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The Bittersweet Tale of Layoffs: When a Company Does What It Should

Once upon a time, in the enchanted realm of Riot Games, a storm of layoffs swept through the land, leaving 530 employees in its wake. The news sent sh...

Jeremy Laird

Jan 24, 2024

The Bittersweet Tale of Layoffs: When a Company Does What It Should

Once upon a time, in the enchanted realm of Riot Games, a storm of layoffs swept through the land, leaving 530 employees in its wake. The news sent shockwaves through the kingdom, as the smaller arm of Riot, known as Riot Forge, was forced to shut down. Tales of The Mageseeker, Song of Nunu, and the upcoming Bandle Tale were silenced forever. Even the team behind Legends of Runeterra felt the chill of the layoffs, redirecting their focus to the treacherous "Path of Champions" PvE game mode.

In a proclamation from the lofty chambers of the CEO, Dylan Jadeja, it was revealed that Riot Games had embarked on a grand adventure of creating new experiences and expanding their portfolio. Alas, their noble quest had led them astray, with some of their ventures failing to yield the expected riches. The company, burdened by unsustainable costs, found themselves at a crossroads, where experimentation and failure were no longer affordable luxuries.

But fear not, for Riot Games, unlike many other kingdoms, chose to treat their fallen employees with dignity. They offered a generous package of support, including a minimum of 6 months of severance pay, cash bonuses, and health benefits until the very last day of employment. The lost "play" and "wellness" funds were even compensated in gold. Former employees were allowed to keep their equity in the kingdom and were provided with a magical laptop, aiding them on their quest to find new opportunities. A team of skilled counselors stood ready to guide them through the forest of uncertainty, while job placement services opened doors to new kingdoms.

Yet, amid this tale of benevolence, a disconcerting chorus rose from the realms of social media. People hailed Riot Games as heroes, praising their "generosity" and labeling the severance packages as a "nice gesture." But let us not forget, dear readers, that these companies have a moral obligation to care for their employees. To applaud them for fulfilling this basic duty is as tasteless as a witch's brew.

As the story unfolds, we discover hidden layers that escape the gaze of those singing Riot's praises. The employees themselves were left in the dark, discovering their fate not through official channels but via the treacherous land of social media. Imagine the heartache of waiting, hour after agonizing hour, to learn if your livelihood had been snatched away. Furthermore, there were those who, lured by promises of prosperity, had relocated their lives and families to the expensive city of Los Angeles. These brave souls, with visas tied to their employment, found themselves adrift in unfamiliar lands when the company's return-to-office policy was enacted. The irony of being laid off after such a life-altering move was a bitter potion to swallow.

Sadly, this tale of layoffs is not unique to Riot Games. The games industry as a whole has fallen victim to a plague of mismanagement and rampant expansion. Companies like Embracer and Epic have danced the same sorrowful steps. In 2023 alone, over 9,000 individuals lost their livelihoods, and the year 2024 shows no signs of mercy. We stand witness to a landscape littered with the debris of shattered dreams and broken promises.

Let us not celebrate Riot Games for doing what they should have done all along. Instead, let their actions serve as a reminder of the sorry state of the games industry. We must demand more from these noble kingdoms and hold them accountable for their treatment of their loyal subjects. The path ahead may be treacherous, but if we join together and raise our voices, we can forge a future where fairness and compassion reign supreme.

And so, dear readers, let us rewrite this tale. Let us create a world where heroes are not praised for fulfilling their obligations, but where the very notion of treating employees with respect and dignity is woven into the fabric of our industry. For in this new chapter, the true magic lies in the unity and solidarity of those who dare to dream of a brighter future.

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