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15/07/10

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Operation to create new high skilled positions over the next three years

When making the decision on where to locate our European Headquarters we were attracted to Ireland by its reputation as an emerging hub for online game servicing.  We’re aware of the success that other gaming companies have had in Ireland and of the highly creative, talented workforce available here.

Brandon Beck, CEO of Riot Games

Dublin, Ireland, 15 July 2010 - IDA Ireland today announced that Riot Games, a leading independent developer and publisher of premium online video games, is establishing its European Headquarters in Dublin. The company plans to grow the office with high-skilled positions as it increases its European presence over the next three years.  IDA Ireland worked closely with Riot Games to attract this investment to Ireland and is assisting the company with the establishment of the operation.   

Riot Games, headquartered in Los Angeles, was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games targeted at hardcore gamers.  The new Irish centre will support the European operations for its initial game League of Legends™. Since its North American and European launch in October, 2009, more than 2 million gamers have logged on to play the game, logging more than 15 million hours of playtime each month.

Making the announcement, Barry O’Leary said: “I am delighted to announce that Riot Games is locating its EMEA Headquarters in Dublin.  Recently named one of the top 30 game developers in the world, Riot is a welcome addition to Ireland’s vibrant digital media portfolio. Many of the world’s international gaming companies have already recognised the benefits of locating strategically important operations in Ireland and today’s announcement is further evidence that Ireland continues to be a major player in winning investment from highly innovative gaming companies”.

“Riot Games is an excellent example of the type of high growth technology company which IDA targeted under our Horizon 2020 strategy. There are now more than 1,500 people employed in the computer games industry in Ireland, a five-fold increase since 2002.  Today’s announcement reinforces Ireland’s reputation as a leading location for digital media companies” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Brandon Beck, CEO of Riot Games said: “When making the decision on where to locate our European Headquarters we were attracted to Ireland by its reputation as an emerging hub for online game servicing.  We’re aware of the success that other gaming companies have had in Ireland and of the highly creative, talented workforce available here.  League of Legends has been successfully received in Europe, and our EMEA Headquarters will allow us to enhance our levels of service to this rapidly growing base of customers.  We look forward to counting Dublin as an important hub for our European presence”.

Riot Games is looking to fill several positions and interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.RiotGames.com/Careers to see job openings and to submit their resume.

About Riot Games, Inc.
Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. Riot Games, based in Los Angeles, is funded through venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and China’s largest online services corporation, Tencent. 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. For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com.

For further information please contact:
Media contacts:
Riot Games
US Contact
Conor Campbell
Riot Games
Tel. 00 1 858 337 9088
Email: ccampbell@riotgames.com

Europe Contact
Jennifer Siclari
Riot Games
Tel. 00353 879 104 443
Email: jsiclari@riotgames.com

Jen Bolton/Martin Rabl
ICO Partners
Email: pr@icopartners.com

Recruitment contact
www.RiotGames.com/Careers

IDA Ireland

Gillian Lawless, Press & PR, Tel : 01-6034095/ 0879050699

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