has the latest on
Riot Games over gender-based discrimination at the League of Legends
developer. Last month
agencies stepped in to object to
a tentative settlement of
allegations of collusion
that lead to a proposed defendant-friendly $10 million payout. Now word is the
plaintiffs have new legal council, who have withdrawn their support for this
settlement. They now have the following statement on this development from Riot
In a statement responding to the news, a Riot Games spokesperson
told GamesIndustry.biz the League of Legends developer was committed to finding
a fair outcome for all parties, one that is "justified by the underlying facts."
"We understand that the plaintiffs' new counsel needs adequate time to review
the proposed settlement agreement and we respect that," said the spokesperson.
"That said, the analysis and discussions which led to the earlier proposed
settlement were comprehensive and thorough, and we believe that the proposal was
fair and adequate under the circumstances."
Riot also described the $400 million figure proposed by the DFEH as
"outrageous," and said that any arguments put forward in favour of sum "can
simply not be made in good faith."
"While we have acknowledged that there is work that we needed to do to better
live up to our values, we have also made clear to our employees that we will
defend ourselves against false narratives and unfair claims that do nothing to
remedy any hardships of actual class members," they added.