"Riot Games employees are preparing for a walkout this afternoon... employees reported a culture of widespread and endemic sexism at the company... the first walkout at a major gaming studio."
DO IT! AAA, the corporate game industry is overflowing w/ shitheadery, exploitation of workers. It's the central pillar where Steve Bannon launched the fascist international movement through gamergate, pushing game culture toward the far-right
This is a critical anti-fash push.
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Also, shoutout to Game Workers Unite, "a group trying to organize unions in the games industry, will be in attendance to hand out water and offer medical aid should it be necessary."
Hopefully this is the beginning of a wave of unionization, strikes, and other democracy-in-the-workplace actions at game corporations.
Riot Games Walkout Update
"Monahan made an announcement saying that if Riot management doesn’t make any sort of commitment on forced arbitration by May 16—the date of the next Riot Unplugged meeting—she and others involved with the walkout will take further action. "
YES! Keep the momentum going! Unionize, organize with your fellow workers! 😂 Demand dignity and respect and withold labor till you get it!
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@silverspookgames So Riot had all employees sign an agreement that prohibits any trials about harassment? How can that be legal?
@felix Good question - it's pretty messed up.
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@lyliawisteria Exactly! The Riot Games walkout will help to reveal that gamergate was really about taking economically devastated, socially alienated gamers with a lot of time on their hands and turning that anger against women, minorities, and the left to push culture toward the right and make Nazis.
That anger and energy can as easily (and should be) turned upward toward the rich execs and bigoted assholes who are doing the actual economic and social devastation.
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@lyliawisteria I mean that literally. Steve Bannon figured out how to manipulate gamers toward the right and elect Trump, etc. while working on a World of Warcraft-based Chinese Goldfarming sweatshop, as a Goldman Sachs banker.
"These guys, these rootless white males, had monster power... You can activate that army. They come in through Gamergate or whatever and then get turned onto politics and Trump."
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Not surprised the gamergate fuckers and fascists out already claiming, "The sexism at Riot is all lies and striking is just being childish."
Capitalism manufactures Nazis & uses them to save capitalism (and liberal/centrists with the $$$) by having the fascists attack/crush/literally murder the left and marginalized groups on billionaires behalf, as IBM, Coca Cola etc. benefited from Nazis in WWII. This is de rigueur Bannon / Goebbels playbook
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Is this toot on twitter as well?
@silverspookgames I know someone that worked over there. I wonder how that's going.
@silverspookgames Thank god. I have always been skeptical of Riot since BabaGanoush and Nikasaur left. AKA I haven't played League since Vlad was the new character.
@cj Haven't played much League but what I've heard of the toxic culture from inside and outside Riot, this walkout was 100% necessary.
@silverspookgames I may be exaggerating but Riot Games took LoL along a massive shift to competitive play and $$$ early on that completely nuked the RP and creative aspect of the game. Babaganoush was the creative lead at the time responsible for content and Nika was the last of the old culture vanguard (she started early as an intern).
$$$ above everything brought bad actors in and out of game.
@cj 100%. I've been working in games for 20 years and have had this thought forever. Money grubbing in the industry have been ruining games, gamer culture, and the overworked game devs for so long, and finally there's some push back. However small and successful or not the Riot Games walkout is, it's an milestone step in the right direction. This is a happy day!
@silverspookgames Yep. I feel Riot's culture didn't start this way. But it turned into this toxic mess. And rather quickly.
I was actually rather invested in the community when they alienated me. Attached is a screenshot of their first-ever community contest. My name is at the very bottom of the image.
You won't believe how many people ask me for my old account info to have all my rare skins and stuff, and just don't know what gaming community Riot nuked.
@silverspookgames Also since the images are long gone -- from the original submission email in 2010 -- here is a copy of the sand logo.
To think they just nuked the community aspect because it wasn't bringing in $$$ like the competitive scene was just abhorrently stupid.
@cj I hadn't realized that, although I don't doubt game execs would make such a move. In my own experience, the $$$ folks don't even play games don't know about games, and don't care about them. So they end up running games into the ground while trying to squeeze as much cash out of the makers and gamers before the IP craters. (Also, awesome work on the logo)
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@silverspookgames What's the over:under on mass layoffs?
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