Alienware Ends Business Relationship With Riot Though Riot CEO Was Cleared Of Harassment Charges By Special Committee
Alienware Ends Business Relationship With Riot Though Riot CEO Was Cleared Of Harassment Charges By Special Committee.
MMOBEEP found out that Alienware, one of Riot Games’ hugest advertisers, will be ending the companies’ business relationship leading up to the allegations of harassment by Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent that was announced last month. Dot Esports reports that the contract was set to expire in January 2022. Still, Alienware has pulled the plug on the relationship due to their “concern with the game developer’s public image amid harassment claims and other controversies.”
Riot has discarded Alienware’s branding from its League of Legends esports events throughout talks between them. A Riot spokesperson said to Dot Esports, “We can’t comment on our agreement with them at this time due to confidentiality obligations.” The two companies had been cooperating with one another since January 2019. As a part of their contract, Alienware would
“deploy a massive fleet of Aurora R8 computers and 240Hz monitors across the globe, delivering a consistent playing experience for teams and players like how traditional sports have standardized equipment for competitive play.”
The deal’s end makes Alienware, owned by Dell, the first-ever sponsor to depart its support from Riot during its recent turbulent years, which began with Kotaku’s exposé in 2018. A third-party investigation authorized by Riot’s board of directors made their judgments known yesterday, implying no action be taken against Laurent. Riot shared the results of that examination, saying that.
“there was no evidence that Laurent harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against the plaintiff.” The committee would demand Riot re-open the examination “if any additional material evidence of inappropriate conduct on the part of Laurent were to come to light.”
Laurent offered his full collaboration in the investigation. In a personal declaration, he rejected the charges, saying that.
“Nothing of that nature, or even remotely close to it, ever happened.” While he admitted that he can sometimes “stick my foot in my mouth” and that there are “moments I continue to reflect on and learn from,” he and the company “remain deeply committed to making sure we can all feel proud of the culture we have at Riot, one that’s inclusive, where everyone can thrive and do their best work.”