A very popular video game company settled a class action sexual discrimination lawsuit from hundreds of current and former female employees by agreeing to pay them $10 million.
In November 2018, two women who worked at League of Legends developer Riot Games for violating the California Equal Pay act.
A Riot spokesman, Joe Hixson, said the company was pleased to have a settlement that resolved the lawsuit, calling it an important step that demonstrates Riot's commitment to creating an "inclusive environment for the industry's best talent".
A current employee told Kotaku: "It's hard to heal and move on when we are faced with the reality that at the end of the day, Riot prefers to pay the women still here for the trouble of continuing to work with alleged abusers", regarding the continuation of the contract of employees who were named in the lawsuit.
The company has approximately 2,500 employees at offices around the world and brought in an estimated $1.4 billion in revenue in 2018. The plaintiffs and Riot itself have both agreed to the proposed terms of the settlement, but it will need to be approved by the court before being finalised.
The lawsuit said that culture led to sexual harassment and misconduct.
A separate report in August of this year suggests that many employees feel optimistic about the progress Riot has made since the allegations of harassment and discrimination went public.
The suit also alleged that outspoken female employees faced retaliation from Riot, including "denied promotions, refusals to provide increased compensation or equal pay, demotions, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, losses of benefits, suspensions, terminations, and other adverse employment actions".
In response to the scandal, Riot committed to a series of internal initiatives to add more women to its leadership, close wage gaps, and change its company culture.