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Does Riot Games’ back-to-office policy put employees at risk? Game Developer Suddenly Removes Mask Mandate and More

Riot Games’ new return to work policy is now being criticized by many employees, claiming that the new rule may actually put their lives at risk.

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The California-based title maker announced that it will now allow staff to return to its offices without requiring them to wear face masks.

To make matters worse, the ‘League of Legends’ developer said it was also removing the COVID-19 vaccine proof mandate, along with testing.

New Riot Games Office Return Policy

According The edgeAccording to the latest report from Riot Games, Riot Games has decided to eliminate all essential COVID-19 measures from its return to office policy.

Does Riot Games' back-to-office policy put employees at risk?  Game Developer Suddenly Removes Mask Mandate and More

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For this reason, many employees are now complaining about the new rule.

“It’s a stupid, unnecessary policy that’s being carried out at the wrong time and being run with no real guarantee of our safety,” said a Riot Games employee, who asked not to be named.

At first, mask removal, COVID-19 proof, and testing mandates seem to be irrelevant during the ongoing health crisis.

But, Riot Games’ decision actually follows California state and federal guidelines. Recently, US state officials announced that indoor masking, negative COVID-19 test result, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are no longer required.

At this time, the giant game maker has not addressed employee concerns about the new back-to-office policy.

Other game developers with return-to-office policy issues

Outside of Riot Games, Technological crunch reported that Activision Blizzard is also coming under fire over its new health policy for employees returning to offices.

Recently, the company’s chief administrative officer, Brian Bulatao, said they were lifting the vaccination mandate for all personnel in the United States.

Now, just like in the case of Riot Games, Activision employees have also said the move will put immunocompromised people at risk of contracting the deadly virus.

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Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft and other giant tech companies are being questioned by employees about their decision to return to work.

On the other hand, a new study has claimed that COVID-19 remote work activity can also affect employees.

For more on the back-to-office activities of giant tech companies, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.

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