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4 weeks ago

Riot Games claim they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle gender discrimination lawsuit

League Of Legends developers Riot Games have this week agreed to settle one of the class action lawsuits levied against them, paying up to the women who sued them for gender discrimination. Hooray for those women getting what they consider to be a fair settlement; may it be all that they deserve. Boo to…well, where do we begin.

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2 months ago

Riot Games confirm they’re making a fighting game

League Of Legends developer Riot Games have confirmed that they are working on a fighting game. The announcement came via EVO 2019, thanks to the event’s founder and Riot employee Tom Cannon. “I’m not here to say the game’s coming out any time soon,” he cautioned, “but I do feel like we’re making progress and I felt like it was only appropriate that we reset…

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League Of Legends auto battler Teamfight Tactics is here to stay

League's tossed out a lot of alternative modes over the years. ARAM (All Random All Mid) was always a blast, but do you remember the daft event ones like Odyssey: Extraction? Star Guardian: Invasion? PROJECT// Overcharge? Did any of you ever actually play Dominion or Twisted Treeline back in the day? Me neither. Riot are done making throwaway modes - from now on, any new…

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New study finds that 74% have been harassed in online multiplayer games

According to a recent study by civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 74% of people who play online multiplayer games have experienced some form of harassment, with 65% experiencing “severe” harassment, which may include physical threats or stalking. And that's only the start of their downpour of awful numbers, which cover bigotry, extremist views, which games have the worst occurrence rates, and more.

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3 months ago

Innovative new controller lets you ragequit by pouring literal salt

If only there was an easier way to stop playing your favourite games. The infuriating multiplayer ones, I mean - mid-session while you're at the peak of being piqued. I'm guilty of a ragequit or three, and I'm thrilled at the prospect of future anger absconsions being facilitated by the literal manifestation of my salt. The dream is real thanks to Eric Heckman, a YouTuber…

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League Of Legends joins Auto Chess craze with Teamfight Tactics today

The megaMOBA League Of Legends today officially joins the Auto Chess craze with the launch of Teamfight Tactics, an 'autobattler' mode based on the mega-popular Dota 2 mod Auto Chess. Yes, the same mod whose makers are working on a standalone version, Auto Chess, and which Valve have copied for their own spin-off, Dota Underlords. It's been a busy year for a mod which, back…

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League Of Legends riffing on Dota Auto Chess with Teamfight Tactics

Riot Games have announced a new League Of Legends mode named Teamfight Tactics, which is heavily inspired by Dota 2 mod Auto Chess. Y'know, the turn-based mod about buying and melding AI-controlled heroes, which has grown so popular that Valve are making an official standalone spin-off. Teamfight Tactics looks like that but in LoL and with a few tweaks to make it fresh and friendlier.…

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4 months 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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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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5 months 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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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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8 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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9 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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11 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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1 year 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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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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