The acquisition of Wargaming’s Sydney studio by Riot Games, a game developer and publisher best known for League of Legends, has been finalised. The firm, which will now go by the name Riot Sydney, is a worldwide development powerhouse with experience in developing games, servers, and tools for the next generation of gaming, as well as prototypes for new game features, add-ons, and console ports.
Riot Games co-founder and president Marc Merill said, “We are really excited to bring these talented developers and teams to Riot. 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 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.”
The newly founded Riot Sydney will make use of their vast experience to support Riot’s tech teams, League of Legends, and Valorant teams even more. Under the direction of Molly Mason-Boule, a seasoned professional and Riot’s head of Development Studios, the studio will play a significant role in Riot’s Development Studios organisation. Under Molly’s direction, Riot is broadening its strategy for international growth. Over time, Riot anticipates the expansion of the Australian gaming market and will keep looking into similar chances to bring in knowledgeable personnel from experienced companies.
One of Australia’s major development studios, it has contributed to a variety of console and PC games, including World of Warships, World of Tanks, and many others. Bigworld Technology, the studio’s award-winning technology, served as the impetus for joining Wargaming in 2012. Bigworld Technology, which previously ran more than 30 MMOs and online games and held the Guinness World Record for the Most Players Online at Once on an MMO Server, before this. Bigworld Technology will continue to be used by Wargaming for their products, and they will retain ownership of it.
10 years after Bigworld joined Wargaming and contributed to the development of some of the most well-known games, the company was acquired. With more than 25 years of gaming expertise in Australia, the studio has established itself as one of the most creative groups in the region and gaming sector.
The whole development crew of the company will join Riot Sydney, however the current publishing team will stay with Wargaming.