Detroit: Become Human Developer Ordered To Pay Up Over Vulgar Images

Offensive photos of an ex-employee proliferated at the French studio Quantic Dream.


Quantic Dream, the French studio behind adventure games like Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, has been ordered to pay more than $7000 to an ex-employee for the circulation of vulgar images, according to a report by French publication Le Monde (translated via Gamasutra).

Le Monde reports that Quantic Dream remained "passive" as vulgar images of an ex-employee "performing a salute Nazi" circulated around the studio. In the face of Quantic Dream knowing about and doing nothing to prevent these images from propagating, a French judge ordered the studio to pay a total of €7,000 (or approximately $7,753) for an infringement of the employee's security.

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"By remaining passive in the face of this more than questionable practice, which can not be justified by the 'humorous' spirit prevailing in society, the employer has committed a breach of the security obligation [vis-à-vis its employees]," said the judge in a translated statement.

Quantic Dream, who will pay €5,000 (~$5,538) directly to the ex-employee plus €2,000 (~$2,215) for legal fees, released a statement on Twitter saying it has no plans to appeal the decision.

This case is the latest against Quantic Dream, a studio that, according to reports from 2018, allegedly fosters a toxic work environment. The French judge who handed out the ruling called these images "homophobic, misogynistic, racist, or deeply vulgar" and condemned the studio for its inaction.

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