It's been an odd few months for the French developer Quantic Dream. Their latest game, Detroit: Become Human became the fastest selling game in company history while achieving a mostly positive critical response. But these milestones have been tinged by the numerous controversial rumors describing a toxic work environment of bullying and sexual misconduct. Though Quantum Dream has repeatedly denied any wrong doing, with the Founder and CEO David Cage famously saying he was "shocked" and "very surprised"
Yet on Thursday, a French court ruled in favor of a former Quantic Dream employee, granting them an unemployment settlement. Though the plaintiff voluntarily quit the developer, French labor courts can allow unemployment if the employee's cause for resignation is directly linked to the employer's behavior. In this case, the employee cited the previously reported series of offensive photoshop images depicting staff members in nazi attire as well as sexist and homophobic slurs.
While Quantic Dream still retains the option to appeal this verdict, this loss may have an affect on their other legal activity. In April the company filed a lawsuit against the website Mediapart and newspaper Le Monde, both of which reported David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière's alleged misbehavior. Quantic Dream released a public statment, refering to the accusations as "libelous statements whose origin and veracity are in question"
Since then, two similar labor cases were brought against Quantic Dream, though both were dismissed with one currently in appeal.