League of Legends

Riot Games apparently facing employee walkout

According to a report from Waypoint/Vice, League of Legends development studio Riot Games is facing an employee walkout as a result of Riot’s attempt to block lawsuits being filed against the company.

Kotaku’s initial investigation into the culture of sexism at Riot went viral last summer, and multiple lawsuits were filed. On Friday, Kotaku reported that Riot Games took steps to prevent employees from taking legal action against them.

“Talk of a walkout has been brewing among a number of folks with varying levels of investment since Kotaku’s first article hit,” said one source at Riot, “and leadership consistently promised transparency/actions to be taken and then did not deliver on that promise.”

The walkout threat prompted a response from Riot’s chief diversity officer, Angela Roseboro, in the company’s private Slack.

“We’re also aware there may be an upcoming walkout and recognize some Rioters are not feeling heard,” said Roseboro, in a copy of the message obtained by Waypoint. “We want to open up a dialogue on Monday and invite Rioters to join us for small group sessions where we can talk through your concerns, and provide as much context as we can about where we’ve landed and why. If you’re interested, please take a moment to add your name to this spreadsheet. We’re planning to keep these sessions smaller so we can have a more candid dialogue.”

These comments were verified by Waypoint.

Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent made a statement to the media, saying:

“We’re proud of our colleagues for standing up for what they believe in. We always want Rioters to have the opportunity to be heard, so we’re sitting down today with Rioters to listen to their opinions and learn more about their perspectives on arbitration. We will also be discussing this topic during our biweekly all-company town hall on Thursday. Both are important forums for us to discuss our current policy and listen to Rioter feedback, which are both important parts of evaluating all of our procedures and policies, including those related to arbitration.”

The full report is available on the Waypoint website.

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