Riot Games Settles in Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination

Marco Green
August 25, 2019

Despite Kotaku's reports and the settlement, which the walkout's organizers called a "victory for women in games", Riot continues to deny that harassment and sexism are an issue within the company's overall culture.

Others have continued to express their frustration that many of those accused at the company continue to work there, including Scott Gelb, who has been accused of farting in the face of employees as a joke and tapping their genitals in the workplace. According to a joint press release from Riot and the plaintiff's counsel, both parties are ready to seek court approval for the settlement proposal. We believe that this & Riot's policy changes help continue the progress toward equity that we've made over the past year.

"After extensively reviewing these issues, we can confidently state that gender discrimination (in pay or promotion), sexual harassment, and retaliation are not systemic issues at Riot", wrote the developer.

"Making Riot - and the entire industry - more inclusive is an ongoing process, and we are excited to see this big step in the right direction". More than 2,500 Riot employees participated in training exercises and the company installed a new set of cultural values.

Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent said in a statement that the company is prepared to move forward in the best interest of its employees.

The plaintiffs were represented by Ryan Saba of Rosen Saba, LLP.

Employees of the Santa Monica, Calif., video game developer had filed a class action lawsuit alleging a "toxic culture" at Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends. That's in addition to hiring a chief diversity officer in Angela Roseboro and bringing on board Frances Frei in an advisory role to help clean up its act.

"This is a clear indication that Riot is dedicated to making progress in evolving its culture and employment practices", continued Saba, who stated that significant changes had already been made to Riot's corporate culture, including "increased transparency and industry-leading diversity and inclusion programs". With this agreement, we are honoring our commitment to find the best and most expedient way for all Rioters, and Riot, to move forward and heal. "We believe that the policy changes Riot agreed to make will continue the progress toward equality that we've made over the past year". "The publisher also seems to attribute their decision to end litigation to their employees being distracted from work, rather than the allegations of sexism: ".we've encountered considerable fatigue among Rioters, who have been drained by constant engagement with the internal and external dialogues emerging from these lawsuits and recurring media cycles".

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