Riot Games has promised to pay staff who decide to leave the company 25% of their base salary to “help with the transition to the sequel”. The policy is part of Riot’s new corporate plan that moves the company in a changed direction.
As detailed in a blog post by Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent, the company outlined its plans for the next five years, both in terms of staffing structure and the content it hopes to deliver to fans. As the company prepares to move in a new direction, Riot also said it will be expanding its “Queue Dodge” system for a brief period, meaning any staff member who decides to leave the company at the following the announcement to be paid for the move.
“For several years, we have implemented a program called Queue Dodge,” writes Laurent. “It’s a program that allows anyone to opt out of Riot within their first six months and receive a portion of their salary to help transition into what’s next. No hard feelings.”
“As we prepare for the next phase of growth, we are opening Queue Dodge for a limited window for any Rioter, no matter how long they’ve been there.” Riot says it wants staff choosing to stay with the company to be consistent with its new strategic plan and ambitious goals, but there will be no hard feelings for those who decide to seek work elsewhere instead .
The company’s temporary Queue Dodge scheme will give those who wish to leave 25% of their base salary with 3 months of COBRA benefits, where applicable. Riot also confirmed that those who choose to leave the company will receive their full bonuses, which they exit before their usual payout date (end of March in most offices).
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Riot’s new mission, Laurent says in the blog post, is to be “the most player-centric games company in the world,” which the CEO says isn’t currently true, but the company aspires. to work in the future.
“We’ll still make games. But we also increasingly think that’s an outdated way of categorizing ourselves,” adds Laurent. “We don’t want to be defined by the things we make, we want to be defined by the people we make them for. In other words, we prefer to think of ourselves not as a game company but as a gamer company. .”
Laurent’s comments apparently illustrate what appears to be the company’s attempt to turn over a new leaf in its fifteen-year history. Last month, Riot Games agreed to pay a $100 million settlement in a gender discrimination case brought against the company in 2018. In the post, the CEO acknowledged the controversy that has surrounded the studio , stating that he would take the lessons he learned for the future.
“As we shared with Rioters, three years ago, Riot was at the heart of what has become a settling of scores in our industry,” Laurent writes. “We have come a very long way since then – in our workplace, our processes and our leadership – and we will continue this work every day.”
“While we are proud of how far we have come since 2018, it is important that we also take responsibility for our past. Given the ambitious goals we have for the future and the tens of millions of dollars we would spend each year on lawyers to help solve these cases – money that we’d rather pay to classy women and invest in Riot’s future – it’s become clear over the past few months that the best outcome for everyone would be to reach a final resolution.”
“To be clear, we’re not asking anyone to forget this chapter and move on. On the contrary, the lessons we’ve learned together over the past few years will be a crucial part of Riot’s origin story. games.”
As Riot looks to 2022, Laurent signed the post thanking the staff, sponsors and players who have brought the company to where it is today. With that in mind, the CEO ended by saying he hopes everyone involved with the company can join him in “believing that the possibilities for the future are endless.”
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.