Former Riot Games Executive Ron Johnson was confirmed to have left the company after a recent scandalous post of a social media platform has outraged a lot of people online.
Johnson posted on Facebook recently that he blamed George Floyd’s death on his “criminal lifestyle.” It was official announced by Riot Games that he has left the company and no longer part of it. They added that the image he shared “is abhorrent and runs directly counter to our values and our belief that addressing systemic racism requires immediate societal change, something that we’re committed to working toward.”
The gaming company has also made a $1 million charity donation and $10 million investment for “founders underrepresented in the games industry.”
Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent stated in an internal memo seen by ESPN:
I believe Ron exercised really poor judgement here. It resulted in a post that was harmful to many of us and our broader community. It was insensitive and in this moment, it undermines the commitment we’ve made to stand against all acts of injustice, racism, prejudice, and hate. It also hinders our ability to create an inclusive environment for our entire community: Rioters, players, and partners alike.
Ron understands this and recognises that he will be ineffective as a leader at Riot going forward. As a result, he has resigned, effective today.