Riot Games claims it made headway into diversity efforts over 2020


Ever since Riot Games was called out by its own employees and the state of California as a truly toxic and sexist workplace, the studio has been making at least some efforts to police itself, including creating a diversity and inclusion report that outlines efforts by the company to hire female, Black, and underrepresented minorities.

The company’s 2020 self-report is in, and it claims overall incremental gains in representation, new hires, and leadership roles for women and minority groups by either 2% or 3% as compared to 2019. There was one lowered metric, as new female hires were down 28% from 32%.

The report’s announcement further highlights philanthropic efforts by Riot including a $1M pledge to its Social Impact Fund, $10K grants to both the ACLU Foundation and The Innocence Project, and the opening of an Underrepresented Founders Program that has pledged $10M to underrepresented and Black gaming startups.

Riot Games is considered a controversial company in the gaming world following a 2018 exposé of the sexual discrimination and harassment inherent in what workers described as its “bro culture.” The scandal brought forth accusations against multiple developers and high-ranking executives and ultimately led to a developer labor dispute and walk-out. Lawsuits from former workers and the state of California, which has alleged that Riot is refusing to cooperate with its investigation, are ongoing.
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