Riot Commits to Change

A post called "Our First Steps Forward" on the Riot Games Website outlines the developer's initial plan to address their office atmosphere in the future. This follows an article called Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games that Kotaku posted about three weeks ago where stories from current and former staff painted a picture of a "bro culture" at the League of Legends 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 internally:

  • 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.