Riot Games settles gender discrimination lawsuit for $10 million

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Riot Games has agreed to pay out at least $10 million to women who worked at the company in the last five years as part of a class action lawsuit settlement, according to court documents obtained this week.

The suit against the League of Legends developer began in November 2018, when two women sued the company for violating the California Equal Pay Act. The settlement documents, which were obtained by the LA Times, detail that Riot will pay roughly 1,000 women what they are owed from the multi-million dollar pot. The final amount that each employee gets will depend on their status and tenure at the company.

“We are grateful for every Rioter who has come forward with their concerns and believe this resolution is fair for everyone involved,” Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot Games, says in the press release. “With this agreement, we are honoring our commitment to find the best and most expeditious way for all Rioters, and Riot, to move forward and heal.

“Over the past year, we’ve made substantial progress toward evolving our culture and will continue to pursue this work as we strive to be the most inclusive company in gaming.”

The original lawsuit was filed following an article on Kotaku, in which several former and current employees alleged sexual harassment and systematic gender discrimination in the workplace.

Following the proposed settlement, which still has to be approved in court, one current employee tells Kotaku: “It’s great that Riot has decided to compensate women for the abuse they suffered here, but their rhetoric about ‘healing and moving on’ leaves something to be desired. It’s difficult to heal and move on when we are faced with the reality that at the end of the day, Riot prefers to pay the women still here for the trouble of continuing to work with alleged abusers.”