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Riot Games Denies Employees Option to Avoid Forced Arbitration Following Historic Walkout

  • Riot Games has announced that their arbitration policy will remain in place during active litigation.
  • No clear answer has been provided as to if the policy will change following the completion of litigation.
  • The Riot Games walkout was the largest of its kind in the industry and protested these issues along with claims of an overly sexist environment in the workplace.

Riot Games, developers of League of Legends, has chosen to maintain their forced arbitration policy on issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault for current employees until the conclusion of the cases that are currently open. This comes after a historic walkout, where many employees of the company walked out in protest of the policy. The walkout was supported publicly by Riot leadership, but these more recent actions bring their claims of support into question.

Riot’s official statement on the subject says there are plans to look at the policy following the completion of the ongoing litigation, but the statement given is vague, saying “We remain committed to having a firm answer around extending an opt-out to all Rioters when active litigation concludes.” This does not give a concrete answer on their plans moving forward regarding forced arbitration.

Forced arbitration is when a company contractually voids the right for its employees to formally sue them in court. Rather, all litigation must be handled privately, away from the eye of the public. These practices are often heavily contested by workers’ rights groups on the grounds that they take away the worker’s right to bring their concerns to a public court, and more often than not forced arbitration requires that employees remain quiet on the issue while it is being investigated and privately settled.

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