Riot Games Executive Resigns After Sharing Controversial George Floyd Image
Ron Johnson left the company less than a day after sharing the image.
The Riot Games executive who was under internal investigation after sharing a controversial image of George Floyd has resigned, according to a company spokesperson. The news came on the evening of June 11, a day after Vice Games originally uncovered the news.
Riot Games emphasized the same sentiment they shared when Vice Games originally published their report, calling the image that Johnson shared "abhorrent" and that it "runs directly counter to our values and our belief that addressing systemic racism requires immediate societal change."
"We’re also striving to change the face of our industry and create opportunities, including by investing $10 million in founders underrepresented in the games industry and helping create a future pipeline of underrepresented talent for the gaming and tech world," a Riot Games spokesperson said.
The image that Johnson shared is titled "The media and the left have made George Floyd into a martyr, but who was he really?" It implies that Floyd deserved to be killed by police because he had a previous criminal record.
Johnson only started at Riot Games in December 2019 according to his LinkedIn page.
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