Riot Games to pay $10 million to settle gender discrimination suit

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Riot is working to remove its culture of "crotch-grabbing, phantom humping" and more.

League of Legends’ Riot Games will pay $10 million USD to self-identifying female employees to settle a long-running gender discrimination suit, the Los Angeles Times today reports.

Documents detailing the settlement of the lawsuit, which wrapped up in August, say that approximately 1,000 women will receive a chunk of the total payout, with amounts varying depending on time at Riot and employment status (full-time versus contracted workers).

The settlement also details the changes Riot will make in order to remove the “bro culture” that has manifested itself — internal programs for reporting sexual harassment will be boosted alongside a review of pay, an increase in transparency around hiring practices and more.

“We’re pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit,” a Riot spokesperson told the LA Times. “The settlement is another important step forward, and demonstrates our commitment to living up to our values and to making Riot an inclusive environment for the industry’s best talent.”

Kotaku was the first to report on Riot’s toxic culture, with reports of “crotch-grabbing, phantom humping, and sending unsolicited and unwelcome pictures of male genitalia” taking place at Riot’s offices. The company currently employs approximately 2,500 staff in offices around the world, including Australia.