Industry veteran Angela Roseboro is joining Riot Games as the company’s first ever Chief Diversity Officer, according to an announcement on the company’s website.
Roseboro comes to Riot from Dropbox, where she served as the company’s chief diversity officer. Before that, she held a similar role at T. Rowe Price. She’ll report to Emily Winkle, Riot’s Chief People Officer.
“I can’t wait to get started and to do my part to make sure we have a culture that embraces the uniqueness of every Rioter and a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging,” Roseboro said in a statement.
Roseboro is joining the company at a hectic time. Last year, an in-depth report from Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio revealed that sexism and a toxic work environment were ingrained deeply throughout Riot. Kotaku spoke to 28 employees — former and current — who described a company rife with “bro culture”.
One person interviewed described a situation where she presented an idea that was shot down, only for a man to present the same idea and be greeted with applause and approval:
One day, Lacy conducted an experiment: After an idea she really believed in fell flat during a meeting, she asked a male colleague to present the same idea to the same group of people days later. He was skeptical, but she insisted that he give it a shot. “Lo and behold, the week after that, [he] went in, presented exactly as I did and the whole room was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing.’ [His] face turned beet red and he had tears in his eyes,” said Lacy. “They just didn’t respect women.”
- – Kotaku
Since then the company has tried to double down on its diversity efforts. In response to the Kotaku piece, Riot put up a blog post where it apologized to its employees and users, outlining steps to try and tackle some of the diversity issues at the company. One of which was hiring a chief diversity officer and other top positions for its Diversity and Inclusion team.
In her new role, Roseboro will be launching programs to build a more inclusive culture at Riot. She’ll also be working with recruitment to make sure the company is bringing diverse talent.
Riot is a behemoth in the gaming world. It’s most popular title, League of Legends, is expected to generate over $1 billion in revenue this year.