Riot Games clears CEO of harassment, discrimination allegations

Riot Games’ examination of president Nicolo Laurent, following a work environment discrimination suit submitted versus the League of Legends business in January, was “unable to find any evidence that would justify a sanction of any kind,” a committee of the business’s board of directors stated on Tuesday.

An unique committee of the board stated it “concluded that there was no evidence that Laurent harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against” Sharon O’Donnell, a previous executive assistant whose civil match declares Laurent did do such things. The committee, formed from Riot board members who are not business co-founders, employed an outdoors law practice to examine the matter. That company and the committee reported the lead to the declaration published to the business site.

“This is not a recommendation we take lightly,” the board committee stated. “In cases involving high-ranking executives, we recognize that power dynamics can often give rise to behaviors and biases that infect the experiences of others within the organization in toxic ways. Moreover, in many such cases, reaching a conclusion about these kinds of allegations can be difficult.”

That was not the case with the claims versus Laurent, according to the company’s report. In mid-January, O’Donnell submitted a suit versus Riot and Laurent in Los Angeles Superior Court, declaring that Laurent had actually propositioned her, asked her to take a trip with him and work from his house, then had her fired after she reported the matter to Riot’s personnels department.

O’Donnell’s suit, coming so not long after an extremely advertised investigative report into Riot’s workplace culture and treatment of ladies, and a class-action match that followed it, triggered the board of directors to both assemble an unique examination, and after that to openly discuss its findings, the board committee stated.

The committee stated that “if any additional material evidence of inappropriate conduct on the part of Laurent were to come to light, we would request that Riot reopen the investigation without hesitation and without prejudice.”

Grabbed extra remark, a Riot Games representative referred Polygon readers to the business’s declarations on its site. O’Donnell’s lawyer decreased to comment even more on their case.

On Riot’s site, Laurent stated O’Donnell’s “allegations of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation involving me are not true. Nothing of that nature, or even remotely close to it, ever happened.”

“I can say with certainty that if these allegations were true, the Special Committee would have recommended my termination and the board would have fired me,” Laurent composed.

For its part, Riot Games called the Laurent examination “rigorous,” and kept in mind that “we’ve parted ways with senior leaders when we’ve validated inappropriate or discriminatory behavior. […] We were fully prepared to do so again.”

In a somewhat-related extra advancement, The Esports Observer reported on Monday that Dell’s Alienware subsidiary had actually ended a sponsorship arrangement with Riot Games one year prior to the offer was set to end. The Observer’s report pointed out an unnamed source, who stated Alienware’s departure was due to the fact that of “concern with the game developer’s public image amid harassment claims and other controversies.”

A Riot Games representative informed Polygon that the business would not discuss its offer with Alienware, which started in 2019. However, “as we continue discussions with them, we have removed their branding from our broadcasts,” the representative stated.

Polygon has actually connected to an Alienware agent for extra remark.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.