Riot Games staff planning walk-out

Riot Games staff planning walk-out

Staff at League of Legends maker Riot Games are planning a walk out next week over news that two women attempting to sue the company are being forced into private arbitration.

That's according to Kotaku, which says that employees are going to be doing a walk-out on Monday, May 6th. Meanwhile Waypoint reports that newly-hired chief diversity officer Angela Roseboro sent a message to staff saying that the company knows its staff do not feel heard and that there needs to be an open dialogue.

“I know yesterday’s article about Riot’s motion to compel arbitration feels like we’re not moving forward. And I have to say for me, it demonstrates we still have work to do,” Roseboro said.

“There are pros, cons, and nuances to the discussion of arbitration, especially given the active litigation against Riot. It can be complex so these types of topics are best discussed live where it’s easier to have a conversation.”

In a statement to Polygon, Riot said: "While we won’t discuss details about ongoing litigation, we look forward to resolving all matters through the appropriate processes.

"Our commitment to building and sustaining a world-class, inclusive culture at Riot is unchanged and we value everyone who has come forward to help us become a better company. We have acknowledged that there are improvements we can make to our culture and community — we have made progress and are hyper-focused on continuing to do so. We have been evaluating all of our procedures and policies, including those related to arbitration. All of that work is well underway, and as we move forward, we will not hesitate to implement changes once we have thoughtfully assessed that these changes move us is the right direction for Riot and Rioters.

"We’re proud of our colleagues for standing up for what they believe in. We always want Rioters to have the opportunity to be heard, so we’re sitting down today to listen to their opinions and learn more about their perspectives on arbitration. We will also be discussing this topic during our biweekly all-company town hall on Thursday. Both are important forums for us to discuss our current policy and listen to feedback, which are important parts of evaluating all of our procedures and policies, including those related to arbitration."

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