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Former employee is suing Riot Games CEO over sexual harassment

Not the first time they’re getting sued

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Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent is being sued by former employee Sharon O’Donnell, who alleges Laurent committed repeated acts of sexual harassment. O’Donnell was with the company for three years and has also highlighted a few particular incidents.

First covered by Vice, O’Donnell was hired in 2017, following which, there was a pattern of harassment. Laurent sexually harassed her, discriminated against her, and retaliated against her when she complained about his behavior to HR.

“Riot Games is a male-dominated culture,” where female employees were “discriminated against, harassed and treated as second-class citizens,” the lawsuit says.

Specific incidents mentioned in the suit include Laurent calling O’Donnell “beautiful” and telling her his wife was jealous of beautiful women. He criticized O’Donnell’s tone by calling it abusive and said she should be more feminine. He even suggested that female employees should handle Coronavirus stress by having kids.

O’Donnell also claims Laurent made sexual advances toward her. He asked her to “cum” to her house and made various job benefits a condition of her acceptance of sexual conduct. Riot, meanwhile, says Laurent “has pledged his full cooperation and support during this process, and we’re committed to ensuring that all claims are thoroughly explored and appropriately resolved.”

According to the company’s statement, O’Donnell was dismissed because of more than a dozen complaints about her from other employees and external partners and after multiple coaching sessions to address these.

Riot Games, responsible for games like League of Legends and Valorant, was found in 2018 to harbored a toxic “bro” culture. After a lawsuit was filed, the company was asked to pay US$ 10 million to current as well as former employees.

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Bardock backstory revealed in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot DLC trailer

More from Goku’s father

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The trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s upcoming DLC, “Bardock- Alone Against Fate”, has been released by Bandai Namco.

The gameplay video features a first glimpse of Bardock in action in the game, as well as thrilling battles in the planet of Kanassa.

The scene also shows more details into the adventures of Goku’s father, who serves as a member of Frieza’s planetary invasion force. His journey to Planet Vegeta was also teased.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions to be released on January 12 and 13, 2023, respectively.

Speaking of which, pre-orders for the physical editions for PS5 and Xbox Series are now available here.

There will also be a Special Edition which comes with additional DLC episodes currently available on other platforms, including “New Power Awakens – Part 1 & Part 2” and “-Trunks- Warrior of Hope”.

Meanwhile, players who already own the game for previous consoles may upgrade for an additional fee to enjoy better graphics and smoother gameplay.

SEE ALSO: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot review: Super fan service

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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

SEE ALSO: God of War Ragnarok Review

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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