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TL Doublecat @guldeuxchats
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Hey - I'm gonna have time put aside this afternoon to discuss , since I know some of y'all will probably have questions. first off, DMs are open and i'm happy to talk, public or private. i also want to say i will NOT invalidate any experiences here…
I wanna emphasize that I am not going to defend Riot, because systemic sexism IS an issue here, and this article is really fucking good and points out a lot of very real problems here, many of which I've heard are shared industrywise - it also points out some unique ones
I also wanna emphasize that reading this article I nodded my head a lot because many of the things I read were things I had, personally, raised to 'Talent' (HR) here. They've been pretty receptive to listening
so first off, a survival guide if this resonates about your job:

1. find your allies. i have deep connections with other women/lgbt people here, and we talk about this shit, and it helps so much.
2. be as open about these problems AS YOU FEEL SAFE DOING. don't feel pressured
one thing i can say for riot is that we openly have these discussions and i (personally) have never gotten punished for it.

3. if you can, push in the moment. when people say something fucked up, point it out for everyone to hear.

4. don't be afraid to leave for your sanity.
so now i am gonna be pretty candid about my experience here and how these issues have affected me. i'm afforded this luxury because of our social media policy; lots of people at other companies aren't. again, i'm happy to talk about this publicly or privately
1. being talked over in meetings: this is absolutely an issue that affects literally every woman i know at this company. the problem isn't just talking over, but talking over WITH A POWER IMBALANCE. when you talk over women, it's intimidating. try not doing it
2. a woman whose manager says she is "too emotional": in our feedback culture, this is super common. i have heard THIS EXACT STORY from like 3 women. meanwhile, men here often have loud arguments and sometimes storm out of meetings, or shout in meetings. this is unacceptable
3. i wanna emphasize that this culture loud male emotion/posturing is really really toxic for me and lots of women. being around male anger constantly is terrifying. fearing emotional reactions to feedback & being chastised for not giving feedback is a vicious cycle.
4. The idea of the "core gamer" - this is the one that I've hit on in my feedback to HR the most. Moms who play Candy Crush 40 hours a week are core gamers. Teens who consume 50 visual novels a month are core gamers. "Gamer" is a fucking scary bucket to be in
These are issues I grapple with pretty much daily, along with stuff in the ecosystem including but not limited to:

-Getting shit for being a girl in multiplayer games (like League)
-People assuming I'm not a "real" gamer

Being a woman in games is FUCKING HARD.
so just to wrap up.

if you're a woman in games & you want to talk: reach out, please. we need to talk to each other & not feel isolated.

if you're a dude in games: try to understand that daily life is sometimes intolerable and the problem is systemic. this isn't an accusation
be on the lookout not just for openly sexist stuff, but the nastier more ingrained stuff. for example, if you're involved in the hiring process, how do we determine "merit" while accounting for women systemically being rewarded & promoted less? expand "gamer." stop interrupting
and again, i'm putting aside time to talk to anyone who wants to about this stuff today, so please reach out. if you're going through shit, you're not alone. if you work here and you want an ally, i am here. this shit sucks & we're gonna make it better
thanks so much to everyone who reached out - i'm pretty exhausted so i'm gonna probably take a break from my dms. to cover recurring questions:

1. i love riot and what we do, and i'm super dedicated to making it a better place. please don't let this stop you from applying
2. if you're a guy who plays games wondering how to make things better, standing up to shitty behavior ("OMG A GRILL? LIES NO GRILLS IN VIDEO GAMES" "that shits stupid dude") can make a big difference. help un-normalize it. follow and support/amplify women/poc/lgbt folks in games
3. if you're young and your dream is to work in the games industry but this discourages you - it's true, things are tough, but there are a lot of people fighting to make it better. the more of us there are the better it is. illegitimi non carborundum. games are for everyone
and now i am going to go frag some damn noobs on the rift farewell
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