Quantic Dream Condemned by French Court for Failing to Meet Security Obligation

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In the fallout of last year’s reports on Quantic Dream’s working conditions, one condemnation has already been filed. A statement today from the studio behind Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human confirmed it would be compensating an ex-employee for €5000, alongside €2000 in costs, over a breach of “security obligations.”

According to the statement and French press (via ResetEra), the Labor Court of Paris ruled that Quantic Dream should have anticipated internal images mocking the ex-employee getting out of control. The former employee had filed against Quantic Dream for compensation and damages as an unfair dismissal, citing the NSFW images made by colleagues mocking them.

Several outlets, including Le Monde and Mediapart, reported on toxic workplace conditions at Quantic Dream in early 2018. Speaking with multiple employees, both current (at the time) and former, they reported that there were internal Photoshopped images dating back as far as 2013 that degraded Quantic Dream’s collaborators, and that management was, at the very least, passive in attitude toward their existence in the office.

Studio executives David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière denied these allegations at the time. Quantic Dream also sued those two outlets for their reports, though it didn’t file suit against a third outlet, Canard PC, which also reported on the studio’s atmosphere.

In response to the ex-employee’s ruling, handed down Nov. 21, Quantic Dream shared the ruling in full and says it will not appeal the decision.

Several major studios, like League of Legends developer Riot Games, have faced scrutiny over the last couple years for working conditions and atmosphere in its respective studios. No further decision has been made public about Quantic Dream’s suit against the media outlets reporting on them.

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