Riot Games founders to take step back, focus on making games

Riot Games’ cofounders step back into active development as the studio looks towards game two

Riot's founders, Brandon Beck and Marc Merill, are changing their roles so that they're more in touch with active development at the company.

Riot Games was founded by the two in Los Angeles in 2006 as a company dedicated completely to the creation, expansion and perfection of popular MOBA League of Legends. The masterminds behind League of Legends shed blood, sweat and tears to ensure the game became the hit it is today, and it seems they're heading back to "the trenches" to retain their developing roots.

For the duo, it was an unfortunate side effect of League's success, but now they'll be winding back the clock and jumping back into the trenches for the company's next chapter.

Over the course of a decade, Riot Games has grown into a huge studio with 20 offices around the world and over 2,500 employees, all built around a single game: League of Legends. "Thanks to all of you for continuing to make our dream jobs possible".

"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".

However, now the pair admit that they spend the majority of their time managing the company rather than "creating incredible experiences for players".

Their absence will be filled by chief operating officer Dylan Jadeja, chief technical officer Scott Gelb, and president Nicolo Laurent. As explained in their statement, day-to-day operations will be taken over by three members of the company.

In a surprise announcement yesterday, Riot announced that Merrill and Beck will be stepping back from their management roles to focus on the core product: games.

The last part of their blog post hinted strongly at the development of a new game but there was no indication on whether this was a League of Legends spin-off or a brand new IP.

Related News:

  • Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO) Trading Volume Significantly Lower

    With the firm's stock price now trading around $43.85, the firm has proven a solid track record of growth over the recent years. Currently, the stock carries a price to earnings ratio of 0, a price to book ratio of 2.12, and a price to sales ratio of 1.06.
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic trains at Carrington ahead of Liverpool clash

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic trains at Carrington ahead of Liverpool clash

    The agent of reported Manchester United and AC Milan target Pietro Pellegri has compared his client to Zlatan Ibrahimovic . Giuseppe Riso told Italian newspaper Secolo XIX : "I am not in contact with anyone at the moment".
    Kim Kardashian Clears Up Rumors About North & Saint's Relationship

    Kim Kardashian Clears Up Rumors About North & Saint's Relationship

    When I was breastfeeding him, she was so jealous I had to get a little milk box and put it in the other bra with a straw. Kim recently told Ryan Seacrest that North tries to "outsmart" her by acting like she just wants to be around females.
  • Turkey says interested in Russian S-500 missiles too

    Erdogan underlined that Turkey has the right to self-defense, and no country in the world has the right to tell it what to do. Reportedly in July 2017, Turkey reached an agreement with Russian Federation to purchase the S-400.
    Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) Trading Up - Shorts Down -9.03%

    Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) Trading Up - Shorts Down -9.03%

    Waldron LP purchased a new stake in shares of Danaher Corporation during the first quarter worth approximately $320,000. Danaher Corporation designs, makes and markets professional, medical, industrial and commercial services and products.

    Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY)

    The Firm is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supplying a range of payment solutions and complementary services. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock.
  • Juncker Says Does Not Want Catalan Independence

    Juncker Says Does Not Want Catalan Independence

    After consideration, it was decided not to respond to the request of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The Catalan government has not given any signal of what it intends to do.
    Police search for Dodge County Jail inmate

    Police search for Dodge County Jail inmate

    If you see Farber, the sheriff's office says to call 911 immediately. Law enforcement searched the area but could not locate the inmate.

