The League of Legends developer will pay out $10 million in settlement.
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Riot Games, the development studio behind League of Legends, has agreed to pay out at least $10 million to women that have worked at the studio over the past five years. This is part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit over alleged gender discrimination within the studio.

This lawsuit began back in November 2018 after two women filed a suit over violations of the California Equal Pay act. The two employees go on to say that they were the victims of gender-based discrimination. The lawsuit claims that the two employees were "denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women." The lawsuit went on to say that they saw their working conditions "negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias."

At the time of the lawsuit being filed, the plaintiffs were seeking compensation for unpaid wages, compensation for damages, and compensation for other penalties.

Details of the lawsuit came out today despite the settlement being agreed upon back in August. As a result of the settlement, the nearly 1,000 women that worked at Riot Games from November 2014 until the date the settlement is finalized will be entitled to a payment from the multi-million-dollar settlement. The exact amount that each employee that self-identifies as female has not yet been determined. However, the amount will depend on how long they have worked for Riot and whether or not they were full-time employees or contractors.

Details of the settlement also include a number of steps Riot has taken to improve its company culture. Some of these steps include a better way to report sexual harassment and discrimination. It also includes a review of all payment, promotion, and hiring practices in an effort to increase fairness and transparency. The studio has also reportedly hired a chief diversity officer as well as creating employee groups that are urged to keep tabs on the company's efforts in being more fair to everyone.

A Riot spokesperson gave a brief statement about the settlement.

"We’re pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit. 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."
It was only back in April of 2019 when employees at Riot threatened to walkout. At the time, Riot was making moves to prevent employees from taking legal action against the company. Employees were also upset over a lack of transparency when it came to supposed course-correction actions from some groups within the company.

Though the details of this recent settlement are promising, it's still a bit too early to say whether or not Riot's ship has finally righted itself.