Riot Games calmly agrees to pay $100 million to settle lawsuit

League of Legends developer Riot Games can finally close a painful chapter in its history books. After three years of legal action, Riot has agreed to cough up a total of $100 million to settle the ongoing gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit. That’s ten times more than Riot initially bargained for, but hey… at least they can call it a day now.

In case you didn’t know, Riot Games is one of the first big game developers that took a lot of flak regarding its alleged toxic workplace culture. Sexual harassment, a lack of equality… all the stuff that got Ubisoft and Activision-Blizzard in trouble got Riot in trouble as well. Just like the other two, Riot soon admitted its flaws and publicly apologized. To show how serious they were, a sum of 10 million dollars was offered to those affected.

Generous as that might seem, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing found that figure laughable. As reported by gamesindustry.biz, the DFEH had a different figure in mind. $400 million, to be exact. Especially since Riot felt like playing hardball, forcing arbitration policies, preventing people from taking claims to court.

Lucky for Riot Games, the plaintiff agreed on meeting in the middle, figuratively speaking. By paying  $80 million to current, former full-time employees, and temps, Riot has gotten away without too much uproar. Most of the other $20 million is owed to attorneys, according to Riot’s latest statement.

Now that everything seems done and done, Riot can reflect on past events. Where mistakes were being made, lessons are now to be learned from them.

“Three years ago, Riot was at the heart of what became a reckoning in our industry. We had to face the fact that despite our best intentions, we hadn’t always lived up to our values. As a company we stood at a crossroads; we could deny the shortcomings of our culture, or we could apologize, correct course, and build a better Riot. We chose the latter. We’re incredibly grateful to every Rioter who has worked to create a culture where inclusivity is the norm, where we’re deeply committed to fairness and equality, and where embracing diversity fuels creativity and innovation.

While we’re proud of how far we’ve come since 2018, we must also take responsibility for the past. We hope that this settlement properly acknowledges those who had negative experiences at Riot and demonstrates our desire to lead by example in bringing more accountability and equality to the games industry.”

Let’s all hope that Riot actually acts appropriately from now on. The industry is in dire need of a good reset if you ask me. On to the next one, I say.

Well hello there, Activision-Blizzard…