Riot Games settles class-action suit by female employees who alleged harassment and discrimination

Riot Games has settled a class-action lawsuit filed by workers who said they were routinely subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination in the course of their jobs at the Los Angeles video game studio.

The suit originated last November when two women who had worked at the company, which is owned by the Chinese technology giant Tencent, alleged violations of the California Equal Pay act and gender-based discrimination, retaliation and harassment.

Both parties declined to provide details of the settlement, which remains to be approved by the court.

“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, said in a statement. “With this agreement, we are honoring our commitment to find the best and most expedient 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.”

“This is a very strong settlement agreement that provides meaningful and fair value to class members for their experiences at Riot Games,” said Ryan Saba of Rosen Saba, LLP, the attorney representing the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit followed a series of exposés, beginning with an article from the games website Kotaku, in which current and former employees described a corporate culture soaked in sexism. The suit itself echoed those accounts, alleging that Riot Games has a “men-first,” “bro culture” in which harassment and inappropriate behavior go unchecked.
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