One source even told the outlet “While it brought me extreme joy to see the work of my friends, it did sting a little bit to see a bunch of people praising the studio, saying how calming and chill and progressive everything looked. It might well be true for the Season project, but it has not been my experience with management.”
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And those concerns are allegedly not just due to the claims of Davreau’s “inability to follow through on ideas” that was also a marked aspect of Darwin Project’s development internally. Instead, the report shines a light on a number of accusations against Devreau and current-Scavengers CEO Amélie Lamarche.
Chief among the claims of the alleged hostile workplace created by Davreau and Lamarche is the sense of a “boys’ club” atmosphere, with allegations that women at the studio have been ” frequently degraded by male employees including Darveau, or infantilized and treated as if they did not know what they were talking about even when speaking from a position of expertise about their own work.”Additionally, the report lays out reported concerns from current and former employees about Davreau’s mistreatment and bullying of employees, save for a group of “commandos” that were Davreau’s favorites; allegations of Davreau groping multiple employees, and the implications of Lamarche essentially serving in an HR role to other employees despite having previously been in a romantic relationship with Davreau.
Scavengers responded to Gamesindustry, saying “Scavengers Studio appreciates that there have been situations during its rapid growth and takes the position that any type of harassment is unwelcomed and unacceptable and takes any complaints in this respect very seriously,” and while the studio told the outlet that “Certain elements…are false, somewhat blown out of proportion or lacking important pieces,” Scavengers did not comment further on what specifically may have been incorrect about the allegations.
Season is scheduled for a release this year on PC and PS5.