League of Legends developer Riot Games offers staff cash to quit
Posted: 20.06.2014 11:58 by nickhorth1 Comments: 2
League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced a new Queue Dodge programme for its staff, essentially offering them cash to quit their position.

Riot describe the initiative as "a well-lit, safe exit path" rather than a way of pushing unwanted staff out of the company.

Any new hire from the company's North American offices can elect to Queue Dodge at any time during their first 60 days of work. Those who elect to do so will be paid 10% of their annual salary. Riot say the move will preserve the company's unique reputation and character:

"From the beginning, we’ve focused on culture. We operate on a foundation of shared mission, values, passion, trust, and mutual respect. 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. 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."

Urgh. Ahem. Sorry, I just vomited due to the unique flavour of that statement. Riot are pointing out that they're not the only ones to use this system. Clothing shop Zappos did the same back in 2009, a move which Riot watched "with wonder and amazement".

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By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Jun 22, 2014
That'd be nice. I know I've been hired into jobs, found out a bit more about what it's actually like to work there, then stuck around just because of the money. While I don't imagine that I'd feel that need at Riot, that just makes the offer that much more pleasant. Like a cashback guarantee.

'Course... I'd prolly still stay the full 60 days. Because money.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jun 22, 2014
It's one of those things that can't really be bad for the employees so I'm all for it.