More Like Quantic Nightmare
In further news concerning the gaming industry being utter garbage, it seems the case continues after Sony has now allegedly blacklisted journalist William Audreau with Le Monde.
For those who don’t know, Audureau was the one that broke the story on unhealthy practices going on at French studio Quantic Dream, developers of game titles such as Heavy Rain and upcoming Detroit: Become Human.
Even though this is not the first time Sony has blacklisted media outlets before (GameKult received similar treatment for giving Heavy Rain a 6/10 review back in 2010) it begs the question of how these companies can seek to so harshly protect their images at the expense of employees’ well being.
The allegations behind Quantic Dream are still forthcoming, but currently three French media outlets have reported the studio maintains a culture that steeps itself in racism and sexism. Naturally David Cage has rejected these claims and may be seeking legal recourse in the wake of these accusations.
The reports, put forth by anonymous employees, claim that both Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumiere (Quantic Dream’s EP) promote a racist and sexist work environment. Assemblies have been known to place workers in less than comfortable positions, and homophobic jokes are not an uncommon occurrence either. Other reports have stated that assemblies have featured workers wearing Nazi paraphernalia.
Cage’s initial reactions were to state that, having worked with actors like Ellen Page and Jesse WIlliams, his willingness to work with both LGBT and Civil Rights activists are commendable and therefore mean he’s not any of these things people are claiming him to be; essentially, pulling the “I’m not racist, I have a black friend” argument.
Quantic Dream has published the following statement in response to these allegations.
— Quantic Dream (@QUANTIC_DREAM) January 14, 2018
“Articles published today level various allegations against Quantic Dream, its management and employees. Quantic Dream filed a complaint several months ago and further complaints will follow. We invite interested parties to read the response of our Employee Representative 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.”
It seems that people other than Audureau will have to follow up on these claims though.