Riot Games employees have reportedly been planning a walkout in order to express frustration with the lack of transparency from the company's leadership. New reports have revealed that Riot even responded to the planned walkout privately on the company's Slack channel, urging for private dialogue.
Following an explosive report on toxic work culture at Riot by Kotaku, employees have been disgruntled with Riot leadership's response to alleviating the issues at the company. While plans for a walkout have been circulating for some time, it wasn't until news that Riot is trying to stop two women from pursuing legal action against the company for discrimination that employees began planning a walkout for Monday, May 6.
Waypoint and Kotaku have both learned of the walkout from employees who wish to remain anonymous. One source told Waypoint, "Talk of a walkout has been brewing among a number of folks with varying levels of investment since Kotaku's first article hit. And leadership consistently promised transparency/actions to be taken and did not deliver on that promise."
Riot's chief diversity officer, Angela Roseboro, reached out to Riot employees on the company's private Slack channel to urge them to meet for a small discussion over their concerns.
"We're also aware there may be an upcoming walkout and recognize Rioters are not feeling heard," said Roseboro. "We want to open up a dialogue on Monday and invite Rioters to join us for small group sessions where we can talk through your concerns, and provide as much context as we can about where we've landed and why. If you're interested, please take a moment to add your name to this spreadsheet. We're planning to keep these sessions smaller so we can have a more candid dialogue."
The recent frustration with Riot leadership stems from the news that the company is enacting the arbitration clause on two employees filing a lawsuit against the company for discrimination. Arbitration would force the lawsuits into an extra-legal system without a judge or jury, and make it much harder for the details of the lawsuit to become public.
The arbitration clause are common in the tech industry, and Google employees recently held their own walkout protesting the clause. They were successful, as Google announced that it would remove the arbitration clause from employee contracts.
Some employees privately expressed more frustration with Roseboro's call for discussion. "There was backlash because people were frustrated at yet another example of closed-door discussions instead of transparency," one source said to Waypoint. "Overall, I think Rioters are sick of feeling like they have no visibility into what leadership is actually doing to improve."