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Riot Games reportedly disapproved of staff posting bikini photos on social media

Riot Games is under fire after a Valorant developer revealed that staff members weren’t allowed to post bikini photos on their personal social media.

Posted on July 24, 2022

It’s no secret that Riot Games has faced its fair share of gender discrimination allegations. The company recently received the green light from the court to reach a $100 million settlement after being sued by current and former employees alleging widespread sexism and harassment.

However, society has recently again tended to adopt unfair policies. In a Twitter post on July 23, 2022, a Valorant software engineer who goes by the name “Riot Lydia” revealed that female employees cannot publicly post bikini photos to their personal social media accounts; otherwise, they would be in trouble with the company’s human resources department.

Riot policy prohibits staff from posting swimsuit photos on social media

Riot Games Under Fire Policy Ruling Bans Employees From Posting Bikini Photos On Social Media
Riot Games is being criticized for an unfair policy prohibiting employees from posting bikini photos on social media. (Picture: Riot Games)

In their Twitter post, Riot Lydia said, “If you’re female at Riot Games and post a swimsuit photo, you may get in trouble with HR and have to remove [it]. Riot Lydia added, “But then you go to the office, and guys are walking around in t-shirts with bikini designs, and there’s a policy that you can’t complain about that specifically.”

Following the Tweet, user feedback asked Riot Lydia to clarify if employees can’t send these swimsuit photos to company-owned channels like Slack, Discord, or general accounts. However, the game producer at Riot Games, Sara Dadafshar, replied to the Tweet, confirming that female employees could not post bikini pictures on their personal social media accounts.

Members of the Twitter community then lambasted the company, expressing how unfair and unprecedented it was for female employees to have to accept such a harsh decision. Especially since male employees could walk around carefree in t-shirts with bikini models printed on them. This prompted some users to question whether the policy was sexist.

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Twitter users are wondering if Riot’s bikini policy could be considered gender harassment. (Picture: Twitter)

In response to the uproar, a Riot Games human resources partner reportedly contacted Riot Lydia and confirmed that the department would investigate the issue. Proceeding with the outrageous incident, Sara Dadafshar then posted a tongue-in-cheek photo of them in swimsuits in Thailand at an animal sanctuary. “Today is a good day to post a pic of me in a bikini,” Sara wrote.

As of this writing, Riot Games has not issued a public statement regarding this seemingly overdue corporate decision. Indeed, this latest incident signals that further work is needed for Riot Games to improve the structuring of its corporate policy following its recent gender discrimination settlement.

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Image courtesy of Riot Games.