League of Legends developer Riot Games fired at least one employee after the company instituted a sexist policy at the PAX West convention.

Riot Games fired systems designer Daniel Z. Klein. Communications associate Mattias Lehman also departed the company and at this time it’s unclear if he quit or was fired.

In a statement to The Verge, Riot explained discussed the departures of both Klein and Lehman:

“These departures are independent from our efforts to evolve our culture. Our culture remains our top priority, and we remain committed to taking the steps that we need to become a leader in Diversity & Inclusion. We will always encourage Rioters to share their perspectives, and we fully support efforts by Rioters to further our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. We are committed to making real, positive change in Riot’s culture and internal advocates are a crucial part of making that happen.”

Klein told The Verge, “I was fired for violating our social media policy.”

He also confirmed he was no longer at Riot Games in a Tweet:

Klein previously insulted League of Legends players after the company was criticized for its sexist policy at Pax West. He would take a cue from Star Wars director Rian Johnson and called those criticizing him “manbabies.” He would also refer to them as “absolute overgrown toddlers.”

Lehman confirmed his departure from Riot Games in a Tweet yesterday.

Although he hinted he was no longer apart of Riot Games on Friday:

Lehman supported and defended Klein as he insulted players.

One thing definitely appears to be clear is that Riot Games has a social media policy and they aren’t afraid to enforce it. This is a definite contrast in how companies like DC Comics and Marvel Comics have allowed their creators and freelancers to insult paying customers repeatedly.

Do you think Riot Games made the right decision by firing Klein after he insulted fans?

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