Quantic Dream studio shaken by accusations of fostering an unhealthy work environment
Some shocking accusations against Quantic Dream, the developer of Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, have come forward and cast a cloud over the studio. Three French news reports cite former employees who say the studio has an extremely unhealthy work environment.
These former employees allege that studio head, David Cage, behaves inappropriately with his staff and enabled a sexist and racist culture in the work place. Not to mention allegations of 90 hour work weeks.
Cage is accused of making lewd jokes around female employees and was nick named (sarcastically) “Papa”, “God”, and “Sun King,” by his employees due to how he worked staff long hours while never listening to what they had to say. Cage is also accused of making homophobic and racist jokes often.
For what its worth David Cage denied these reports today, saying they were “ridiculous, absurd and grotesque.” Cage had this to say:
You want to talk about homophobia?” he said. “I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA… Judge me by my work.
Sounds like Cage is going with the “I can’t make people uncomfortable I have (insert minority group) friends!”
Quantic Dream co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumière is also accused of harassing employees sexually by hitting on them and trying to kiss them at parties. He also denies these reports but in much less words than David Cage.
Detroit: Become Human is supposed to release on PS4 this spring and I’m sure this new controversy won’t bode well for the studio. 90 hour work weeks may be “part of the industry” to many but that alone seems worthy of criticism for the studio. The reported behaviors of Cave and Guillaume, if true, certainly make it hard to buy any of the studio’s products for me personally. We will follow up as this story develops.