Riot Games will pay $10 million to settle gender discrimination suit

Marco Green
December 3, 2019

The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case.

The lawsuit began when two women, one of which still worked at Riot, filed a class-action suit in November 2018, alleging women at Riot are "denied equal pay" and have their "careers stifled because they are women". At the time, Riot said it could not share the details of the settlement until it had been reviewed and approved by the court. The approximately 1,000 women who worked at Riot Games from November 2014 until the date the settlement is finalized will be entitled to a payment from the multimillion-dollar pot.

The lawsuit claimed the company paid women less than men, passed them over for promotions and fostered a "bro culture" that excluded them. Individual payouts will vary depending on the length of the employment period, as well as whether the workers were full-time employees, or on contract.

The court is expected to confirm the settlement this week. The studio said at the time that its internal investigation found that "gender discrimination (in pay or promotion), sexual harassment, and retaliation are not systemic issues at Riot", but acknowledged that "some Rioters have had experiences that did not live up to our values or culture".

A separate report in August of this year suggests that many employees feel optimistic about the progress Riot has made since the allegations of harassment and discrimination went public.

In response to the scandal, Riot committed to a series of internal initiatives to add more women to its leadership, close wage gaps, and change its company culture.

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