League of Legends dev Riot Games is officially investigated for alleged gender discrimination

The developer of the popular League of Legends the game faces accusations and lawsuits over what is allegedly a toxic workplace culture, culminating in a massive strike when the company tried to force two women into arbitration instead of having their day in the courtroom. But now it appears that the state of California has quietly investigated the game developer – and that Riot did not play a ball.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing just announced (through Kotaku) that it is legally trying to force Riot to cough up employee salary data so that it can see if Riot pays women less than men because Riot has refused to provide that data voluntarily.

The surprising part is of course that we had no idea that Riot has been officially examined so far. Overall, the agency says that the & # 39; alleged unequal pay, sexual harassment, assault, retaliation, and gender discrimination in selection and promotion & # 39; investigates.

"DFEH has wide authority to investigate potential violations of civil rights laws in California, similar to the procedures of the grand jury," reads part of a statement from Kevin Kish, director of DFEH. "When companies do not voluntarily participate in our investigation, including our investigation, DFEH will exercise its right to seek assistance from the courts. If we do, we will ensure that our investigations are informed by relevant evidence and without undue delay. completed. "

At the end of May, after the strike at Riot Games, the organizers told The edge that they continue to discuss the problem with the company in other ways, including internal petitions. The company hired a new Chief Diversity Officer in March, before the strike.