Riot, developer and publisher of League of Legends, announced back in August 2019 that it had agreed to a preliminary settlement regarding the gender discrimination class-action suit filed against it. Now, the Los Angeles Times has reported information about how much this might actually cost the company, with an apparent minimum of $10 million incurred by the company.
The lawsuit was initially filed in November 2018 by Riot employees following an investigative report undertaken by Kotaku titled ‘Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games’. Following this, Riot saw their Chief Operating Officer suspended in December of 2018, the hiring of a new Chief Diversity Officer in February, and a staff walkout earlier this year in May.
In August of this year, we saw Riot announce their agreement to settle the gender discrimination lawsuit, with a statement that dived into some of the culture and issues at play in the company. The proposed settlement, splitting an approximate ten million dollars between roughly a thousand women hired between November 2014 and the finalisation date in the agreement, also includes a commitment by Riot to continue improving its internal culture with employee groups acting as oversight regarding this commitment.
Speaking about the proposed settlement, a Riot spokesperson had this to say: “We’re pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit. The settlement is another important step forward, and demonstrates our commitment to living up to our values and to making Riot an inclusive environment for the industry’s best talent.”
Riot Games brought in a revenue of over $1,4 billion in 2018, according to market analyst firm Superdata, with League of Legends remaining its flagship product at this time, although other games have recently been announced by the company.