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Detroit: Become Human dev found guilty of toxicity in workplace

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Detroit: Become Human

Quantic Dream, the developer of almost-games like Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human have lost a court case against their former employee, who has accused Cage and Co of toxicity and unfair dismissal from the company.

We've actually briefly glossed over this back in April 2018. Unfortunately, Quantic Dream's legal horrors are a confusing affair and with just about everybody suing just about everyone, at the time we decided to focus solely on what Detroit: Become Human was about.

Unfortunately, the whole ordeal blew up even more so let's try to untangle it. Basically, Quantic Dream have lost a labour court case against one of their former employees who came after them. It's still not too bad for Cage and Co, because of three lawsuits aimed against them over wrongful contract termination, two have been dismissed.

All of this can be traced back to January 2018, when French publications Mediapart, Le Monde and Canard PC published reports on how homophobia, racism and sexism run rampant in Quantic Dream. The reports were accompanied by a bunch of crudely photoshopped and inappropriate images, which were provided by Quantic's former employees.

The company's reaction was fierce and Quantic Dream actually filed a lawsuit against the aforementioned publications for slander. The dev is adamant that their name is being dragged through the mud by a few agenda-driven individuals, with further fuel on the fire added by interested parties.

Cage himself going on record to explain that if he had been sexist or racist, he'd have never worked with Ellen Page, who is an LGBT spokesperson, or Jesse Williams, both of whom were heavily featured in his games. Even though I'm not a big fan of tooting own horn, once you remove the sleaziness of using these people as crutches to portray your own character, the man is probably right.

Quantic DreamQuantic Dream's reply to legal action against them in January 2018Quantic Dream, twitter statement from January 2018

Back in January, Quantic Dream issued a statement on twitter, insisting that the company prides itself on equal treatment and healthy workplace practices. Of course, we're likely to hear much more about this as this legalception continues, so stay tuned.