Game developer Report That Riot Games A settlement agreement has been reached for a class action lawsuit against the company, amounting to US$100 million, which is a significant increase from the previous US$10 million settlement attempt, which was rejected for letting Riot go too easily.
The class action lawsuit was initiated after heavy reports of sex discrimination and abuse in Riot’s workplace. The settlement agreement was approved by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which will pay 80 million US dollars of the 100 million US dollars to the company’s female employees and contractors, and the remaining 20 million US dollars will be reserved for legal expenses. Riot must also allocate $6 million per year for three years to adjust compensation and create new positions for contractors participating in class actions.
In a statement, Riot tried to express regret for the past and move on: “Although we are proud of what we have achieved since 2018, we must also be responsible for the past,” the statement read. “We hope that this settlement will correctly recognize those who have had negative experiences in Riot, and show that we want to lead by example and bring more accountability and equality to the gaming industry.”
In the end, it is a good thing for the two parties to reach an appropriate settlement, not only for the women who have been wronged in the company, but also for those who are watching the company’s actions. Riot Games still makes popular games, so it has a responsibility to go all out to reduce hiding places in toxic workplaces. Let us hope that Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft will follow suit.