Riot Games have agreed to pay a total of $10 million dollars to settle the lawsuit against them for alleged gender discrimination, LA Times reports. Around 1,000 women who’ve worked at Riot since November 2014 will benefit from the pay-out. Individual amounts will vary depending on how long each employee has been with the company and their status within it (e.g. full-time employees will receive more than contractors).
The lawsuit was filed a year ago last November by two former Riot employees who alleged to a culture of sexual harassment and gender discrimination while working there. Their claim supported the initial breaking of the story by Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio from August 2018, who interviewed dozens of former and current Riot employees about said culture.
With Riot Games now in the negative spotlight, in April 2019 the company tried to settle with the plaintiffs behind closed doors by forcing arbitration, i.e. preventing its employees to go to court but instead settle privately with the company. This rippled into a massive walkout on the LA campus of Riot Games with more than 150 Rioters protesting the forced arbitration.
Since these incidents, Riot Games have sworn to make amends to change its culture of sexism, hiring diversity officers and subjecting higher-ups to the proper training, which have also been laid out in the $10M settlement.
The Riot Games culture of sexism story remains one of the biggest scandals of 2018-2019. Up until then, the company has tried its best to be a vocal leader to improving player’s behavior and combating toxicity. The gender discrimination within its own ranks, however, painted Riot in hypocritical tones — a classic “do as I say, not as I do” situation.