League of Legends Founders Stop Being Managers, Return To "Making Great Games"

Riot Games' Founders Tryndamere and Ryze Step Down to Focus on New Games

Riot Games' founders are shifting their roles to focus on "making great games"

After years of handling the business of running a colossal video games company like Riot Games, Marc "Tryndamere" Merrill and Brandon "Ryze" Beck are happy to be back in the trenches of games development.

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What's more - it looks like they might be working on a brand new game.

"When we founded Riot eleven years ago, we spent virtually every waking hour of the day (and night!) thinking about how to make League of Legends as great of an experience as possible".

"We are thrilled to be able to have a great team of such capable leaders and look forward to working with them to finally put the "s" in Riot Games", the pair concluded.

"That growth had lots of benefits: our capabilities improved, our reach broadened, and we could deliver League of Legends and eSports to more players than ever before".

"In our new roles we're going back to focusing on what is ultimately the most important thing we do: making great games", they said.

For the duo, it was an unfortunate side effect of League's success, but now they'll be winding back the clock and jumping back into the trenches for the company's next chapter.

This means they are dropping their management responsibilities which have been handed to Dylan Jadeja (CFO), Scott Gelb (CTO), and Nicolo Laurent (President).

It's unclear what Merill and Beck will be working on in the future and it's also unclear whether they will keep their current roles within the company.

Besides League of Legends, Riot Games has only developed and published a tabletop spin-off product called Mechs vs. Minions previous year.

Riot's second game has been the cause of much speculation of late.

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