Riot Games buys online gaming giant Wargaming Sydney

The project is part of the goal of growing the video game market in Australia

Riot Games, a video game developer and distributor best known for League of Legends, today completed the acquisition of the Wargaming Sydney studio. The studio will be renamed Riot Sydney: in addition to the development of next-generation video games, it will also deal with prototypes for new game features, add-ons and transpositions for consoles. “We are very excited to welcome these highly talented developers and teams to Riot,” said Marc Merrill, President of Games and co-founder of Riot. “The Rioters who have had the opportunity to work with the Sydney team members have full confidence not only in the technology they have developed over the years, but, more importantly, in the people who created it. Naz (Naresh Hirani, Head of development, Riot Sydney) and the studio’s development team have a long history in the industry that certifies a way of working that will allow Riot to further improve what we offer our players, and we look forward to collaborating with them. . “

Newborn Riot Sydney will use his skills to empower Riot’s League of Legends, Valorant, and technical teams, and will contribute to the organization of the company’s development studies under the direction of Molly Mason-Boule, head of research studies. development of Riot. Under Molly’s leadership, Riot is expanding its global development approach with the goal, over time, of growing the gaming industry in Australia. Additionally, the company will continue to explore similar opportunities to add experienced talent from established studios. “Over the past 10 years, being part of Wargaming has been a phenomenal journey for us and has helped our studio grow and succeed,” said Naz. “We have been very impressed with the matching of values ​​we have found throughout our relationships with all Riot members we have worked with, and we look forward to putting our global development skills at the service of their respective teams. speak on behalf of the entire team when I say that we are very excited to be part of Riot and to have the opportunity to help deliver amazing experiences for players. “

The development studio is one of the largest in Australia and has worked on World of Tanks, World of Warships and many other console and PC titles. Bigworld Technology, the technology he developed, was the key factor that enabled him to become part of Wargaming in 2012. Prior to this date, Bigworld Technology contributed to the operation of over 30 MMOs and online games and even entered the Guinness Book. of firsts for the largest number of players online simultaneously on an MMO server. Wargaming will remain the owner of Bigworld Technology and will continue to use it for its products. The acquisition comes 10 years after Bigworld joined Wargaming, during which time it helped the studio create some of the most popular games in the world. The studio has over 25 years of gaming experience in Australia and their team has proven to be one of the most innovative in the region and industry. The studio’s entire development staff will join Riot Sydney, while the current publishing team will remain at Wargaming.