You might think that because a group of people get together to make video games that it’s a “perfect place” to work in. But when there are people with different views on things, different desires, and more importantly, different personalities, it’s not that simple. Many video game studios are famous, or infamous, for their fighting amongst co-workers (in the verbal sense), and this conflict can be helpful. But, it can also be very bad for the studio. Such allegations have now been launched against develop Quantic Dream.
This is the studio behind games like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human. According to Eurogamer, the studio has had multiple reports filed against them for being an “unhealthy workplace”, and apparently, there are photoshopped pictures featuring some of the staff:
“The most shocking [images] present Quantic Dream’s collaborators in sexual positions, adorned with homophobic or sexist slurs, or even made up to look like Nazis,” said one report,
What’s more, one of the heads of the studio, David Cage, is apparently not the nicest person to work with.
“David Cage has a very particular viewpoint on how he runs his studio, which in his own words he sees as a private, or a semi-private, space,” said one former employee. “He feels he has the right to say whatever he wants, it’s his place.”
And it’s not just one employee saying this, there is apparently some very inappropriate artwork on the walls of Quantic Dream, and language that is very offensive is said very often.
These allegations were refuted by Cage and other members of Quantic Dream:
“You want to talk about homophobia?” Cage said. “I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA… Judge me by my work.”
No doubt these allegations will be examined further.