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Quantic Dream has been condemned by French Court over still ongoing cases of employees harassments & toxic working conditions

Oct 25, 2017
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Contexts of those cases can be found here:

On November 21st, the Prud'hommes Court has found Quantic Dream guilty of violating security obligations by not reacting quickly enough to the ongoing harassment and toxic working conditions against its employees, and in particular its former IT manager which is the one bringing the case in front of the courts. The court has condemned the french studio to pay 5000€ of indemnities to the former IT manager as well as 2000€ of legal allowances.

The cases are not done yet though as this same IT manager appealed concerning another humiliating photomontage which has not been considered in this first condemnation. Quantic Dream, on the other hand, pressed charges back against its former IT manager claiming that he stole internal data before resigning from the company. Note that Quantic Dream also filed a defamation claim against Mediapart and LeMonde, two newspaper which first broke the news over a year ago.

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mazi

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Oct 27, 2017
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some the reactions to this news when it first broke out and the amount of people who dismissed it and accused the publications of making things up, just cuz they were blindly defending a game developer, still disgusts me.
 

IDreamOfHime

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Oct 27, 2017
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some the reactions to this news when it first broke out and the amount of people who dismissed it and accused the publications of making things up, just cuz they were blindly defending a game developer, still disgusts me.
Wonder if them not being an exclusive studio anymore will change some of those views....
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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some the reactions to this news when it first broke out and the amount of people who dismissed it and accused the publications of making things up, just cuz they were blindly defending a game developer still disgusts me.
Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
 

Yuntu

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Nov 7, 2019
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Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
That legal to do?
 

mazi

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Oct 27, 2017
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Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
smh, but not surprised in the slightest.
 

Maxime

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Oct 27, 2017
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Also worth pointing the trial for QD vs Le Monde & Mediapart (QD sued both outlets after they broke the story and threatened others if they covered the issue) is set for December 5th. Though there is a big national strike this day so it might be postponed.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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they only had to pay 7k? was anyone fired over this?

also if i recall correctly, didn’t sony also try to push this under the rug? didn’t they do an investigation of their own or was that only naughty dog?
 
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Naga

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Aug 29, 2019
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Nice.
Well deserved considering all the info that came out about this, and multiple cases are still open too.
 

nillansan

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Oct 25, 2017
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Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
Tim Soret, the bigot that's the lead dev on The Last Night, was also a part of this defence force, which isn't surprising since he is making a game catering to Gamergaters.
 

Mystic

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Oct 25, 2017
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I love QD games, but when ethe news first broke about all this I decided to boycott Detroit Become Human. That boycott continues to this day.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
I remember him. Wasn't he the mastermind behind Seasons of Heaven? You know, that oh so real first ever shown off NX game not ever seen again?
 

Marmoka

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm really glad Sony is no more funding their games. It's the best they could have done.

Screw QD. Never ever buy their games until things drastically change in this company.
 

Mass_Pincup

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Oct 25, 2017
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Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
Chieze is so trash, It’s sad that he still has any kind of influence inside the French gaming industry.
 

Dragon1893

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Oct 25, 2017
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Seem to recall she was pissed when she found out that Cage did a shower scene of her without her knowledge (which admittedly is creepy as hell) even as far as to look into a lawsuit about it against them.
Wow, I didn't know about this.
Knowing her work as an activist she must also be pissed about these lawsuits (if she heard about them).
It's a shame that her first gig in the industry happened to be with the wrong people, I doubt she'll do another game which is regrettable since she's great.
 

Morrigan

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Oct 24, 2017
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Here's another interesting fact now that justice has spoken on the matters. When the news broke over a year ago, several french youtubers and "internet personalities" came out defending with all their might the company, explaining to their fans that the whole thing is made up from some former employee holding a grudge against the company. Soon after this defense force started to ramp up, someone leaked a facebook post from Quantic Dream employees asking specific people to make use of their "power to influence opinions".
Amongst the people from that totally unsuspicious defense force is Julien Chieze, an ex-games blogger that often gets quoted here for his "game rumors".
That QD email is incredible. So many dog whistles:
- calls that IT manager an "uptight, frustrated bastard" (note: in French "frustré" means "frustrated" but it's often implied to be "sexually" frustrated, in this context it's obviously the subtext here)
- lists the allegations of sexist and exclusionary behaviour such as the offensive t-shirts, boob mousepads, sharing pin-up photos, etc. as "garbage" and yet, and yet, adds at the end, "dude, ever even visited a video game studio?". Basically, "this didn't happen and this is slanderous, but even if it did it's totally normal duuuude".
- Admits that in a large studio "of course there's gonna be jokes sometimes" but it's nothing that serious and work conditions are more than fine.... adding, and I quote, "presuming that you aren't a rigid psycho 😫 ".

Even disregarding the fact that calling on your influencer friends to mount up a defense on social media is incredibly sketchy, the rest of the email is so damning that it's laughable. "We're totally innocent I swear, only prudish, frigid stuck-up assholes have a problem with our totally not-misogynistic non-toxicity". Can't make this shit up.
 

funky

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Oct 25, 2017
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Seem to recall she was pissed when she found out that Cage did a shower scene of her without her knowledge (which admittedly is creepy as hell) even as far as to look into a lawsuit about it against them.
It wasn't so much the shower scene as it was the fully modeled and textured naked body for her that they made so anyone that used a free camera hack could see a fully nude model in those scenes.

I believe the Sony Email hack revealed that Sony eventually paid her a bunch of money because of it.
 

Nitro

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Nov 2, 2017
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Now that they’re not part of their “team” we won’t be seeing many of the former defenders going to bat for David Cage and his company.
we would be on page 7 or 8 in this thread if that was still the case. now way less people care about this situation.
The reverse is also true. Less people care about this situation after Sony cut ties with Quantic Dream, because there is less justification to exploit the topic to attack Sony. Unless you believe it was only Sony fanboys that propelled the previous threads to 7-8 pages. Even now your main interest in this thread seems to be attacking Sony "defenders", less so the details of the actual case. So just stop.

Apart from that, people have already expressed their opinion at length in previous threads.
 

YukiCT

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Oct 30, 2017
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Very disgusted reading through the series of events. It's the kind of destructive behavior which further validates the stories and unsurprisingly lead to the worst outcome they could have done.
 

ArkhamFantasy

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Oct 25, 2017
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I really liked detroit and was willing to give QD the benefit of the doubt, but the evidence is just overwhelming and its hard to justify supporting them without massive changes and compensation being made.
 

ghostcrew

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Oct 27, 2017
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Let’s not forget Cage’s absolutely ridiculous response to these disgusting allegations.

"You want to talk homophobia? We work with Ellen Page who is fighting for LGBT right. You want to talk racism? We are working with Jesse Williams on civil rights in the USA. Judge my work."
Get out. I won’t judge you by your work. I’ll judge you by the toxic masculinity and racism in your workplace.