At the time when Activision Blizzard (Activision Blizzard) was caught in a workplace sexual harassment prosecution, foreign media discovered that the California government unit “Department of Fair Employment and Housing” (DFEH) had already done so much earlier. Issued a notice of litigation to another well-known game manufacturer, Riot Games, the developer of “League of Legends”.
According to DFEH’s official press release in February this year, DFEH and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DELS) filed a lawsuit against Roit Games for violating multiple labor laws, including gender in recruitment, salary and promotion decisions. Allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation against employees, and solicit more relevant information before making a formal complaint.
In 2018, Riot broke out a collective strike of employees, reporting to the senior management that there are problems of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace, and many employees have filed a complaint. At the end of 2019, Riot and the plaintiffs reached a settlement and will pay 10 million US dollars in compensation, but in February 2020, the plaintiffs proposed a new amount of up to 12 billion US dollars.
The issue of gender discrimination within Riot Games was first revealed by the foreign media Kotaku interviewing insiders in 2018, describing that Riot also has a “bro culture” (bro culture) and the supervisor’s use of sexist terminology. A former employee, Jessica Negron, filed a lawsuit in September, and also accused a male supervisor of Riot of using pornography in the workplace, drugging and sexually assaulting other Riot employees.
According to foreign media PC Gamer, since the increase in compensation, the lawsuit between Riot and its employees has been handled by Genie Harrison Law Firm, and the firm also confirmed that the case is still in progress.
With the outbreak of the California government DFEH’s prosecution against Activision Blizzard, overseas communities have also begun to pay a lot of attention to the workplace working environment of major game companies. In March this year, there was also a scandal involving Riot CEO’s sexual harassment. Dell’s e-sports brand News of Alienware’s termination of cooperation.