League of Legends Dev Paying New Hires to Quit if They Don't Enjoy Studio Culture

Company's new Queue Dodge program offers new hires cash to quit because the company doesn't want to punish people who don't respond well to the studio's unique culture.

League of Legends developer Riot Games this week rolled out an interesting new program that offers new hires cash to quit the company. Any new hire in North America can participate in the new Queue Dodge program during their first 60 days on the job, and are eligible to receive 10 percent of their annual salary to leave the company, up to $25,000. Why do this?

According to Riot, the Queue Dodge program gives employees a safe way out of the company if they don't enjoy Riot's unique studio culture. "If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, they'd be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck," Riot says in a post on the developer's website. "Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players. We've designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way."

But can't this be addressed during the new hire/onboarding process? Yes and no, Riot says.

"We carefully vet every new hire through a rigorous interview process, but that's not enough to ensure a great fit every single time," the company explained. "Rather than allow mismatches to fester, we want to resolve them quickly. This is good for the company, and good for the professional. We don't know yet how many people might choose to Queue Dodge, but we'll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result."

Riot is not the first company to offer such a program. Online clothing company Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, launched a similar scheme all the way back in 2008.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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13 comments
T-_-K
T-_-K

if $25,000 is 10% of their salary then their salary is $250,000 O_O

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

This has to be the biggest spin on voluntary redundancies iv seen yet.

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

Please delete, safari on ipad isn't the best for this site I'm sorry

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

But you still cant hire decent programmers to fix your shitty client.

DKRises
DKRises

To be clear the hiring process for Riot is 100x more involved than say hiring at McDonalds. So anyone that wants to quit is 1. Giving up a profitable future and 2. Would really have to be in a bad position to take the offer.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

Everyone has at least one person at work they really just can't stand, to be surrounded by people that push those sort of buttons would be pretty awful.  Like being stuck in a raid group with elitest c@#ts.  Sounds like a great way to get more people applying, specifically those nervous about taking the leap if they have to move or make other life changes to accommodate the career.

scarlloty
scarlloty

*Joins riot*
*Gets paid for quitting*
*Joins Valve*
*Grabs popcorn*

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

"hi, we're riot, and we have so much money we pay people to quit their jobs at our studio!"

Poodger
Poodger

@scarlloty The hiring process is probably designed in a way that tries to avoid taking on people that will eventually quit. Also, it is a highly competitive and coveted position to join up with Valve.