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Quantic Dream sues press over reports of toxic workplace - Report

Detroit: Become Human studio takes legal action against two of the three outlets who unearthed allegations of harassment and discrimination

Quantic Dream is suing a trio of media outlets who earlier this year collaborated on separate reports of toxic workplace conditions at the Detroit: Become Human developer. That's according to a report by Kotaku, which received confirmation of the legal action from Quantic Dream president and founder David Cage as well as journalists with Le Monde and Mediapart, two of the three outlets that worked on the original stories.

The third outlet, Canard PC, said it had not received notice of any legal action yet, although it did get threatening letters from Quantic Dream before and after the publication about the studio's culture.

The original reports cast Quantic Dream in a deeply negative light, with employees describing an environment of harassment, homophobia, racism, sexism and excessive workloads. Immediately after the reports were published, Quantic Dream released a statement denying the allegations, and followed that up the next month with a statement calling it a "veritable smear campaign" based on slanderous remarks.

Speaking to Kotaku, Le Monde journalist William Audureau said the paper was standing by its reporting.

"The story has been written sincerely, following a well-documented, thorough investigation, respectful of the principle that both sides must be heard. We stick with our information," Audureau told the site.

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