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Accusations against CEO make Riot Games lose sponsorships

Accusations against CEO make Riot Games lose sponsorships
After accusations of harassment against CEO, Riot Games loses sponsorships; know more.
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This last Tuesday, according to Dot Esports, the company Alienware ended its sponsorship activities with developer Riot Games. The case came after accusations of harassment against the CEO of the company of League of Legends and Valorant. Alienware has had a sponsorship contract with Riot Games since 2019, and it would last until 2022, however, after the negative repercussions that were caused by the CEO, Nicolo Laurent, Alienware chose to end its activities with Riot Games.

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In an official note from Riot Games itself, the developer reported that it is currently unable to comment on the situation with Alienware due to confidentiality clauses. However, the peripherals and accessories company confirmed that it has withdrawn its brand related to Riot Games.

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Laurent's case went public after Sharon O'Donnell, a former Riot Games employee, accused the CEO of sexual harassment and misconduct, involving gender discrimination within the company. O'donnell had commented that Laurent would have talked about her appearance, asking about underwear and calling her on trips with proposed sex at his home.
 
Sharon confirms that Laurent's conduct was the main reason she chose to leave Riot Games. The former employee is suing Riot Games for labor reasons. Riot Games said it is investigating the situation: "One of the pillars for giving rioters confidence in our commitment to culture and transformation is to take all allegations of harassment or discrimination very seriously, investigating the charges and taking action against anyone who may have violated our policies. ” - stated the company, saying that a special committee was created to oversee the investigation, conducted by a third party company, and that the CEO has collaborated in the process.
 
However, this is not the first time that the developer has suffered from such accusations. In 2018, in a report, Kotaku had made an investigation against Riot Games for a culture of racism and sexism that was spreading around the company. After that, Riot Games has been struggling to try to remove this bad image from its company.

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