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General Information
DescriptionVideo game developer


Culver City, USA
10736 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA, 90230


CEO and Founder
President and Founder
International Publishing Manager


Hammer & Chisel 11/2013


Series C, 9/2009
FirstMark Capital


Riot Games

Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. To date, more than one million gamers play League of Legends and log more than half a billion minutes of playtime each month. For more information, please visit

League of Legends, Riot Games’ debut title, celebrated its first anniversary on Oct. 27, 2010. Since its launch in North America and Europe, millions of players have downloaded the game to engage in session-based, multiplayer battles against rival teams. Built by a veteran development team, including original creators of the popular, player-made mod Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends combines elements of both strategy and competitive action genres.

Recent Milestones

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    Riot Games invested in Hammer & Chisel. (11/21/13)
    Posted 11/21/13 at 7:57pm via
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    Riot Games — League of Legends Community More than Doubles in Just Four Months, Surpassing 11 Million Active Players as Riot Games Prepares to Kick Off Season Two (11/17/11)
    Posted 1/26/12 at 5:07pm via
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    Riot Games — League of Legends surpasses 15M registered players, 1.4M play daily (7/26/11)
    Posted 1/26/12 at 5:14pm via
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    Riot Games — Tencent Holdings acquires a majority stake in Riot Games for an undisclosed amount. Riot to retain creative and managerial autonomy. (2/4/11)
    Posted 4/7/11 at 5:10pm via
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    Riot Games was acquired by Tencent for $400. (1/1/11)
    Posted 3/24/14 at 10:20pm via
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    Riot Games received $8M in Series C funding. (9/9/09)
    Posted 9/9/09 at 5:50am via
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    Riot Games added Marc Merrill as President and Founder. (1/1/06)
    Posted 1/26/12 at 5:05pm
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    Riot Games added Brandon Beck as CEO and Founder. (1/1/06)
    Posted 1/26/12 at 5:03pm
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    Riot Games added Jason Yeh as International Publishing Manager.
    Posted 7/30/09 at 5:10pm
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    Riot Games added Mitch Lasky as Member, Board of Directors.
    Posted 8/29/12 at 12:54pm



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