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Riot paying over 1,500 women as part of gender discrimination settlement

Activision Blizzard has also made six figure payments to those involved in a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit.

Chris Kerr

May 5, 2023

1 Min Read
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Axios is reporting that over 1,500 current and former employees at Riot Games will be receiving settlement payments related to workplace misconduct.

Riot was granted preliminary approval to establish a $100 million gender discrimination settlement in July 2022 so it can hand out payments to those affected by issues at the League of Legends creator.

According to a report filed by Rust Consulting, which handled the settlement process, Riot has agreed to issue payments to 1,548 current and former women employees, including both full-time and contract workers.

The agreement will see Riot issue initial payments of $2,500 to $5,000 to those who worked for the company, with additional payments of up to $40,000 following based on employment status and tenure.

Activision Blizzard follows suit

Activision Blizzard has also made six figure payments to hundreds of people who were involved in a 2021 lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), concerning sexual harassment and pay inequity.

The settlement was approved by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer in March 2022 and created a pathway for those affected by sexual harassment, pay or promotion disparity at the Call of Duty publisher from September 2016 onwards to receive compensation.

Speaking to Axios, an EEOC representative explained that "nearly all" of the $18 million victims fund has been distributed, and said the remainder will be donated to equality coalition Reboot Representation.

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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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