Riot buys Wargaming's Sydney studio

Date Type Companies involved Size
October 18th, 2022 acquisition Riot Games
Not disclosed
Riot buys Wargaming's Sydney studio

League of Legends maker Riot Games is acquiring Wargaming's studio in Sydney.

No figure has been placed on the deal, which sees the developer be rebranded to Riot Sydney. The studio has worked on many of Wargaming's IP, including World of Tanks and World of Warships. Riot Sydney is also behind the award-winning MMO-powering Bigworld Technology.

The studio will now be working on Riot's portfolio, such as League of Legends and Valorant, as well as contributing to the company's tech.

“We are really excited to bring these talented developers and teams to Riot,” Riot president and co-founder Marc Merrill said.

“The Rioters that have had the opportunity to work with members of the Sydney team are confident not only in the tech they’ve built over the years but, more importantly, in the people who’ve built it. Naz, Naresh Hirani, Head of Development, Riot Sydney, and the dev teams at the studio have a long history of working in ways that will complement Riot’s ability to deliver value to our players and we really look forward to collaborating with them.”

Hirani added: “Being part of Wargaming has been a phenomenal journey for us over the last 10 years, and it’s helped our studio grow and thrive. We were really impressed by the cultural fit we’ve experienced in our dealings with everyone at Riot, and we can’t wait to bring our expertise in global development to the respective teams. I know I speak for the whole team when I say how excited we all are to become part of Riot and help deliver amazing experiences to players.”

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