The French video game developer behind Detroit: Become Human finds itself faced with allegations of workplace harassment and tolerating racist and sexist behavior. Studio founder, David Cage is specifically named in the reports outlined by three different French publications. Cage vociferously disputes the allegations first published by Le Monde, the Parisian newspaper of record.
Cage is on record calling the claims “ridiculous, absurd and grotesque.” To further state his case, he combated specific allegations of homophobia by citing his previous work with Ellen Page, an American actress and LGBT activist who in 2014 came out publically. Page was the star of Quantic Dream’s 2013 title: Beyond: Two Souls.
To contest charges of racism, Cage next pointed to his work with Jesse Williams, who, in addition to his role in Detroit: Become Human, continues to fight for civil rights in the United States.
Also named in the reports is executive producer Guillaume de Fondaumière, who is accused of sexual misconduct. De Fondaumière decries the allegations as “absolutely false,” stating “On no evening did any of this happen.”
Since 2015, Quantic Dream has seen a large turnover in its staff with reasons cited by previous employees ranging from long hours to pay irregularities.
Below, is the official statement from Quantic Dream.
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 importance to us that we maintain a safe environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making video games.
Detroit: Become Human is slated for release later this year.