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Riot reaches $100m settlement in gender discrimination case

Riot reaches $100m settlement in gender discrimination case

League of Legends maker Riot Games has reached a $100 million settlement in a 2018 gender discrimination lawsuit.

In a post on its website, the company said that it would be paying out $80 million to the participants of a class-action lawsuit who allege a culture of sexism at the game developer. The other $20 million is being paid out for legal fees and other expenses.

As well as paying a monetary fine, Riot has also said that it will be bringing in third-party reporting and pay equity processes.

This $100 million settlement is pending final approval from a court.

“This historic agreement reflects California’s commitment to strategic and effective government enforcement of the State’s robust equal-pay, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment laws,” said the director of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Kevin Kish.

“If entered by the court, this decree will compensate employees and contractors affected by sex discrimination and harassment, ensure lasting change in this workplace, and send the message that all industries in California, including the gaming industry, must provide equal pay and workplaces free from discrimination and harassment.”

The $100 million is significantly higher than the original $10 million settlement that Riot initially reached with DFEH following the lawsuit being filed back in 2018. Said figure was "fair and adequate" according to the League of Legends maker.

It's also significantly lower than the $400 million that DFEH said that members of the class-action lawsuit deserved.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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