Six months after Riot Games’ hostile work culture was exposed, the League of Legends developer has hired a new Chief Diversity Officer.
If you play League of Legends, then you’re already familiar with the toxic player environment that game is famous for. It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that developer Riot Games also shared elements of that toxicity in their own offices, with an expose from Kotaku revealing a workplace culture of misogyny and discrimination.
After that piece broke in August of 2018, Riot Games execs took note. They started to clean up their act, first by investigating reports of harassment that eventually led to the company’s Chief Operations Officer being publicly reprimanded, while lower-ranking Riot employees received similar, if less public, disciplinary action.
Riot also updated its company values statement to better reflect a more inclusive work environment while still putting the “player experience first.”
And just last week, Riot hired their very first Chief Diversity Officer to oversee their continuing transformation.
"Angela Roseboro is joining Riot Games as our first Chief Diversity Officer and the new leader of our diversity, inclusion, & Riot culture initiative," the company said in an online statement. "Angela will oversee all activity relating to diversity and inclusion (D&I), and will lead the creation of new programs to foster a more inclusive culture at Riot. Angela will also lead the recruiting team in driving inclusivity in Riot’s hiring and talent sourcing processes."
Roseboro comes with 20 years of experience in global leadership roles, including ones in finance and consulting. Most recently she worked as Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Dropbox, the cloud storage provider. So she’s definitely got the chops for the gig.
“I was so taken by the heart and soul of this company and—in spite of setbacks or hurdles—I'm excited to be part of this journey,” Roseboro said. “I can't wait to get started and to do my part to make sure we have a culture that embraces the uniqueness of every Rioter and a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging.”
The move is a welcome one for Riot, as it seeks to increase its audience by diversifying its own workforce.