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League Of Legends Creator Riot Games To Pay $ 100 Million In Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Tencent’s Riot initially agreed to pay $ 10 million to settle the 2018 lawsuit. (File)

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Riot Games, creator of the hugely popular “League of Legends,” announced Monday that it has agreed to pay $ 100 million to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit was originally filed by two former employees in 2018 who alleged gender discrimination, sexual harassment and misconduct at the US-based company.

Riot is the latest game developer to face judgment, with companies grappling with a slew of complaints of gender-based discrimination and harassment in recent years.

It will pay out $ 80 million to members of the 2018 class action lawsuit, including hundreds of current and former California employees, Riot said in a statement, under the deal with state agencies and several private plaintiffs. .

An additional $ 20 million will go to plaintiffs’ legal fees, he added.

The deal has yet to be finalized in court, with a hearing scheduled in the coming months, Riot said.

In a statement, the tech giant said it was “at the heart of what has become a calculus in our industry”, and that they have chosen to “correct course and build a better riot.”

“Although we are proud of the progress made since 2018, we must also take responsibility for the past,” the statement added.

The company will have its internal pay equity and reporting processes monitored by a third party – approved by Riot and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) – for three years.

Riot initially agreed to pay $ 10 million to settle the 2018 lawsuit, but that settlement was blocked after intervention by state regulators, the DFEH and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), arguing that the victims could be entitled to up to $ 400 million.

Earlier this year, Riot faced allegations of sexual misconduct against its chief executive officer Nicolo Laurent and launched an independent review which concluded in March that there was no evidence to support the charges.

The deal comes as video game giant Activision Blizzard faces employee protests, as well as a lawsuit in California, alleging the company allowed toxic working conditions and sexual harassment against women .

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