A former employee of Quantic Dream has been awarded over €7,000 as a photoshopped image of them doing a nazi salute was distributed around the developer’s office.
According to French newspaper Le Monde the studio remained “passive” as photoshopped images that were “homophobic, misogynistic, racist, or deeply vulgar” were circulated around the office.
“By remaining passive in the face of this more than questionable practice, which can not be justified by the ‘humorous “spirit prevailing in society’, the employer has committed a breach of the obligation of security [vis-à-vis its employees], ” judged and industrial tribunal.
The claimant was trying to get an unfair dismissal plea but the tribunal found that circulation of the images had ceased after the complaint and the creator had been given a warning. Quantic Dream are not contesting the result “since it dismisses the plaintiff from his main claims, as was the case in three previous related judgements”.
Multiple images said to originate from the Quantic Dream office were uncovered by Canard PC including employee’s faces photoshopped on to people holding sex toys and another employee turned in to Hitler. There were also accusations of sexual harassment and homophobia.
Quantic Dream recently parted ways with Sony and became a multi-platform developer. The reveal coincided with the news that Chinese company NetEase purchased a minority stake in the company.
“This investment will allow us to invest in future technologies and games in order to prepare for the next generation of platforms, with the same ambition regarding creativity and innovation,” explained David Cage. “Our goal is to develop our studio as a global, multi-franchise company, while remaining an independent studio. We want to keep developing original games in the genre we pioneered, but also expand our audience by being present on all platforms.”
They are also planning to become a publisher.
Source: Le Monde