Detroit: Become Human Studio Issues Response To Toxic/Racist Allegations
Earlier today, several media outlets published stories online of Quantic Dream (Detroit: Become Human) employees alleging a toxic, racist, and abusive work environment provided by the studio. Quantic’s David Cage was at the center of it all, with the employees citing that he was a racist, homophobic, and hateful. Cage responded, “You want to talk about homophobia?” said Cage to Le Monde (translation via Eurogamer). “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.” His response was met with even more criticism and the entire situation escalated quickly.
Now the studio has issued an official response via their Twitter confronting the allegations, stating that all of the above reports are unfounded and claim that they take issues such as these “very seriously.” This is the official announcement:
— Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream) January 14, 2018
For clarity, in case the above message is hard to read:
Articles published today level various allegations against Quantic Dream, its management and employees. We categorically deny all of these allegations. Quantic Dream filed a complaint several months ago and further complaints will follow. We invite interested parties to read the responses of our Employee Representatives 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.”
The fan reactions were mixed in the following thread, with many using Cage’s remarks as a means to belittle the above statement. Others pledged their support to the studio during this confusing time. Whether you believe the allegations or take the official statement for what it is, it is important to keep an objective mind for those involved. This sort of behaviour, if true, is deplorable and has no place in the work environment, while false allegations are equally as harmful.
For now, more and more statements from employs alleging toxic behavior continue to come forward. Now that the company has responded, the correct actions can be set into motion to getting to the truth of the matter and making sure it is resolved justly. To read the full scope of the allegations, you can read the initial reports here, here, and here.
What do you think about the reports against the Detroit: Become Human studio? Do you, or someone you know, have any experience with this? If so, we invite you to e-mail us at our contact page so that we can dive into this deeper and help to make this situation right. You can also DM us over on our Twitter here to provide your own tip regarding this story, or just to stay in the loop with gaming news. Until then, this story is developing.
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