Riot Games is paying $ 100 million to resolve its class action lawsuit of discrimination


Riot Games, publisher of AAA titles such as League of Legends and Valorant, announced that it will pay $ 100 million to resolve a class action lawsuit for gender discrimination. Tencent-owned game publisher has agreed to pay $ 20 million in plaintiffs’ legal fees and $ 80 million to those in the lawsuit who allege that there is gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment in the company were the order of the day.

Money is important – It was three years since the class action lawsuit was filed in November 2018. In 2019, Riot offered to pay $ 10 million to settle the lawsuit. But the LA Times reported that the California Department for Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) stopped riot, claiming the women involved in the lawsuit could potentially be eligible for $ 400 million or more.

Increasing income – While the $ 100 million resolution is much lower than the DFEH’s, it’s exponentially better than $ 10 million, which is a drop in the ocean for Riot. In just one year, Riot has made over $ 100 million in sales with its three mobile games. What’s even wilder is that its flagship franchise League of Legends In 2020 alone, the company had sales of 1.75 billion US dollars. From a holistic perspective, $ 100 million is change for this gaming giant.

The culture of Riot has changed over the years since Kotaku exposé, although some departments have always been more isolated and therefore less affected by Riot’s larger workplace culture. However, a riot employee told the story Climbers At the beginning of the year that the company is “still a boys club”.

Loose ends – While Riot seeks to move beyond its “culture of sexism,” it is important to note that former Riot employee Sharon O’Donnell’s allegations of sexual harassment are outside of this class action lawsuit. Earlier this year, Riot closed the investigation into its CEO Nicolo Laurent, arguing that there was no evidence to back up O’Donnell’s claims.

Interestingly, current Riot employees seem overwhelmingly on Laurent’s side, as he received an 87% approval rating in a recent company-wide survey.


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