Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends and Arcane, will compensate both female employees and lawyers
Unfortunately, 2021 has not only been a curious year with new video games to enjoy. We have also seen the worst side of the industry, with such notorious cases as those of Ubisoft or the great controversy that has surrounded Activision Blizzard for months, accused of cases of harassment and abuse of its workers and directly affecting its executives.
Much earlier, since 2018, to be precise, Riot Games has been dealing with a gender discrimination lawsuit in which several female workers provided evidence and testimonies of totally reprehensible conduct on the part of the developer. It was a class-action lawsuit that pointed to a work culture that was detrimental to women.
Now, thanks to a report in The Washington Post, we have learned that Riot has agreed to pay a total of $100 million to settle the lawsuit. Of the total sum, $80 million will go to the plaintiffs in payment for their grievances, while the remaining $20 million will go to cover the work of the plaintiffs’ law firm.
The 80 million will be divided among the 2,300 workers who have been with the company between 2014 and the present, according to a scale of time spent with the company. In addition, Riot itself is committed to making internal changes, improving transparency in salary scales, and increasing women’s presence in decision-making.
It’s a very sensitive issue, but claims are commonplace given the size of the games industry and the number of players involved. Many are related to gender discrimination, such as the one we recently learned about targeting PlayStation, but others range from minor legal disputes to problems with investors, such as the case of CD Projekt with Cyberpunk 2077.