called "Our First Steps Forward" on the Riot Games Website
developer's initial plan to address their office atmosphere in the future. This
article called Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
posted about three weeks ago
from current and former staff painted a picture of a "bro culture" at the
developer. That story quotes Riot pushing
back on this notion, but their new update admits to a problem and commits to change.
They outline a seven-step plan to get them started in a new direction, along
with mea culpas and apologies:
For the past three weeks, we’ve
been focused on listening and learning. As a company, we’re used to patching
problems ASAP, but this patch will not happen overnight. 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.
To All Those We’ve Let Down
Before we get into that, we have a few things to say—some of which we’ve said
- To Rioters, contractors, former Rioters, and
past contractors: We’re sorry. We’re sorry that Riot hasn’t always
been—or wasn’t—the place we promised you. And we’re sorry it took so long
for us to hear you. In the days, weeks, months, years to come, we’re going
to make Riot a place we can all be proud of.
- To players and fans, past and present:
We’re humbled by the time you’ve spent with us. We know that the studio
behind a game can be an important part of how you feel about that game. We
know we’ve let you down and we’re committed to fixing that.
- To people considering a career at Riot: We
understand if you have some doubt or hesitation. But we also need you now
more than ever. We need people who will drive change and fight for what’s
right. Building Riot wasn’t easy. Rebuilding it won’t be either. But the
promise of Riot’s future is stronger than ever and if you’re up for being
part of the solution, we want to meet you.
- To current and prospective partners: We
know you have questions about Riot’s culture, and our future. We ask for
some patience as we focus internally on taking the steps to heal and
improve. We’re committed to you, as we are to Rioters, that we’re going to
set the bar high on culture and that we’ll update you as we make progress.