PAX/DZK - A timeline summary, and why it hasn't died down yet.

**EDIT:** It's likely to conclude now. It seems DZK was fired. I'm hoping this thread can serve as a summary for those who want to get caught up, as well as a clear and well reasoned presentation of why it matters. #Timeline **August 7** - [Kotaku releases a story on sexism at Riot.]( The story is the result of several months of interviews, and gave several examples of behavior that isn't acceptable. After the article was published, some Rioters said they'd had similar experiences, while others said they hadn't seen those behaviors. Portions in the community doubted some claims for want of proof, but the consensus was that if the behavior described was happening it was unacceptable. **August 10** - [Riot Games official twitter responds]( - "*To listen, we have to be quiet. You haven’t heard from us, because we’re focused on listening and supporting internally. In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll share the immediate and long-term actions we’re taking to enact real change for women at Riot.*" **August 24** - [Riot releases their schedule for PAX West.]( Before their schedule, they state the following: "*Right next door in Room 613 we’re hosting a variety of sessions to support women and non-binary folks who are interested in getting into games professionally. Stop by to learn from and get to know some of the badass women of Riot!*" Nothing implies that this is exclusive to women/non-binary. Schedule is as follows: > * 10 AM-12 PM: 1-on-1 resume review & feedback > * 12-3 PM: Presentations including: > * Art + Champions/Skins Design > * How to be a Producer > * Narrative Writing > * Production Careers > * Game Design > * Advanced Cosplay > * 3-4:30 PM: Meditation / quiet space hour (except Sunday) > * 4:30-6 PM: “Ask a Rito” (Stop by and chat with a Rioter) **August 28** - In the comments, a user asks "*Are the game development and career presentations exclusive to women and non-binary folks? I am deeply interested in the subject matter and meeting Rioters is always fun, but I am neither a woman or non-binary. Am I still welcome to check these events out?*" **August 29** - [Riot games releases their statement]( on how they're going to try and eliminate sexism in the company. Some boards posters worry that the briefly mentioned Diversity and Inclusion Initiative will push agendas instead of fixing problems. Riot swimbananas replies to the PAX question "*The first two events of room 613 will be only open to women and nonbinary folks.(there might be some exceptions. I will try and post on Twitter the sechedule everyday) However, all the activities of the room will be open to all after 3pm, including the "Ask a Rito" time. :D*" This goes unnoticed at the time. **August 31** - This is a big day to unpack. I'll do my best, but I may miss something or events might not be listed chronologically. * PAX starts. * [Riot Games official Twitter confirms Riot swimbananas's statement that men are excluded from the panel]( * Reddit users realize people aren't being allowed into panels because of their gender, calling it sexist. The discussion bleeds over onto the Boards. Some see this as confirmation that the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative is being handled heavy handed and inappropriately, particularly when the the panels could have been opened to all even if they targeted women. * Rioter Daniel Z. Klein (frequently referred to as DZK) responds to the complaints and criticism in a way that wasn't becoming of a Rioter. For organization's sake I won't list them here, but just below. * An internal Riot Slack conversation is leaked. In it, a Rioter states how they think DZK's Twitter situation is concerning and out of hand. The Slack reaction seems to be that DZK's statements represent the other Rioters, and that they want to stand by him. **September 1** - [Riot Games official Twitter releases a statement]( "*To help recruit women into gaming, we held PAX workshops for women and non-binary people. We’re proud of that and stand with Rioters at PAX. Regarding conversations about this, we need to emphasize that no matter how heated a discussion, we expect Rioters to act with respect.*" **EDIT:** **September 7** - [Kotaku reports that DZK and Mattias Lehman have been fired]( -------- Personally, I think Pax could have and should have been handled better. Waiting until the day that a paid event starts to officially announce that people will be excluded from your panel is unacceptable. Even if you are targeting the panel to women/non-binary, you could have still allowed general admission after getting your target audience in. There can be no doubt that 1-on-1 resume feedback would have helped *anyone* looking for a job at Riot, not just women/non-binary. #However, PAX isn't the big issue anymore. While I disagree with how PAX was handled, that alone would have died out by now. What's kept the flame going is DZK's treatment of the community.[/img][/img][/img][/img][/img][/img][/img][/img] Now, regardless of if you agree or disagree with his sentiments, this isn't how a Rioter should behave towards the community. Other Rioters have managed to stand by Riot's PAX decision without causing anything like the problems that DZK has. Further complicating things, Riot Sanjuro was fired under not too different circumstances, but those were tied directly to Tyler1 instead of the community at large. I'm not saying DZK *has* to be fired, but I think Riot would probably owe their employees and the community at large a reason for treating the two differently if they don't fire him. **EDIT:** DZK is fired now. Guess a statement on the differences in Sanjuro's situation and DZK's wont be needed now.
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