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Riot Games Respond to Reports of Widespread Sexism Within the Company

Published: 29/Aug/2018 18:57 Updated: 29/Aug/2018 19:00

by Joe O'Brien


Riot Games have released on official statement in response to reports of sexism and misogyny in the company.

A report by Kotaku on August 7 alleged rampant sexism within the company, with multiple current and former employees describing examples of sexism and misogyny at a variety of levels.

Among the accusations levelled at the company were that female employees were talked over and their ideas dismissed, despite the same ideas being accepted when later proposed by male colleagues, and were passed up for promotion in favor of male candidates with less experience.

It was also reported that female employees were more rigorously quizzed to prove that they were “gamers” – a label that Riot deemed integral for employees to identify with and which was defined according to what Riot deemed “real games”.

The full picture painted by the 7000+ word report can only be seen by reading the original in its entirety, but it was certainly a damning look at the culture inside a company that has routinely condemned “toxicity” in gaming, going further than perhaps any other developer to identify and punish behaviour in its game it deems inappropriate.

Riot Games has now officially responded to the reports, which were corroborated by further stories once the original broke, apologizing and laying out steps to improve the company atmosphere and culture.

“We will weave this change into our cultural DNA and leave no room for sexism or misogyny. Inclusivity, diversity, respect, and equality are all non-negotiable. While there is much to improve, there is a tremendous amount of good at Riot that will drive this change. This is our top priority until we get it right.”

In the short term, Riot Games plan to revisit the principles behind its internal culture, including how they define a gamer, and will be bringing in external experts to help identify and solve issues. They will also be focusing on educating employees to help foster an inclusive environment.

Riot’s full statement on the matter can be read here.

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LoL fans shocked by LEC roster rumors

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:16

by Lauren Bergin


As the League of Legends 2020 World Championships draw ever closer to conclusion, rumors regarding the future of some of Europe’s top players have fans shocked. 

Worlds 2020 has been a wild competition. It’s seen collapse of some of the LoL universe’s most popular teams, including TSM being eliminated without winning a single game and G2 Esports failing to reach the World Finals for the first time in two years.

Instead, fans have watched teams that were initially pegged as underdogs become dominant forces, especially Suning, who no one saw as a real contender, never mind Worlds finalists.

A lot of top tier teams have been left reeling after their performances, but none more so than Fnatic. Their playoff match against Top Esports saw victory brutally snatched away, and many fans have been left wondering if this performance was the nail in the Fnatic coffin.

Fnatic on LEC stage
Michal Konkol, Riot Games
Is this the end of one of Fnatic’s most iconic rosters?

Rumor has it that there may be changes for Fnatic

A tweet from LEC roster rumor trackers LEC Wooloo has stated that Bwipo and Hylissang, two of Fnatic’s most divisive players, may be exploring other options. While the tweet says that they are still tied to Fnatic, it notes that a lot of other LEC teams are interested in the dynamic duo.

The tweet goes even further; explaining that if Hylissang does move to a different team then the current support for TSM Erik ‘Treatz’ Wessén is lined up to replace him. This is a bold move considering TSM’s diabolical showing at Worlds, but equally many Fnatic fans aren’t convinced that Hylissangs 50/50 plays are doing Fnatic many favours.

The final part of the tweet that will likely have Fnatic fans breathing a sigh of relief is that Fnatic’s best performing player Rekkles will be remaining with the franchise. The iconic face of Fnatic has stood out this year for his resilience and fluid captaincy, so even with a new roster Rekkles is likely to shine.

What would this mean?

While Fnatic have always remained one of Europe’s most dominant teams, changes could either hinder the team or propel them forward. While many Fnatic fans have blamed Bwipo and Hylissang for Fnatic’s rocky performances, Hylissang was one of the standout players of the TES series.

The old saying ‘it’s better the devil you know’ springs to mind, but either way Fnatic will remain a team to be feared so long as Rekkles remains on the roster. It’ll be interesting to see how this story continues to develop – if it does at all.