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Riot Founders to Return to the Trenches to 'Put the 'S' in Riot GameS'

Posted by Suzie Ford on Oct 13, 2017  | Comments

Riot Founders to Return to the Trenches to 'Put the 'S' in Riot GameS' - MMORPG.com

Riot Games founders Brandon "Ryze" Beck and Marc "Tryndamere" Merrill have announced that they're returning to the development trenches in an effort, they wrote, to put the "s" in Riot Games, apparently working on something other than League of Legends. Rumors have swirled for years that Riot was working on an MMO. 

Hey everyone,

We wanted to share an exciting piece of news with you all: the two of us are actively changing our roles to be much more focused on games again.

When we founded Riot eleven years ago, we spent virtually every waking hour of the day (and night!) thinking about how to make League of Legends as great of an experience as possible. As League started having success however, Riot Games grew from those humble beginnings where we could feed the whole team with a handful of pizzas to now having over 2,500 Rioters across 20 offices around the world. This growth has lots of benefits: our capabilities improved, our reach broadened, and we could deliver League of Legends and esports to more players than ever before. But this growth also meant that the majority of our time is allocated to “managing” the company rather than focusing on creating incredible experiences for players, which is what we really love to do.

We haven’t been on this journey alone of course, and have been lucky to assemble a very capable and driven leadership team of gamers over time who believe in our mission just as much as we do. In our new roles we’re going back to focusing on what is ultimately the most important thing we do: making great games. Dylan Jadeja (CFO), Scott Gelb (CTO), and Nicolo Laurent (President) will tank company operations; all three are longtime Rioters who have been integral to shaping our company’s vision, strategy, and culture over the last decade. We are thrilled to be able to have a great team of such capable leaders and look forward to working with them to finally put the “s” in Riot Games.

We’re incredibly excited to jump back into the trenches for this next chapter and look forward to sharing what we’re up to along the way. Thanks to all of you for continuing to make our dream jobs possible.

Tryndamere & Ryze

What do you think that Riot is working on? Could it be an MMO? Something else? 

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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