Riot Games has reached a $ 100 million settlement to resolve the McCracken vs Riot Games gender discrimination lawsuit, first filed in 2018.
The company has reached settlement agreements with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and several private plaintiffs.
Riot pays $ 80 million to all current and former full-time and contract workers who identify as women and who worked for the company between November 2014 and today. It also considers $ 20 million in legal fees and other expenses.
While this is not UK news, it is a huge update affecting the League of Legends publisher that Esports News UK is covering in detail and so we felt it was important to cover it.
Riot will also have its internal reporting and justice payment processes overseen by a third party jointly approved by Riot and the DFEH for a period of three years.
“This is a great day for the women at Riot Games – and women in all video game and technology companies – who deserve harassment and discrimination-free jobs,” said Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.
“We appreciate Riot’s introspection and have been working since 2018 to become a more diverse and inclusive company, his willingness to take responsibility for his past and his commitment to ongoing fairness and equality in the future.”
Riot said in a statement on its website: “Three years ago, Riot was at the heart of what became billing in our industry. We had to face the fact that despite our best intentions, we had not always lived up to our values.
“As a company, we were at a crossroads; we could deny the inadequacies of our culture or apologize, correct course, and build a better riot. We chose the latter. We are incredibly grateful to every Rioter who has worked to create a culture in which inclusivity is the norm, in which we are deeply committed to fairness and equality, and in which diversity promotes creativity and innovation.
“We are proud to have come this far since 2018, but we also have to take responsibility for the past. We hope that this deal duly recognizes those who have had negative experiences at Riot and shows our desire to lead by example to bring greater accountability and equality to the gaming industry. “
Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent said in a now-deleted tweet that has been criticized by some in the community for calling gender discrimination and harassment “alleged”.
The news comes after Riot CEO Laurent was charged with sexual harassment in a separate case earlier this year, which Riot and several witnesses denied.
This is a quick news update to close the litigation – read this for a deeper look 2018 Kotaku article entitled “Inside the Culture of Sexism at Riot Games” and this article about the $ 100 million agreement by Washing Post reporter Shannon Liao, which covered it in detail:
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 with a 2: 1 degree in multi-media journalism.
A longtime gamer who first picked up the NES controller in the late 1980s, he has written for a number of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV, Riot Games and others. He worked as Head of Content for the British Esports Association until February 2021 before returning to Esports News UK full-time, helping brands and companies better understand the industry as an esports consultant.