The Los Angeles Times reported that the money will go to women employees who have worked at Riot Games over the last five years. About one-thousand women employees will have the chance to self-identify as female to receive part of the settlement. Dollar amounts for each employee will vary based on how long they worked for the company, among other factors.
The lawsuit against Riot began in November 2018 when two Riot Games employees, one current and one former, sued the company for, “endemic gender-based discrimination and fostering a ‘men-first’ environment.” The class-action lawsuit said Riot Games was fostering a “sexually-hostile working environment,” and accused the company of violating California’s Equal Pay Act.
This came after an investigation from Kotaku reported on the alleged culture of sexism at Riot Games. The company released a response to Kotaku’s report in August 2018, three months before the lawsuit, which included the statement, “We have a zero tolerance policy on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, bullying, and general toxicity.” The response was widely criticized, however, for not directly addressing some of the main issues found in Kotaku’s report.
Earlier this year in May, Riot Games employees staged a walkout to protest Forced Arbitration, which prevents employees from filing a lawsuit in the event of a dispute. Riot Games employees in Dublin, Ireland joined their Los Angeles team members with a walkout of their own.
When the lawsuit was settled earlier this year, a spokesperson from the Riot Walkout group said the result brought “peace of mind” to women employees at Riot Games, but that the issues at the company go beyond gender, and that the group wants to recognize “the victims who aren’t covered in the suit.”
Logan Plant is a writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.