When we talk about game companies that are somehow toxic or awful, we’re usually referencing the ol’ reliable: Riot Games and their sexual harassment issues, Bioware (or EA, or NetherRealm, or Rockstar, or CD Projekt Red, etc…) and their crunch and overwork, Activision-Blizzard and their crappy monetization practices, overpaid CEOs, and casual disregard for their talent… but one of the studios frequently off that list is Quantic Dream, largely because the allegations and claims that come from that studio are a bit more… dubious.
See, ages and ages ago, several former Quantic Dream employees went forward and claimed that the studio had a terribly sexist and toxic workplace environment that led to people getting picked on, sexual images being shared and spread, and other nasty similar claims. Damning words, but they were offset slightly by the fact that other anonymous sources within the company claimed many of those claims weren’t true, and the people who were making them, and that many of the people who made the claims left the company in less-than-friendly ways.
So while it’s easy to believe David Cage (who, as a reminder, sucks) fosters a terrible work environment, it’s hard to know for sure. Which is why a game developer union initiative called Game Workers Unite joined with French union Solidaires Informatique to encourage Quantic Dream employees to come forward with testimony about working conditions at Quantic Dream and to really clear the air about what it’s actually like to work for them.
Quantic Dream responded with an image on Twitter that basically said they take these matters seriously and they are unaware of any cases of harassment or toxicity within the company, and they are committed to creating an open and respective atmosphere.
As much as I don’t like Quantic Dream, I’m hoping nothing comes from this. It’d be lovely if the studio was known just for making their players miserable, and not their employees, too.