Riot Games Won’t Budge on Arbitration Clause, Despite Employee Walk-Out

Riot Games, the publisher behind League of Legends, released a statement concerning their much disputed arbitration policy, a week after 200 employees walked off the job to protest said policy. The company confirmed that it will keep its requirement that employees’ sexual-harassment or discrimination complaints be handled through arbitration, rejecting employee demands.

According to the company: “Ultimately, given the complexities of ongoing litigation, we will not change our employee agreements while in active litigation. We know not everyone agrees with this decision, but we also know everyone does want Riot to continue to improve.” Riot Games plans to create a council on diversity and inclusion, and has invited “a diverse group” of employees to take part in reviewing aspects of its code of conduct.

Management also celebrated the protest later on in the official statement. “The Rioter walkout was an important moment in our company’s transformation, and it reaffirmed our commitment to keep fighting to make this the company we believe it can be.”

Riot Games employees Indu Reddy, Ronnie Blackburn, and Jocelyn Monahan — the three leaders behind last week’s employee walkout — released their own statement this past Friday. “We’re disappointed leadership doesn’t seem to be considering any major changes to their active policy.” The employees, however, stated that they have been “blown away by the passion, solidarity and vulnerability that workers who support the walkout are showing.” They plan to share more on their next steps later this week.

The company did change its “company values” policy in the aftermath of the “bro culture” accusations, which asserted that the publisher actively promoted a sexist work environment that prioritized male workers over their female counterparts, as well as allowing sexual harassment to run rampant in the workplace.

The employee walkout took place on May 6th between the hours of 2:00pm PST to 4:00pm PST. At the time, company officials had confirmed that no action would be taken against any employees participating in the protest. Prior to the walkout, Riot Games management had been opening up internal dialogue about the company’s culture and promised internal changes.

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Newest League of Legends Champion is the Shapeshifter Neeko

After weeks of rumors and discussion, Riot Games has finally revealed the latest champion that will be coming to League of Legends and I’m already frustrated just watching her in action.

Neeko the chameleon is the 142nd champ to join the League of Legends roster and as her name implies, she will be able to shapeshift. Neeko contains a tail like a chameleon along with a vibrant, many-colored character model.

As seen in Neeko’s reveal trailer, when standing next to friendly players she can take the same form as that champion to trick enemy opponents. It’s a dastardly skill to have and as someone who cannot stand tricky champs like LeBlanc already, Neeko looks like my nightmare come to life.

As for other abilities that Neeko seems to possess, it looks as though she can create a clone of her current self to send out at any point to even further confuse opponents. She also seems to possess an ability with slight crowd control in addition to a move that splits her into two different chameleons, much like with LeBlanc’s passive.

The first trailer revealing Neeko is attached below. As of now, there is no release date for Neeko but I’d have to imagine she’ll be arriving in the game in the coming weeks. We’ll also likely get a new Champion Spotlight video showing off the specifics of Neeko’s kit in the near future.

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Clutch Gaming and Team Liquid Advance in League of Legends NA LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs

The quarterfinal round of the North American LCS Spring Split Playoffs are in the book and they were just about as crazy as we anticipated.

Saturday’s matchup between Team Liquid and Cloud9 was short-lived as Doublelift and company defeated Cloud9 in three straight games. Despite winning three in a row, the matches themselves were anything but easy as Cloud9 looked to be nearing victory more than once, only for things to quickly turn back in Team Liquid’s favor. This matchup just seemed to be a simple case of Team Liquid getting hot at the right time while Cloud9 couldn’t climb out of its recent losing skid. Cloud9’s season ended with them losing eight of their final eleven games.

Sunday’s showdown between Team SoloMid and Clutch Gaming, on the other hand, subverted everyone’s expectations. TSM came into this matchup as heavy favorites, as they had seemed to finally hit their stride during the final few weeks of the regular season. After coming out and continuing this recent dominance by defeating Clutch Gaming in the first game of the series, Clutch gathered themselves and absolutely smashed TSM in the next three games, securing their spot in the semifinals.

TSM’s loss was more than just your typical playoff defeat, however, and instead marks a first in NA LCS history. Upon their elimination, this will mark the first time in the history of the NA LCS that TSM will not participate in the Split finals. Up until this point, TSM had participated in all 10 Split championship matches in history.

The four remaining teams in this Split will also look to be making history of their own, as none of the organizations involved have yet to win a Split banner. In fact, the only three teams who have ever won a Split in the NA LCS — TSM, Counter Logic Gaming, Cloud9 — are now all officially eliminated, which means one of the remaining teams will be able to finally join their ranks.

Team Liquid now advances to face the #2 seed Echo Fox on Saturday, March 31, while Clutch Gaming will see if they can pull off another huge upset by taking down the #1 seeded 1oo Thieves on Sunday, April 1. As this weekend taught us, anything can and will happen in these Spring Split playoffs, so it’s almost useless trying to predict what will occur next.

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