We aspire to be the most player-focused game company in the world. We were established in 2006 by a couple of entrepreneurial gamers who believe player-focused game development can result in awesome games. In 2009, we released our debut title, League of Legends, to critical and player acclaim. Over 67 million play every month.
We know players form the foundation of our community and it’s for them that we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience.
We hit the launch button on the Riot Games API Beta, and we’re ready for you to start tinkering with it. We’re psyched to share the API that the community's been craving, and we’re even more excited to see what kind of kickass tools and apps they’ll build.
We work hard to make Riot Games a collaborative, playful place to work, so it feels great to be recognized in Great Place to Work’s 2013 Best Medium Workplaces list. We’re stoked that this #3 nod will help us share Riot culture and programs with the world.
In their last physical issue, the editors of Game Developer Magazine included Riot in their "Top 30 Game Developers of All Time" listicle. As a young company still earning our stripes, we don't feel totally worthy of a list that includes developers of games we grew up playing. We still kinda feel like we're standing on the shoulders of giants. Or yetis.
Rioter feedback places Riot Games in the #4 spot among Glassdoor.com’s “25 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2013.”
League of Legends hit a new milestone, now regularly exceeding five million peak concurrent players globally. That’s a few more than we reported back in October. We're humbled by the support of players and now more than ever feel the weight of those expectations. Good luck, have fun, and please have mercy on our servers.
Edge Magazine’s released their 2013 Edge Developer Awards, and Riot Games features in the top ten countdown. The list is made up of “the best development studios on the planet today,” based on companies that are “creating enthralling experiences with finite development resources,” and “understand and engage with their audiences, and have the vision to know where games are going next.” Riot was called out specifically for promoting “balanced design, constant updates and community involvement.”
The flurry of end-of-year listicles has begun. Usually, journalists put companies on such lists thanks to what they have done, but in this case, Riot's co-founders "deserve recognition for what they haven't done," according to GamesIndustry International. What haven't we done, and why's that listicle-worthy?
Welcome to the new riotgames.com. This site will give you a peak behind the scenes, show you what we’re up to, and tell the Riot tales.
Rioters are gamers. We love games. As we strive to create the best player experiences, it’s important that we understand play beyond the Fields of Justice. This means that we play games – and not just our own. The new Riot Play Fund encourages plentiful play by giving each Rioter $300 to spend freely on any video game, whether MOBA, FPS, console or PC. We're equal opportunity players here.
League of Legends has in the last year tripled in size to 32 million monthly active – and we do mean active – players, making it the most played game in the Orion Spur of the Milky Way galaxy, by total hours played per month. That's good news for us and bad news for Teemo! Recent stats show that player-on-yordle violence has increased dramatically over the past year.
The popular Tribunal system brings League of Legends players who step out of line before a jury of their peers. With the October launch of Honor, we're bringing some carrot. Honor provides players a way to give each other virtual fist-bumps for excellent sportsmanship and teamwork. Badges for collaborative play? Sign us up.
Taiwanese underdogs Taipei Assassins slay the field and capture the title of League of Legends Season 2 World Champions. Over 8 million viewers tune in to watch TPA win the tournament's cash prize of $1,000,000. How'd they do it?
How do you get a new member of the team up to speed? Some companies call it onboarding or orientation. We introduce our new team members to Riot via a multi-week immersion program that starts on day one with a playtest.
We call it Denewbification.
Last year, we all took a cruise to Mexico. This year, we gather for the annual offsite in Las Vegas as "Mundo Healthcare" for a weekend of fun, games and some serious stuff, too. But there was one thing that happened in Vegas that won't stay in Vegas, and that's the Champions Cup. Engraved with the names of Rioters who do great deeds, the trophy travels to wherever there's an act of meritorious riotousness to commemorate.
Growing steadily since launch, League of Legends now hosts nearly 12 million players every month, 4 million of whom play daily. Teemo – that infamous Yordle players just wanna hug to death – dies 1,389 times a minute.
Over 200,000 viewers FnaticMSI triumph 2-1 over formidable French foes to become the first-ever world champions for League of Legends. Team MVP Shushei claims he's gonna buy a guitar and drum set with his winnings.
Riot says “Ni hao” to a new partnership with Tencent. Soon, players throughout China will be saying the same thing to League of Legends, thanks to Tencent's operating muscle.
League of Legends wins five GDC Online awards: Best Online Game Design, Best Visual Arts, Best Online Technology, Best New Online Game, and the Audience Award. Riot's crew has to check luggage on the way home from Austin.
League of Legends officially launches in North America and Europe. Tens of thousands of players dig it.
Two life-long hardcore online gamers, Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, ditch life in the corporate world to start Riot Games.
The Riot Manifesto
Player Experience First
We obsess over every aspect of the total experience.
From a newb's first game to a veteran's thousandth, from installation to matchmaking to support to televised eSports. It all matters.
We listen to what players say and do. We analyze deeply. Then we act to make their experience better.
Impossible’s our favorite kind of possible.
Doing the right thing often requires disregarding the rules and upending the status quo.
Focus on Talent and Team
We attract, develop, and cultivate.
We foster entrepreneurial teams who prefer action (kicking ass) over process and bureaucracy (taking names).
As a meritocracy, we hold Rioters accountable for exercising judgment and delivering value.
Take Play Seriously
It’s never just a game.
We play lots of games, especially our own. Every Rioter's first day begins with a play test.
Though we're serious professionals, we don't take ourselves too seriously. We make time for daily play and fun. Memes litter presentations, squirt guns keep the peace at Show & Tell, and PC Bangs are built into new offices.
Stay Hungry, Stay Humble
We're humbitious – ambitious but humble.
Ambition cures diseases of corporate complacency. Plus, little plans just have no magic in them.
Humility's a must, too. Rioters welcome feedback and always remember the families, teammates, partners, and (especially) players who make it all possible.
Where We Play
Riot Games’ HQ is based in sunny Santa Monica, California, but we’ve got 11 offices across the globe. Our international teams ensure that player experiences aren’t lost in translation - no matter where your desk sits, you’re still a Rioter.