Riot Games has issued a statement following reports of sexism, discrimination, and sexual harassment throughout the company. An article published last night by Kotaku cites 28 current and former Riot employees, and contains multiple reports of a male-dominated work environment. Riot Games is primarily known for the development of the MOBA and major esport League of Legends, although it is currently working on increasing its library of games.
In a statement, Riot said that “this article shines a light on areas where we haven’t lived up to our own values, which will not stand at Riot. We’ve taken action against many of the specific instances in the article, and we’re committed to digging in, addressing every issue, and fixing the underlying causes.”
The statement, obtained by ESPN in response to the original Kotaku article, goes on to say that “all Rioters must be accountable for creating an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to be heard, grow their role, advance in the organization, and fulfill their potential; and one where open feedback helps us all get better.”
Issued by Riot’s corporate communications lead Joe Hixson, the statement also adds “we strive to cultivate a unique culture that positions us to best deliver amazing player experiences: one where we obsessively focus on players.” The initial article referenced Riot’s hiring policy, which is said to aggressively hire those they describe as ‘core gamers’.
Following the publication of the article last night, more Riot employees – both those sourced in the article and some who were not – took to social media to share their experiences within the company, as well as those of current and former colleagues.