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Shopping day? Shopping day. Following the news that Tencent and SIE acquired 30% of FromSoftware, another Chinese conglomerate, NetEase, announced that it has fully acquired French developer Quantic Dream, known for film adventures such as heavy rain Y Detroit: Become Human.
Holding company NetEase originally bought a minority stake in Quantic Dream in 2019, but has now taken full ownership of the company, which becomes NetEase’s first European studio and will be used to spearhead NetEase’s presence in the global market. Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently, under the continued leadership of its current President, David Cage, and Chief Operating Officer, Guillaume de Fondaumière.
Quantic Dream, typified by its highly dramatic, event-laden quick-time adventures, has come under the microscope in recent years due to accusations of harboring a toxic work environment, with accusations of racism, sexism, and a culture of humiliation and harassment within its walls These allegations led to a lawsuit in 2018, where a former employee sued the company for wrongful termination. The case was dismissed by the Paris Court of Appeal in 2021, with a judge ruling that the plaintiff had already shown “tacit acceptance” of the doctored images allegedly circulated by QD offices.
“Quantic Dream once again reaffirms the values that the studio has always upheld in its games and within the company, which are values of humanism, inclusion, and the right of people to express themselves in a unique way,” de Fondaumière said of the appeal. . “We will continue to defend them with the same passion and determination as always. Quantic Dream maintains its firm commitment to continue working with its employees to create a serene work environment that fosters the professional and personal development and fulfillment of all”.
GamesIndustry.biz today featured an interview with Quantic Dream and NetEase.