‘Detroit: Become Human’ developer Quantic Dream wins libel suit against French newspaper Le Monde

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Claims against another publisher were unsuccessful

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Developer Quantic Dream, the studio behind Detroit: Be Human And Heavy rainhas successfully sued Le Monde for defamation after a French newspaper published stories alleging harmful work culture.

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Quantic Dream sued both Le Monde and Mediapart, an online investigative magazine, for stories published in 2018, saying it damaged the studio’s reputation. as seen eurogamer, via french site IT Solidarity, Le Monde’s defense was weakened by being unable to verify its reporting without revealing the identities of its sources.

Although complaints about Mediapart were not justified, its reporting was deemed “good faith”.


The 2018 report was the result of a joint investigation between Le Monde, Mediapart and Canard PC. He accused a toxic workplace, including racist and sexist behavior, aggressive digital transformation of employees’ images, a difficult crisis culture, and collusion to terminate employees’ contracts that would have violated French labor laws.

At the time, studio president David Cage said the report was “ridiculous, absurd and bizarre”, while Guillaume de Fondaumiere, COO of Quantic Dream, said “I am extremely clear: this is absolutely wrong”.

However, some claims of objectionable images with Quantic Dream were upheld. November 2019 A former employee has to pay €5000 compensation, plus €2000 costs, in connection with failing his “safety obligation” to stop the distribution of the images. The company said it “will not appeal” the decision.

Quantic Dream’s defamation win against Le Monde is the latest legal victory for the studio since the original report. In April 2021, the Paris Court of Appeals Overturned a 2018 unfair dismissal decision against the company. Quantic Dream continues a statement At the time, “highlighting the absence of a ‘toxic environment’ in the studio or discrimination of any kind”.

Granthshala has contacted Quantic Dream and Le Monde for comment on the latest decision.


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