The studio behind Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human, has been accused of awful allegations. According to three separate French outlets, Quantic Dream has participated in inappropriate behavior toward workers, as well as provided an environment of overworking staff and a “schoolboy culture” that allows racism, sexism, and homophobia. The three French outlets that have accused Quantic Dream of these allegations are Le Monde, Canard PC, and Mediapart, to which, Quantic Dream has refuted all of them.
Who Stands Accused?
At the forefront of these allegations are the studio head David Cage and executive producer Guillaume de Fondaumiere. First of all, David Cage is accused of overworking his staff members by making them stay long hours and refusing to listen to all of their concerns. A former employee has stated that Cage sees his workplace has a safe-haven where he can enjoy his privacy and he can “say whatever he wants, it’s his place.”
Among those allegations, Cage has been accused of having an inappropriate tone towards his female employees by telling dirty jokes, smutty remarks “in the presence of his wife,” and “inappropriate remarks” about female actors in his games. According to former employees, Cage has used a set of homophobic and racist remarks. Once, while watching a burglary on CCTV, Cage asked a Tunisian worker if the thief was a relative.
However, de Fondaumiere stands accused of a different set of allegations. The French custom when greeting others is to air-kiss. De Fondaumiere is accused of making more contact than is considered appropriate during greetings with employees. In addition, he is also accused of being inappropriate with the staff during parties and other events.
Furthermore, the allegations continue with rumors that there are around 600 controversial photos, that have been altered in Photoshop. The images apparently depict Quantic Dream’s collaborators in a variety of different ways, displaying them in “sexual positions” and adding “homophobic or sexist slurs”. The photos are said to have been sent through group emails that belong to members of the staff.
Cage and de Fondaumiere Deny Allegations
In conclusion, Cage and de Fondaumiere both deny these allegations. Also, Cage claims that he had never seen the negative images until the point of his accusations. Both men claim that the allegations against their behavior are all false. De Fondaumiere says that he didn’t participate in no such behavior at any staff events. Cage has said that the allegations against him are “ridiculous, absurd, and grotesque,” defending himself. Cage uses his link with the LGBT community and works with activists Ellen Page and Jesse Williams as an alibi. Upon these accusations, Quantic Dream has issued a statement on Twitter, denying all allegations.
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