Quantic Dream, the developers of several PlayStation exclusive titles such as Heavy Rain and more recently, Detroit: Become Human, has lost a court case against an ex-employee of the studio.
The case itself revolves around vulgar and inappropriate photoshopped images (NSFW) of Quantic employees which got circulated around the office. The doctored images featured the faces of various staff photoshopped on to Nazi imagery, naked porn stars and other unsavoury imagery.
The court case filed against Quantic Dream accused studio heads’ David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière of allowing the insemination of the offensive photography and even, tendencies to overwork the staff.
David Cage commented on the matter stating he was “shocked” by the allegations around him and his studio. A statement made on Twitter, through Quantic Dream’s account stated the company felt as though they were being branded, and that the claims were slanderous and part of a smear campaign.
Guillaume de Fondaumière also commented on the allegations through Twitter, which Eurogamer translated:
“Articles published today level various allegations against Quantic Dream, its management and employees.”We categorically deny all of these allegations. Quantic Dream filed a complaint several months ago and further complaints will follow.
“We invite interested parties to read the responses of our Employee Representatives 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 important to us that we maintain a safe environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making video games.”
To make matters worse, Kotaku managed to dig up additional information regarding the case, finding evidence that suggested Quantic Dream had quietly attempted to sue three French publications that originally ran with the story.
The court ruling outlined through several tweets via Nicolas Turcev, a journalist working for Gamekult can be read here. The court’s ruling favoured the ex-employee who originally had terminated his contract with the studio, before pleading their case to the courts as the victim — Fortunately, the risky move paid off, as the court’s ruled in the favour of the former employee.
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