as “Heavy Rain,” “Beyond: Two Souls,” and the forthcoming, much-anticipated “Detroit: Become Human” mentions that “two employees who brought claims to an industry tribunal had their claims dismissed in a judgement on January 19,” and that “a third judgement on the case is in dispute.”
Here’s the translated statement, as appeared on ResetEra:
“Since January 14, 2018, Quantic Dream has been the subject of a veritable smear campaign by a few media outlets, based on slanderous remarks whose reliability and origin of the sources raise questions.
We categorically refute the allegations against the studio, its employees, its leaders. We hope that these unfounded attacks and the propagation of completely erroneous information resulting from it will cease in order to protect our employees.
We reiterate that, to date, we have not heard of any complaints about of “harassment and discrimination.”
We confirm that two employees who entered the Industrial Court in 2017 were dismissed of all their claims by judgment on 19.01.2018 and that a third judgment in this case is in dispute.
Several other legal actions are also underway to defend the reputation of our studio and to save the jobs of a French SME in the forefront of its field. We are confident in justice and hope that it can be decided quickly, in a calm and peaceful atmoshpere.”