theScore esports Daily (May 7): Riot Games employees stage walkout, Darshan leaves CLG

by Devin Jones 6 months ago
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Riot Games employees stage walkout over forced arbitration policy

More than 150 Los Angeles-based Riot Games employees staged a walkout on Monday afternoon, in protest of forced arbitration policies and an alleged sexist work culture that has failed to change despite multiple media investigations into the League of Legends developer.

In August of 2018, Kotaku published an in-depth investigation into the culture of sexism at Riot Games, helping spark five different lawsuits from current or former employees of the company.

Riot Games pushed two of those lawsuits into forced arbitration, a legal motion that's defined by as "a company requiring a consumer or employee to submit any dispute that may arise to binding arbitration as a condition of employment or buying a product or service. The employee or consumer is required to waive their right to sue, to participate in a class action lawsuit, or to appeal. Forced arbitration is mandatory, the arbitrator’s decision is binding, and the results are not public."

On May 3, Riot Games released a public statement saying that "As soon as current litigation is resolved, we will give all new Rioters the choice to opt-out of mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims."

While many of the people participating in the walkout were there to show solidarity, many are also protesting the lack of identifiable changes within the organization since the investigations brought these issues to light.

Towards the end of the Riot Games walkout, one of the principal protestors, Jocelyn Monahan, a social listening strategist at Riot, stated that if the company doesn't make any changes to its forced arbitration policy by May 16, her and others involved with the walkout will take further action.

Recently, thousands of Google employees staged a similar walk-out protesting similar forced arbitration policy within the company.

CLG veteran Darshan leaves roster

Two-time LCS champion and longtime member of CLG's Leauge of Legends roster, Darshan "Darshan" Upadhyaya, has decided to leave the team after four years with the organization.

Announced via CLG's Twitter account, Darshan followed up CLG's tweet with a message of his own, writing "No longer under contract with CLG, and I am a free agent for the 2019 summer split. Open to opportunities in any region primarily as top lane, but open to any role/position," citing coach as an example.

Darshan joined CLG prior to the start of the 2015 North American LCS Spring Split, winning two championships with the team and made it to 2016 MSI finals.

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