A three-year lawsuit involving Riot Games and allegations of gender discrimination against their employees has been concluded. The creators of the League of Legends and Valoranta eventually agreed to a settlement, ie the payment of 100 million US dollars to the plaintiffs to end the lawsuit.
Of the total amount, Riot undertakes to pay $ 80 million will be shared between all current and former Riot Games employees as well as temporary contractors who identify as women and have a contract with Riot Games between 11. months of 2014 to date. The remaining $ 20 million will be paid to lawyers and court costs.
In addition to the payment of a fairly large sum of money, Rioto has agreed that for the next three years, an independent company will monitor the processes related to the equalization of salaries of employees.
On the occasion of accepting the settlement, the following was announced from Riot:
“We had to face the fact that despite our best intentions, we were not always consistent with our values. The company was at a crossroads: we could deny the flaws in our work culture, or we could apologize, change our direction, and build a better Riot. We chose the latter. ”
“While we are proud of the progress we have made since 2018, we must take responsibility for our past. We hope that this settlement recognizes those who have had negative experiences with Riot and demonstrates our desire to bring more responsibility and equality to the gaming industry. ” Said Riot's spokesman.