It looks like Riot Games won’t be escaping unscathed from the accusations of gender discrimination that were uncovered a few months ago. One current and one former employee are suing the League of Legends developer for what Kotaku calls “endemic gender-based discrimination.”

The suit alleges that the plaintiffs were “denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women” and that they were “negatively impacted” due to the “sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games.” Both plaintiffs believe that they were regularly passed over for promotions and titles that went to men.

Following Kotaku’s original exposé of the “culture of sexism” at Riot, corroborated by several other former employees, the company promised to improve its conditions. That might work for the future, but the past could still come back to haunt — and cost — Riot.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. This is the third comment about Kotaku and how they are composed of “journalists” who are Social Justice Warriors and their opinions are biased and not real and nothing like what’s happening in the real world.

  2. While we have no way of actually knowing how things really work/used to work at Riot, the statement of “Both plaintiffs believe that they were regularly passed over for promotions and titles that went to men.” is something that really can’t be proven or disproven.
    It’s the nature of people to think they are better than others, who hasn’t thought he is more qualified or more productive than others?
    While people might think they have been passed over, the one who decided on the promotion could have an entirely different view on that.
    We are fast to search for faults in others, while we totally forget to do some self-reflection. No one is free of that, so i think things like this have to be taken with a grain of salt.


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