Riot tackles toxic corporate culture with updated company values

    
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In the wake of the gender-discrimination and sexual-harassment scandal that has plagued Riot Games for the past year — which last month resulted in the suspension of COO Scott Gelb for apparently becoming the physical embodiment of the phrase “It’s just a prank, bro” — the studio has announced that it has formulated an updated version of its company values. The new and improved values, which are expounded upon in length on the studio’s site, focus more on Riot’s general goals than on tackling its toxic corporate culture specifically, with such platitudes as “player experience first,” “thrive together,” and “stay hungry; stay humble.”

According to the updated manifesto, Riot decided that a revamp of the company’s values was necessary because the original manifesto, written in 2012, “didn’t evolve along with [the company].” As part of this evolutionary process, the company says it “cocreated [its new] values with more than 1,700 Rioters globally” by asking those employees what they wanted the company to be “to deliver on [its] promise to players.” The manifesto promises to “institutionalize these values throughout Riot, so they become a part of every Rioter’s daily reality.” However, gamers might find it difficult to be particularly sanguine about the prospect in light of the way things have been playing out so far. After all, it’s not exactly the first time we’ve heard this particular song.

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kelvar

That update will surely solve the physical and sexual abuse going on there! I could hear the collective sigh of relief all the over here in Canada!

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Nathan Aldana

“player experience first,” “thrive together,” and “stay hungry; stay humble.”

jesus fucking christ its like reading the “values” of a fraternity on pledge night right before the hazing starts.

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Armsbend

lmfao – this was a great way to start my morning. perfect!

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socontrariwise

How about “respectful playfulness”, “integrity towards everyone”, “push boundaries, not people”?
But na, that would be too mature and inclusive right?

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Nathan Aldana

also it wouldnt sound like the business major/corporatized sports star bullshit that “stay hungry, stay humble” is.

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K38FishTacos

We’re going to police ourselves, now. This time it’ll be different. You’ll see.

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Hamblepants

Unless 90% of the smartest and most wilful managers, directors, execs, C-levels want this culture to change then it absolutely won’t.

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Bruno Brito

Which they don’t.

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Tuor of Gondolin

Company rule #142: Girls do *not* have cooties.

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Randy Savage

Unless you met them on Tinder. Then they probably have cooties and you should use protection.

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Roger Christie

As long as they call their customers ‘Rioters’, message not received.

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Armsbend

Those are employees. Riot has more than 1700 customers. They are likely counting Tencent – although I doubt Tencent China cares one iota about this token manifesto.

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Roger Christie

Well, the point stands either way although I was under the impression they called both employees AND customers Rioters.

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Bruno Brito

No, just the employees.

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smuggler-in-a-yt

I’m not so sure about that. China’s all in on social scoring. This manifesto lines up well with that.

“GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA! Cause no trouble.”

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Armsbend

I wouldn’t confuse China’s social scoring with our own. You can, but I wouldn’t.

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Darthbawl

“Good luck with that” I don’t have high hopes that this will change much, sadly. It feels so ingrained at that place.

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sizer99

So that’s what they’re using for toilet paper now, huh?

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Bryan Correll

I was going to post something similar. But more crude.

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Bruno Brito

They could tackle it with lawsuits, firings and a fucking investigation.