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Riot brings on former Uber culture fixer to fix up culture

Frei will act as a senior advisor to the studio's culture strike team, having spent a career helping companies evolve and navigate change by fostering inclusivity and teamwork.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

September 12, 2018

1 Min Read

Riot Games has brought in Uber's former senior vice president for leadership and strategy, Frances Frei, to help improve its workplace culture. 

Frei will act as a senior advisor to the League of Legends creator's culture strike team, having spent a career helping companies such as Uber address their toxic culture by fostering inclusivity and teamwork. 

Her appointment is a direct response to the recent reports of sexism and workplace harassment within Riot, with current and former employees having spoken out against the studio. 

Riot has since published a seven-point plan explaining how it intends to address the issue, while also apologizing to those affected. 

Frei believes it's clear Riot is making a concentrated effort to right those wrongs, which is why she's chosen to join forces with the game maker. 

"After spending time with Riot’s leadership and many others across the organization, it became clear that Riot is truly putting everything on the table and committing to evolving its culture," she commented. 

"In my interactions with Rioters, I’ve seen extraordinary levels of engagement on these issues across the company. Every Rioter with whom I’ve met truly cares about inclusion, which means real change is possible. 

"Riot isn’t interested simply in fixing problems on the surface, it has the ambition to be an industry leader and to provide a roadmap for others to follow. I share that ambition and am eager to help Riot navigate this process."

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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