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8 May 2019

Riot Games walk-out amid growing interest in unionisation by workers in gaming industry

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"Riot Games workers walk out to protest forced arbitration of sex discrimination suits", 6 May 2019

\More than 200 workers at Riot Games walked out of the video game developer's Los Angeles headquarters Monday to protest the company's handling of two sexual discrimination lawsuits.

This action, the first of its kind in the video game industry, comes amid a surge in tech worker activism and a growing interest in unionization among game developers...

...At issue is what employees describe as a culture of sexism at the company, as well as Riot's move last month to force the plaintiffs in two sexual discrimination lawsuits into arbitration rather than trial.

"We stand with the current plaintiffs whose alleged abusers remain in leadership positions at Riot," said Riot writer and walkout organizer Dylan Buck...

...The company called an all-hands meeting last week and announced it would give all new hires the choice to opt out of mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment and assault claims "as soon as current litigation is resolved." The company also said it would discuss giving current employees the same option.

"We know that this resolution will not satisfy all Rioters," the company wrote. "We understand and respect Rioters who choose to protest this decision on Monday, and admire their conviction and willingness to stand up for their beliefs."