    Stock is up at $261.44 (BA) Boeing, Air India Celebrate Airline's…

    For BA, the company now has $8.74 Billion of cash on the books, which is offset by $720 Million current liabilities. On July 27 the stock rating was upgraded from "Neutral" to "Sector Perform" in a statement from Credit Suisse.
  • S Korea, China renew United States dollars  56 bn currency swap deal despite

    S Korea, China renew United States dollars 56 bn currency swap deal despite

    The agreement douses speculation that negotiations had been bogged down by a dispute over the installment of a U.S. THAAD missile defense battery in South Korea.
    Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download

    Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download

    Further, the At a Glance widget remains in the homepage itself whereas the Google Search Bar is displayed on all the pages. Better yet, it's based on an APK file that you can install just like a regular app - no root required.
    Bank of America profit rises 15% on lower costs

    Bank of America profit rises 15% on lower costs

    The results beat Wall Street analysts' expectations, which were looking for a profit of 46 cents per share, according to FactSet. Buffett has publicly praised Bank of America chief Brian Moynihan and said his firm plans to be a shareholder for a long time.


Most liked

4D Pharma Plc (DDDD.L)'s AroonUp Technicals Above 70
The simple moving average is a mathematical calculation that takes the average price (mean) for a given amount of time. In similar to other moving averages way, the TEMA indicator is used to identify trends and generate trading signals.

Sherwin-Williams Company (The) (NYSE:SHW) Stock - Is it Overbought?
Rowland & Communications Investment Counsel Adv accumulated 0% or 364 shares. (NASDAQ:GILD) for 53,110 shares. Northeast Investment Management increased Sherwin (SHW) stake by 135.07% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing.

USA bars Russian General Staff delegation from taking part in United Nations event
Major General Zhou Shangping, deputy director-general of the Operations Bureau, the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission, also briefed.

Shares Seesawing on Volume: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE: TEVA ) displayed a change of 1.59% after which it closed the day' session at $12.45. Historical returns can also be useful when estimating where future points of data may fall in terms of standard deviations.

Sen. Collins to announce this morning whether she will run for governor
The Republican senator said she made her decision based on where she could do the most for ME and the country. Collins, 64, is popular in the state, having won re-election in 2014 with 68 percent of the vote.

Seoul court extends ex-president's detention
But the scandal that emerged late past year unleashed nationwide fury, even among many of her conservative supporters. Choi has also been detained for months while on trial for multiple charges including coercion and bribery.

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (KORS) Releases Earnings Results
The Company's nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution and ammonium nitrate (AN). Twin Capital Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Michael Kors Holdings by 0.8% in the first quarter.

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (CBSH) Holdings Trimmed by Walthausen & Co. LLC
It has outperformed by 2.81% the S&P500. 499.72 million shares or 1.80% less from 508.89 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its stake in Commerce Bancshares by 0.3% during the second quarter.

BBC ordered to air more homegrown content
Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom Content and Media Policy Director, said: "The BBC is the cornerstone of United Kingdom broadcasting". Ofcom has also called for the BBC to provide regular and detailed updates on its progress in improving diversity.

Warning to humanity of 'antibiotics apocalypse'
Anti-microbial resistance occurs through Darwinian principles of natural selection. THE world is facing an " antibiotics apocalypse" which could kill millions.

Bank of America Corporation Announces 15% Increase In Q3 Earnings
This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.89%. 90 funds opened positions while 170 raised stakes. The Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc holds 2.25M shares with $125.37 million value, up from 2.24M last quarter.

European Space Agency Launches Satellite on Mission to Monitor Global Air Quality
The Sentinel-5P satellite is designed for a mission life of about seven years but carries enough fuel to last a decade, ESA officials said.

BB&T Securities LLC Boosts Stake in Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
The stock of Synopsys, Inc. 07/11/2016 - Automatic Data Processing, Inc. was upgraded to "outperform" by analysts at Sanford C. On average, equities research analysts expect that Automatic Data Processing will post $3.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

United Kingdom 'will have to pay' for leaving European Union , says Juncker
In a debate at a university in his native Luxembourg, Juncker was brutally honest in his assessment of the Brexit talks.

Points: Jets Take On Patriots at MetLife
The Jets reached the AFC Conference Championship in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 but haven't reached the playoffs since. On defense, the Jets have over-performed so far and are 11th in stopping their opponents on third down and 10th in turnovers.