Riot Games executive resigns after examination relating to insensitive post
Ron Johnson– the international head of customer products over at Riot Games– was recently placed on leave following an ill-timed George Floyd Facebook post that landed him in hot waters. The executive dealt with extreme reaction over the post, prompting Riot to launch an internal investigation.
On June 11, a representative revealed that Johnson had resigned from the company. According to his LinkedIn profile, Johnson just began working for Riot in December of in 2015.
The former executive published an image from his individual Facebook account detailing George Floyd’s criminal background and accusing him of being high on meth when he was nabbed and subsequently killed.
Johnson even included an individual message pretty much blaming the murder victim’s “criminal way of life” for how things played out.
According to a current declaration made by Riot Games to online publication VICE, the League of Legends designer found Johnson’s Facebook post “abhorrent, against our worths, and directly counter to our belief that attending to systemic bigotry requires instant societal modification.”
Riot didn’t wish to go into details regarding their examination process or its result, though judging by the news of Johnson’s resignation, the outcome seems quite obvious.
This isn’t the very first time the Los Angeles-based computer game developer made headlines due to debate. A number of years ago, Riot was under fire after two female staff members took the business to court for offenses of the California Equal Pay act.
According to the 2 females, they were sexually harassed and victimized due to their gender regularly.
After a prolonged legal fight, both parties accepted a settlement where Riot Games would need to pay out a minimum of US$ 10 million [AU$ 15 million] to the women who were employed by the video game business during the previous 5 years.
On June 5, the developer announced that it would be contributing $1 million to the continuous battle against methodical bigotry. Parts of the contributions were offered to The Innocence Task and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Riot broke the news of the contribution on Twitter, accompanied by a message about their dedication to alter mentioning they “have a part to play and it is on us to do more.”
Riot Games is among lots of big names in the video game community who have actually publicly shown assistance for the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter motion.