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League of Legends

2 days ago

Riot Games management seem unmoved after staff walkout

Unsurprisingly, but no less frustrating for it, Riot Games (League Of Legends) management aren't backing down from their stance on forced arbitration. This company policy is preventing two current employees from suing over gender discrimination, and the primary reason for the recent staff walkout. They have, at least, said they'd end forced arbitration for new and future staff, but according to a public statement released last night,…

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5 days ago

Riot Games apologise for LoL event’s risk to epileptic players

Riot Games have apologised after part of a new League Of Legends event proved a problem for some players with photosensitive epilepsy, more than most of the game usually is. Riot say they had considered an option to disable the flashy animations which risk triggering seizures in some photosensitive players but they were short on time so, with a choice between launching without the option…

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2 weeks ago

Over 150 Riot Games employees walked out to protest forced arbitration

Around 150-200 Riot Games employees walked out from the League Of Legends developers' Los Angeles studio yesterday, reports say, to protest the company contracts blocking lawsuits. Riot recently tried to shut down two sexual discrimination lawsuits by pointing out employee contracts waive the right to court claims, being forced to settle disputes through arbitration. That's a private process which is known to benefit employers more…

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Riot Games to end forced arbitration in sexual harrassment and assault claims – for new staff

Future Riot Games employees will be able to opt out of forced arbitration to pursue "individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims" against the company, the League Of Legends developers have announced. Riot have faced accusations of widespread workplace harrassment and discrimination over the past year, of building a culture which protected perpetrators. Two female employees are currently trying to sue the company for discrimination,…

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3 weeks ago

Riot Games facing staff walkout after attempts to block lawsuits

As much as League Of Legends studio Riot Games has sworn to clean up their act after multiple scathing reports of sexism and abuse within the company, it hasn't been enough for their staff. While it doesn't look like the in-house term 'Rioter' will become literal, Waypoint report that employees are considering walking out. This appears to be in response to the company's attempts to use…

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Riot Games move to block discrimination lawsuits with arbitration clause

Mere months after declaring new company values for a brighter, more inclusive future, Riot Games - developers of MOBA monolith League Of Legends - are at it again. As reported by Kotaku's Cecilia D'Anastasio, the company are attempting to force two of the women involved (and still currently employed) in a gender discrimination lawsuit into private arbitration, which would end the legal action. Riot's attorney…

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4 months ago

Riot Games declare new company values, continue to miss the point

Riot Games have unveiled a new set of company values, intending to look forward to a bright and friendly future following last year's public dissection of their garbage workplace culture of harrassment and exclusion. The League Of Legends developers say the manifesto they wrote in 2012 "served us well for many years, but didn't evolve along with us." What they continue to miss is that…

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5 months ago

Riot executive reportedly suspended for two months for inappropriate behaviour

Riot Games have punished chief operating officer Scot Gelb with two months' unpaid suspension plus a little training, Kotaku report, for his highly visible role in the recent public revelations that Riot's workplace culture is a trash fire. Gelb was the fella alleged to have slapped other men's testicles, dry humped co-workers, and farted in faces. When the League Of Legends developers broadly acknowledged complaints…

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League Of Legends dropping Windows XP and Vista in 2019

Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP and Vista years ago, but the vintage operating systems have still been supported by an ever-dwindling number of games - a number which will dwindle further when League Of Legends ditches them in 2019. Part of what made the MOBA a mega-hit was that it can on pretty much any PC built in the past 15 years, but…

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6 months ago

Two Riot Games folks sue the company for sexual discrimination

One former and one current employee of Riot Games are suing the League Of Legends developers, claiming they have "been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women" as well as having suffered in that festering workplace culture of sexual discrimination and harrassment. They accuse Riot of behaviour including "violation of the California Equal Pay Act" and "failure to prevent discrimination,…

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8 months ago

Riot Games fire at least one employee after diversity panel backlash

Less than two weeks ago, League of Legends developer Riot Games apologised for their reportedly inappropriate workplace culture and promised to “rebuild” to the extent that they would “become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and culture.” Now, they’ve fired at least one developer for defending the sessions that they held at PAX West that were only open to women and non-binary participants.

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9 months ago

Riot Games apologise for workplace culture they let fester, vow to ‘become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and culture’

Following numerous reports claiming that Riot Games have long suffered an inappropriate and sexist workplace culture and resisted many attempts to even critique it, let alone change it, the League Of Legends studio have vowed to "rebuild" their culture and "leave no room for sexism or misogyny". A Kotaku report earlier in August drew from 28 current and former Riot employees, painting a picture of…

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10 months ago

League Of Legends experimental Nexus Blitz mode may become permanent

At this point, the MOBA formula feels as well-worn as football, so one of the biggest games out there (potentially) introducing a permanent new playmode is exciting. Nexus Blitz is a new map and mode in testing for League Of Legends, currently playable in early form in the Public Beta Environment. It's a small, messy map with one split lane (plus jungle) where teams are…

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11 months ago

League of Legends’s Clash tourneys delayed indefinitely

Sometimes, even giants can have an off day. Or week. Or few months. League of Legends's new Clash mode (automated, paid tournaments with cosmetic prizes) is officially mothballed until further notice, after an initial failure to launch back in May. In a new development blog post, League lead producer Joseph 'New001' Tung details the technical problems they've been encountering, and why it's going to take…

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12 months ago

League Of Legends Clash? More like LoL Crash!!!

This past weekend was supposed to see the grand debut of the new Clash tournaments in League Of Legends, three-day automated competitions where anyone could form a team and pay a little to enter in the hope of winning glory and cosmetic doodads. It did not turn out that way. When Clash launched on Friday, it was undermined by bugs which caused matches to not…

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1 year ago

Feature: A cup runneth over

League of Legends’ Clash tournaments are everything I’d like Dota’s Battle Cups to be

Competitive games like League of Legends, Dota 2 and Overwatch are at their best when you play them... competitively. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of fun to be had tooling around in casual play - relaxed environments are great for hanging out with friends, or just being silly. It's how I spend 95% of my time playing those sort of games. That other 5%…

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League of Legends next hero is a vengeful ghostpirate

Best lag your timbers, as the next character/hero/champion/wizard coming to League Of Legends is Pyke, the Bloodharbor Ripper, a drowned pirate who's returned from the dead for revenge. He's a moody boy, and a stabby one at that. he's lobbing bone harpoons, swimming into the ghostly ocean apparently unseen around us at all times, dropping drowned spirits, and growling things like "I remember the day…

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S/S/A/W 18: League Of Legends’ new annual Ultimate skin is Gun Goddess Miss Fortune

Now is about time to start for us to start considering our spring wardrobes, but for League Of Legends it's time for an even rarer wardrobe change. Once every year or two, Riot Games release a new Ultimate-grade skin for one character in their MOBA, an expensive makeover with a new look with new animations and effects and all. This year, the lucky recipient is…

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League of Legends publishes its Hextech loot crate odds

As various governmental forces consider imposing restrictions on the sale of boxes of random goodies in games, it seems that at least one major industry player has decided to demystify the process of earning and buying loot crates, perhaps trying to preempt more popular legal proposals to make publishing such details mandatory. In a fairly lengthy guide (which Riot say will be updated as and…

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