Back in November of 2018, Riot Games was hit with a class-action lawsuit by two their employees, one former and one current. The plaintiffs alleged that the company, famous for League of Legends, promoted a sexist “bro-culture” that created a hostile working environment for women. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the company had violated the California Equal Pay Act, as well as the law against gender discrimination at the workplace.
A few months earlier, an investigative report by Kotaku cited numerous examples of this with one of the people they investigated, “Lacy”, who allegedly suffered from men harassing her and disrespecting her. Today, the company has agreed to settle the case out of court. Riot Games issued a statement after they reviewed the concerns raised during the lawsuit, “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.”
After the lawsuit was filed, Riot Games decided to update their core values. The company fired many of the alleged perpetrators. They then edited their website to promote their new values: Player Experience First, Dare to Dream, Thrive Together, Execute with Excellence, Stay Hungry, and Stay Humble. The company then went on to state that they will attempt to create an environment in which every member of Riot Games will be able to thrive.
According to Gamespot, the finalizing of the settlement is still in its early stage and has yet receive full court approval. The details of the settlement have not yet been confirmed either, however, Riot has stated that “We’re continuing to work with the class plaintiffs and their counsel to finalize the details. Most importantly, we want to emphasize that any proposed settlement will be subject to the Court’s oversight, and the Court will need to review and approve all details of any agreement. We want to be respectful of this process.”