Riot establishes new publishing venture, Riot Forge, to work with third-party devs for new League of Legends IPs

Riot Games has announced it’s collaborating with “proven” third-party developers as part of a new publishing venture, Riot Forge, to create new games based within the League of Legends universe.

Riot Forge – which “will focus on creating fresh and compelling gaming experiences for players around the world while also complementing already existing titles with the aim of unleashing their full potential” – says it will work closely with its third-party developers “to ensure they are supported by Riot’s teams to create fun, compelling and unique game experiences in their own voice within the League of Legends Universe”.

The company says it has “multiple titles in development” and will release “new game experiences that have yet to be seen, complementing the multiple new titles debuted by Riot Games during its 10-Year Anniversary Edition Riot Pls”.

“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. “We are sincerely committed to our developers’ long term success and together we aim to deliver great experiences for players of all types.”

“We are always looking for new ways to bring the World of Runeterra and its champions to new and existing audiences around the world,” said Greg Street, VP of IP and entertainment at Riot Games. “There are so many talented game studios around the world that have exceptional experience and craft skills in all areas of game development, and we are really excited to work together to bring the LoL IP to new game experiences.”

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In other Riot news, yesterday the company announced it had agreed to fund $10 million (£7.6m) for a collective settlement after female workers filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging the publisher of a “sexually-hostile working environment” that has stifled their pay and career prospects because they are women. The final amount each female receives will depend upon “their tenure, length and status” and while the settlement also includes contractors, permanent employees will reportedly receive higher compensation.

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