Riot Games co-founders and League of Legends creators Brandon “Ryze” Beck and Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill have decided to delegate ongoing company admin, management, and other dreary business stuff to other people, and get back into actually making games, the two announced this week. So, League of Legends 2? Maybe. Probably.
Beck and Merrill opened Riot Games in Los Angeles in 2006, launched League of Legends in October 2008, and you already know how that worked out.
“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,” the guys explain in an update on the studio’s website.
“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.”
Which is already a thing, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing that. Riot Games has released a number of other games for PC and mobile in the last four years, plus Mechs vs Minions, a co-op strategy tabletop game in 2016. So how about that.