League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced its venture into video game publishing via a new publishing arm called Riot Forge. The goal of Riot Forge is to partner with experienced studios outside of Riot Games to create single-player, story-driven games set in League of Legends’ Runeterra universe.
Greg Street, Riot’s vice president of IP and entertainment, took to Twitter to celebrate the announcement, tweeting, “Riot Forge is something I am proud to have helped create. We are now an indie game publisher! The story-based games you want in the League universe are coming!”
Riot Forge will provide localization, research, marketing, voiceovers, QA, and other kinds of support to its development partners, and is currently searching for new studios to work with. The publishing arm’s first game is already in development, however, as The Game Awards has confirmed that the first Riot Forge developer will be revealing its new League of Legends game at the show on December 12.
It’s been a busy few months for Riot Games. This news follows last month’s announcement that the studio is also working on a first-person shooter and a fighting game. Riot’s company culture is also being overhauled in the aftermath of a $10 million gender discrimination lawsuit.
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