It's not a good day at all for Riot Games, developers of League of Legends, as their higher management team seem to have found themselves embroiled in controversy over the treatment of employees.
The company entered into controversy by attempting to block legal action from two of their current employees over gender discrimination. The employees allege there's a culture of sexism at the studio, and that the company is not doing enough to tackle it, "sweeping these allegations under the rug".
The motion filed by Riot would force the two employees, who's lawsuits are based on the California Equal Pay Act, into private arbitration, meaning the case would be hidden from public view, would be tried without judge or jury, and will be less likely to guarantee a favourable outcome for the plaintiffs.
I don't know why somebody thought trying to sweep the allegations of sweeping things under the rug under the rug was a good idea, but it's been met with poorly by the workforce who are now planning to stage a walkout.
The walkout has been planned for Monday, May 6th, and has been triggered by "disappointment" in the messages coming from Riot's senior management team. One employee speaking anonymously to Kotaku stated disquiet has been building amongst the staff for some time, but this was the incident that pushed things over the edge;
[Riot's] leadership consistently promised transparency/actions to be taken and then did not deliver on that promise. . . [Kotaku’s] most recent article about forced arbitration finally lit the spark and some folks decided to take action.
We're not sure if it's the entire workforce planning to walk out as of yet, but stay tuned to GameFront for more on this controversy as we learn it.