One of the team’s (who recently released Detroit: Become Human) former employee has left Quantic Dream due to the toxic working environment.
A few months ago, we also wrote about how there is (apparently) a toxic environment within the studio, which was quickly denied by Quantic Dream. The former employee, who filed a lawsuit against the French dev team, has left after there were Photoshopped images distributed internally about the employees. The French media (Le Monde, Canard PC, and Mediapart) has investigated the situation, and it accused the two heads of the studio (namely David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière) because, according to three sites, they turned a blind eye to these images, had inappropriate behaviour, and they also overworked the employees. Quantic Dream has filed a lawsuit against the media, but that case hasn’t ended yet.
Nicolas Turcev, who works for Gamekult, reported on Twitter (and Eurogamer also wrote about the case) that the ex-employee’s case was risky. They submitted the notice of termination while considering themselves the victim – it meant they forfeited salary and employment rights, but they could petition for unfair dismissal. Still, the French court has decided in favour of the former employee – Quantic Dream won two other cases against other ex-workers, though. (One of them has been appealed.)
Not even Quantic Dream is immune to the French law – and if one former employee won a case, others might be in a good situation as well if they are facing Cage’s team in court.
.@Quantic_Dream vient de perdre un procès aux prud’hommes contre l’un des salariés au cœur de l’affaire des photomontages du début d’année. La prise d’acte du rupture de contrat de travail a été requalifiée en licenciement sans cause réelle et sérieuse. Le studio peut faire appel
— Nicolas Turcev (@DocElincia) July 26, 2018