Riot Games has suspended its lead operator Scott Gelb for two months without pay after an internal investigation of an alleged workplace offense against him, according to an internal email confirmed by Riot Games to ESPN on Thursday.
The News were first reported by Kotaku, who initially received the e-mail.
In an interview with ESPN.com, co-heads of esports for Riot Games Jarred Kennedy and Whalen Rozelle say that the company is still evolving to change its culture in the wake of reports of a culture of sexism within the development arm of the company.
Riot Games, maker of League of Legends, has responded to a Tuesday report from the game website Kotaku documented a culture of sexual harassment and limitations for women working for multi
Gelbs suspension comes after more current and former Riot employees claimed that he repeatedly touched his testicles and made it inappropriate contact for comic effect, said the report. Gelb, 40, will be required to undergo unspecified "training", Riot said.
The staff were announced earlier this week about Gelb's suspension in an email sent by Riot Games, CEO Nicolo Laurent, to whom Kotaku published a part, followed by Riot Leverer Variety with a copy of the entire email on Thursday.
In this email, Laurent said the privacy concerns about Riot employees and the company's investigation. It also cited Gelb's position in the company and a resolution by Riot's Special Committee for the Board of Directors for why Riot recognized Gelb's punishment both internally and publicly. This and other investigations of alleged sexual and work support at Riot were conducted by the Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to developing our culture, we investigate all requirements through our established process," the company said in a statement sent to ESPN Thursday. "Following this process, outside legal counsel, an investigation of allegations of Scott Gelb has been conducted. After reviewing and reviewing the findings, the Special Committee for Riot's Board determined that a two month unpaid leave, together with training, the relevant measures were given the accusations that were substantiated. "
In August, Kotaku reported on a story about allegations of sexual and work riot in Riot Games and sexism against several Riot employees. Since this report, Riot has issued several statements saying that it is working to solve the problems.
The company then hired Seyfarth Shaw to conduct internal investigations in August, discovered Riot Games. In November, the company employed Harvard Business School Professor Frances Frei to improve its diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to Riot, Frei served as Uber's senior vice president for leadership and was employed by the rideshare company after it was fired for allegations of sexual and workplace crimes.