Riot Games is known for doing one thing, and doing it well… League of Legends. But now it looks like they might be expanding their focus. The company’s founders, Brandon “Ryze” Beck and Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill have announced that they will be changing their roles within the company in an effort to focus on making games again. According to the official post on the Riot site, the founders will be focusing on making games. They even tease the possibility of more games on the Riot roster by noting that they’ll “finally put the ‘s’ in Riot Games.”
The full post is available to view below. Or you can check it out on the Riot site.
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