League of Legends Developer Offering New Hires Cash to Quit

League of Legends developer Riot has announced new “Queue Dodge” options for its employees that it hopes will engender a more positive work culture.

According to the studio, new employees will henceforth have the option to exit the company in exchange for a payout equal to 10 percent of their annual salary. The offer is currently restricted to North America and will be available for 60 days following an employee’s initial hire date. Payouts will be capped at $25,000. It’s Riot’s hope that these new options will help to “reinforce Riot’s culture.”

“We operate on a foundation of shared mission, values, passion, trust, and mutual respect,” said the company in an announcement. “If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, they’d be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck. Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players. We’ve designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way.”

The studio would go on to affirm that it “carefully vet[s]” all of its new hires via a “rigorous interview process.” Even so, it admitted that “mismatches” still slip through the cracks. With the new Queue Dodge options, the company aims to give employees an avenue to “resolve [issues] quickly” rather than allowing problems to “fester.”

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