Reports are coming out that developers of League of Legends, one of E-Sports famous titles are being sued by former employees who state the company put men first and women second.
This includes accusations sexual harassment, misconduct and culture of paying men more than women for the same role. Main of those effected stated that their careers suffered as a result of working for Riot Games due to fact they were female.
This Summer, leading Gaming News Website Kotaku.com had reported a culture of sexism in an investigative report that cited experiences from 28 current and former employees, most of whom described Riot’s working environment as sexist. Its understood that one of the sources of this investigation from Kotaku is now one of the leading individuals pressing the matter legally.
Riot has not said if it will challenge the accusations.
“While we do not discuss the details of ongoing litigation, we can say that we take every allegation of this nature seriously and investigate them thoroughly,” it said in a statement.
“We remain committed to a deep and comprehensive evolution of our culture to ensure Riot is a place where all Rioters thrive.”
Whilst this is to be commended, its understood that this was a deep rooted problem that had been reported to senior management of Riot Games over many years. Sources indicate that the change of policy is now only coming out due to pressure from the Media and the now Legal fights which are now ensuing.
Errr what is League of Legends?
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The game is one of the most watch E-Sports Games. For the World Championship, teams compete for the champion title, the 70 pounds (32 kg) Summoner’s Cup, and a US$1 million championship prize. In 2017, the finals were watched by 60 million people, breaking 2016’s finals’ viewer record.