RIOT GAMES TO PAY $100 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT FOR GENDER DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT
Riot Games agreed to pay $100 million after the lawsuit in 2018 against the publisher by their female employees due to discrimination and harassment.
The settlement covers way back in November 2018 when after gaming website Kotaku published a story detailing systemic sexism and unfair treatment at Los Angeles-based Riot Games.
According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the suit covers approximately 1,065 female employees and 1,300 female contractors at Riot.
The maker of the famous computer games Valorant and League of Legends is set to pay at least $80 million to members and around $20 million allocated for legal fees.
Moreover, the publisher will accord workplace changes which include greater pay transparency and three years of third-party monitoring.
“I am so glad we achieved this first step toward justice for the women of Riot Games,” former employee and plaintiff Jes Negron said in a statement.
“I hope this case serves as an example for other studios and an inspiration for women in the industry at large. Women in gaming do not have to suffer inequity and harassment in silence — change is possible.”
Attorney Genie Harrison, who began representing the plaintiffs in 2020, on the other hand, averred that winning the case is worthy of celebration.
“This is a great day for the women of Riot Games — and for women at all video game and tech companies — who deserve a workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination,” Atty. Harrison said.
“We appreciate Riot’s introspection and work since 2018 toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive company, its willingness to take responsibility for its past, and its commitment to fairness and equality in the future.”