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Apex Legends Lead Designer Fired After Community Unearths Sexist and Racist Posts

Content warning: This article contains quotes and sources to blog posts that are sexist, misogynistic, and racist in nature. Daniel Z. Klein, a lead game designer on Apex Legends, announced yesterday that as of last Friday he is no longer working at Respawn. The announcement comes after a number of…

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Riot Executive Resigns After Sharing Meme Praising George Floyd’s Death

A Riot Games executive has resigned following an internal investigation into a post he made on Facebook, which blamed the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department on his “criminal lifestyle,” and included a factually inaccurate meme implying that Floyd should have been killed years…

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Not Even Valorant’s Exec. Producer Will Risk Solo Queue as a Woman

Last Friday, a Riot Games UX designer tweeted video of an all too common occurrence: gendered harassment in the built-in voice chat of an online game. While such harassment is always deplorable, this instance was particularly remarkable in that the designer, who goes by the name Greenily and is a…

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No One Has Been Paid to Stream Valorant, Says Riot

As you read this, somewhere around 435,000 people are watching Valorant on popular video game streaming website Twitch dot com. Riot’s first foray into the world of Games That Aren’t League of Legends™ has routinely crushed the competition on Twitch by hundreds of thousands of viewers since it first went…

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Meet Valorant, the Riot Games FPS Formerly Known as ‘Project A’

Riot Games, which I should go ahead and mention is owned by the same mega-giant Chinese corporation that owns the company that owns Fanbyte, pulled the covers off its mysterious first-person shooter yesterday. No longer “Project A,” the highly-competitive squad-based FPS is now known as Valorant, and Riot would very…

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Riot Discrimination Settlement Sucks Actually, Says CA State Agencies

Last month, Riot and the lawyers representing the plaintiffs of a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit agreed to settle for $10 million, then said to be the largest gender discrimination payout in California history. The only step remaining in the process was for California’s Supreme Court to approve the settlement agreement,…

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Legends of Runeterra, the LoL Card Game, Enters Open Beta Jan. 24

Riot’s forthcoming League of Legends collectible card game, Legends of Runeterra, will open its digital doors to the general public on Friday, January 24, when it officially enters open beta on PC. While this won’t be the full-on launch of the game, it is the first time that Riot has…

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Riot Launches Publishing Label for Third-Party League of Legends Games

Riot has been an extremely busy billion-dollar bee these last couple of months. In addition to unveiling several new internal projects and settling the largest class-action gender discrimination lawsuit in California history, this week the League of Legends developer also announced a new publishing initiative for third-party games set in…

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Riot Settles Class-Action Gender Discrimination Lawsuit for $10 Million

If you’re one of the thousand-ish women that worked for League of Legends developer Riot between November of 2014 and August of this year, you may soon be on the receiving end of the largest gender discrimination payout in California history. According to court filings obtained by the Los Angeles…

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Oh Right, and a Cartoon: Riot Unveils League Animated Series ‘Arcane’

To close out its 10th anniversary celebration stream, Riot tonight debuted the below trailer for Arcane, an upcoming animated series set in the League of Legends universe. Very little is known about the show as of yet, aside from what’s obvious from the trailer of course, which is that the…

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Riot Teases LoL Fighting Game, Dungeon Crawler, and new Shooter IP

As if it weren’t enough to announce mobile versions of Teamfight Tactics and League of Legends (sorta), plus a whole-ass new collectible card game, Riot also used tonight’s League 10th anniversary proceedings to mention that oh, by the way, as an aside, just for your fyi, it’s also making a…

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Riot Announces League of Legends: Wild Rift for Consoles and Mobile

As part of tonight’s bombastic League of Legends 10th Anniversary stream, Riot announced a new version of LoL specifically tailored for mobile platforms and consoles, dubbed League of Legends: Wild Rift. The mobile version of the game is due out sometime in 2020, with “rolling alphas and betas through the…

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Legends of Runeterra Is a New Card Game from Riot

During tonight’s big 10-year League of Legends anniversary stream, Riot unveiled a new free-to-play collectible card game for PC and mobile set in the League universe, called Legends of Runeterra. Open beta is expected to begin on PC sometime in early 2020, but sign-ups are already open for a “preview…

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