Riot Games will publish third-party developer games based on League of Legends

Riot Games announced a new publishing group working with proven third-party developers to create games that expand on the League of Legends universe.

The first initiative of its kind at Riot, Riot Forge will enhance the Riot Games Research and Development efforts. Riot recently announce eight big game and media projects under way to launch new internally developed games beyond its 10-year-old League of Legends online strategy game. And now Riot is planning on publishing games made outside of Riot.

The effort is part of a sea change at Riot that has been under way for a while. The Los Angeles company has 2,500 employees, but clearly not all of them are working on League of Legends, which after a decade still has 8 million concurrent players.

“We are humbled by our partner developers who are so passionate to work on games set in the LoL IP, which offers limitless potential with its expansive world and deep champion pool,” said Leanne Loombe, head of Riot Forge, in a statement. “We are sincerely committed to our developers’ long term success and together we aim to deliver great experiences for players of all types.”

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