Riot Forge is Riot’s new publishing label, co-created with several outside studios for the purpose of bringing the awesomeness to us directly. The company has praised the partnership, saying that joining forces with experienced studios is the way to go towards creating games that will be on par with the company’s legendary hit – League of Legends. It appears that they also have more precise and immediate plans, as they intend to expand the LoL universe with these future titles as well as provide support in all sorts of ways to its partners…
According to the company’s statement, Riot Forge is aimed at giving all of the partners the much needed support in terms of QA, research, localization, Voiceovers, Marketing, and all other aspects necessary to be up to date in the gaming industry and to have your own place under the Sun in terms of publishing. Currently, the platform is open for new developers and partners who are interested in coming into the fold to work with Riot and becoming a partner. Naturally, with the partners already on board, the studios already have a project in pre-production which will be unveiled at The Game Awards, happening next week!
With its offerings limited to League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, and Teamfight Tactics, Riot has been bent on expanding its offers as well as the creative process itself. For the past year or so, we got the two titles, Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra, as standalone games, but Riot also has three other projects, yet to be titled, and also a MOBA Wild Rift adaptation coming up. To broaden its pallet, the studio is also stepping away from their traditional genres and will be delving into fighting, tactical shooter, and even other genres for the titles that are still to be unveiled.
Riot Games, Inc. is a studio from West Los Angeles, California, and it is a major player in the video game developer scene, but also the esports scene. They were founded in 2006 and were acquired by Tencent in 2011, its majority anyway. LoL is their baby, no two words about it, and it has remained their flagship product to this day, with which they’ve sailed into the esports waters. In fact, Riot is organizing one of the biggest tournaments in the world of esports – League of Legends World Championship, European Championship, Championship Series, and Mid-Season Invitational tournaments.
The studio was recently into trouble though for accusations of gender discrimination, in terms of values and culture, and has agreed to pay a hefty sum of $10M as a settlement to about one thousand of its female employees, who were part of the company between 2014 and now. The company also vowed to improve the state of its internal affairs quickly and up to snuff and has even hired their first diversity officer now to help keep them on track. Riot Forge is another proof that the studio is still bent on growing and improving, even though they’ve practically conquered the MOBA and the esports scenes, and we can’t wait to hear about the results!
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