Riot Games vows sweeping corporate culture changes in response to piles of sexism allegations

    
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League of Legends studio Riot Games is in the news again, this time in relation to the ongoing sexism scandal going on within the company as exposed by a Kotaku reporter’s extensive research earlier in August. As Riot kept relatively quiet over the last few weeks, telling the community it was reflecting on and processing the allegations, more appalling accusations from current and former employees have surfaced, including one earlier this week from a former male engineer who quit over what he described as overt rape jokes seeping into company culture from the top down.

Riot has broken its silence as of today, addressing both game developers and players in an unsigned official letter called Our First Steps Forward. The letter apologizes to all current and former employees, as well as to its players, future employees, and potential business partners.

“For the past three weeks, we’ve been focused on listening and learning. As a company, we’re used to patching problems ASAP, but this patch will not happen overnight. We will weave this change into our cultural DNA and leave no room for sexism or misogyny. Inclusivity, diversity, respect, and equality are all non-negotiable. While there is much to improve, there is a tremendous amount of good at Riot that will drive this change. This is our top priority until we get it right.”

The “first steps” mentioned include a new team to lead the company’s “cultural evolution,” a complete re-evaluation of the company’s core culture and manifesto, a revised complaint investigation and recruiting system, new anti-bias training and fresh diversity management, and third-party consultants and attorneys to advise on these sweeping changes.

“Our goal isn’t just to be good; it’s to become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and culture,” Riot says. “No one and nothing is sacred. We are prepared to make big changes and have begun taking action against specific cases, including removal of Rioters, though we aren’t likely to get into those details publicly on a case-by-case basis for legal and privacy reasons.”

Source: Riot Games

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A Bellow From Below

“…a complete re-evaluation of the company’s core culture and manifesto, a revised complaint investigation and recruiting system, new anti-bias training and fresh diversity management, and third-party consultants and attorneys to advise on these sweeping changes…”

And this, my dear gentlebeings, this is how you create new jobs for humanities graduates: by weaponizing the all-permeating culture of permanent outrage and Perpetually Sustainable Problems (TM). All you have to do is point and shriek, like those pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and then offer your “anti-bias training” and “third party consultant” services for a hefty sum.

If you are playing their game, consider this for a moment: instead of being spent on making the game better, your money will be now spent on someone’s imaginary feel-good societal constructs. But please, by all means, keep applauding. ;)

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kgptzac

Excuse me for not reading a web page which 20% of the readable area is blocked by a persistent header, but it’s not a proper cultural revolution if you don’t run at least some public executions… The news that’s more interesting to me would be: who just got fired for being a dipshit sexist from Riot.

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Celestia

“Culture” like that doesn’t change without cleaning out the people at the top. If the bosses retain their positions/power there will be this big PR offensive, but no internal change.

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Cypher

Yup! Seen it so many times throughout my career… they’ll pay off the employee, usually as an “enhanced redundancy” and a signature on a disclaimer that states the complaint is resolved in full… while the offending manager/director is given a slap on the wrist and then done! And that’s from personal experience!

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Sally Bowls

It seems to me the salient questions should be posed to Ten Cent.

Here you have management that is not keeping the game on top while not diversifying. Is not getting along with TC. Is not doing mobile because … idk. And then this has been going on for a while. It seems to me they could offer some life lessons, send a message, and give real impetus to the forces of change with some management changes.

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Bruno Brito

The words “Too little, too late” come to mind, specially since the people responsible for this culture will stay there, in power.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It looks like every other statement. “We got called out on the thing we absolutely knew was going on. We’re going to write a bunch of nice words our lawyers approved of and not really do anything. Maybe we’ll hire one of those companies that come in and teach a 3 day sensitivity in the workplace course.”

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Crowe

The Hawkins article really brings it home. The latest moves are simply because they are in the spotlight for the moment. No real changes can happen while the current management is in position.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Sigh. Second verse, same as the first. (TL;DR: Same dumb shit keeps happening because we, as a species, apparently never, ever learn.)

As above so below. (TL;DR: So long as the big guy does it, nothing will change.)

A fish rots from the head. (TL;DR: see above.)

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styopa

RIOT GAMES VOWS (SOMETHING THAT PASSES FOR) SWEEPING CORPORATE CULTURE CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO PILES OF SEXISM ALLEGATIONS

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Robert Mann

In before they say “Oh, that was just a joke…”

Uh, that’s kinda their thing, right… I mean after the toxicity.