Riot Games has promised to pay employees who choose to leave the company 25% of their base salary to “help them transition to what’s next.” The policy comes amid Riot’s new business plan that is moving the company in a different direction.
As in a. described blog entry by Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot Games, the company has outlined its plans for the next five years, both in terms of staff structure and the content it wants to deliver to fans. As the company moves in a new direction, Riot has also announced that it will be expanding its “Queue Dodge” system for a short period of time, which means that all employees who decide to leave after the announcement will be paid to move will.
“We’ve had a program called Queue Dodge for a number of years,” writes Laurent. “It’s a program anyone can use to sign out of Riot within the first six months and get a portion of their salary paid to ease the transition to what’s next. No hard feelings. “
“As we prepare for the next phase of growth, we are opening Queue Dodge for a limited time window to any rioter, no matter how long he’s with us.” Riot says that those employees who choose to stay with the company want to be in line with its new strategic plan and ambitious goals, but that those who choose to look elsewhere won’t feel uncomfortable .
The company’s Temporary Queue Dodge System may offer 3 months of COBRA benefits to those who wish to get off 25% of their base salary. Riot has also confirmed that those who choose to leave the company will receive their full bonuses whether or not they exit before the usual withdrawal date (late March at most offices).
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Riot’s new mission, says Laurent in the blog post, is to be “the most gamer-centric game company in the world”.
“We’ll always be making games. But we also think that’s an outdated way of categorizing ourselves,” adds Laurent. “We don’t want to define ourselves by the things that we make, but by the people for whom we make them. In other words, we prefer to see ourselves not as a games company, but as a company for gamers. “
Laurent’s comments seem to exemplify what the company appears to be trying to turn a new page in its fifteen year history. Last month, Riot Games agreed to pay $ 100 million in severance pay as part of a 2018 gender discrimination lawsuit against the company. In the post, the CEO acknowledged the controversy surrounding the studio and stated that it would take lessons it has learned for the future.
“As we told Rioters three years ago, Riot was at the heart of what became a reckoning in our industry,” writes Laurent. “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’re proud of how far we’ve come since 2018, it’s important that we take responsibility for our past as well, given the ambitious goals we have for the future and the millions of dollars we spend each year to achieve them would spend. ” Lawyers to help resolve these cases – money we’d rather pay the women in class and invest in the future of Riot – it has become clear in the past few months that the best outcome for anyone is to become one final solution to come. “
“To be clear, we are not asking anyone to forget this chapter and move on. On the contrary, the lessons we have learned together over the past few years will be a crucial part of the genesis of Riot Games. ”
As Riot looks to 2022, Laurent signed the post by thanking the staff, sponsors and players who have brought the company to where it is today. With that in mind, the CEO concluded by saying that he hoped that everyone associated with the company would “believe with him that the possibilities for the future are endless”.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.