League of Legends developer Riot Games has agreed in principle to settle the class action lawsuit brought against it by current and former employees. Filed last year, the suit sought compensation for gender discrimination within the studio.
After an investigation published by Kotaku unearthed a mileu of sexism at the League of Legends studio, Riot employees became disgruntled with leadership's response to the issues brought to light. A walkout was staged earlier this year over a forced arbitration clause, and now the studio is seeking to settle the class action lawsuit brought forward by current and former employees.
In a statement posted to Riot Games' site, the studio declined to share details about the settlement but confirmed it was being finalized.
"We realize that this is a path that many companies in our position may not have chosen, but we felt it was the strongest statement we could make to Rioters, and prospective Rioters, that we're prepared to go over and above in order to move forward," the company says.
The statement also alleges that there are no systemic issues of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or retaliation at Riot Games. It does however say that during investigation, the company say that some Rioters have had "experiences that did not live up to our values or culture."
A Twitter account representing the Riot walkout organizers published an official statement, calling the settlement a "victory for women in games" while also acknowledging that "issues of discrimination and harassment go beyond gender," and recognizes there are victims not covered by this specific class action suit.
TL;DR: Class action lawsuit against Riot has been settled (other suits that went to arbitration are still pending). We believe this is a huge victory for women in games. Full text of statement from the walkout organizers here: pic.twitter.com/H9qhse35V8- Rioters Against Forced Arbitration (@RiotersAFA) August 23, 2019
The settlement will now seek court approval, upon which more details will be released.