Riot Games Shuts Down Riot Forge & Lays Off 530 People

Riot Games Shuts Down Riot Forge & Lays Off 530 People

League of Legends developer Riot Games shared an update on the future of the company through the official site. In it, CEO Dylan Jadeja outlined the choice to shut down Riot Forge which, in turn, also means eliminating 530 roles globally (around 11% of the workforce). According to the blog post, this decision is made to further create focus and to move Riot as a company toward a more sustainable future.

“Today, we’re a company without a sharp enough focus, and simply put, we have too many things underway. Some of the significant investments we’ve made aren’t paying off the way we expected them to. Our costs have grown to the point where they’re unsustainable, and we’ve left ourselves with no room for experimentation or failure – which is vital to a creative company like ours. All of this puts the core of our business at risk.”

The CEO has stressed that Riot remains as committed as ever to League PC, Valorant, TFT, and Wild Rift. The support for esports also remains unchanged. However, there will be changes when it comes to the projects that aren’t performing as well as expected:

  • Legends of Runeterra is moving toward sustainability. The game has not performed as well as Riot needed i do, and so the studio reduces the size of the team and shifts the focus to the “Path of Champions” PvE game mode.
  • Following the release of Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story, Riot Forge will cease new game development. The studio does not view it as a “core to the strategy moving onward”.

“We aren’t closing the door entirely on single-player experiences or working with other developers if the right project comes along, but we would want it to look pretty different in the future. “

Per the blog post, Riot is focusing on the teams behind League, Valorant, TFT and Wild Rift so that they can in turn focus on delivering the content, features, and updates that directly respond to what players have been asking for. Expect events, modes, and long-term roadmaps that lead to vibrant (hopefully multi-decade) futures for these games.

Stay tuned to find out more once the devs are ready to share.

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A lover of all things RPG and TBS, Catherine is always looking for a new fantasy world to get lost in.

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