Riot Games have completed the acquisition of Wargaming Sydney studio to accelerate the development of live service games.
League of Legends and Valorant developer and publisher Riot Game have officially acquired Wargaming Sydney studio, known for World of Tanks and World of Warships: Legends titles. Wargaming Sydney will be renamed Riot Sydney and the studio’s entire development staff will join the newly formed team, while the existing publishing team will remain a part of Wargaming.
Riot say that the newly established Riot Sydney studio will use their experience and expertise to further augment the League of Legends, Valorant and tech teams at Riot.
They also see the studio as a key contributor to Riot's Development Studios organization under industry veteran and Riot’s Head of Development Studios, Molly Mason-Boule.
"Under Molly's leadership, Riot is expanding its approach to global development, and over time, Riot is looking forward to growing the game industry in Australia and will also continue to explore similar opportunities to add expert talent from veteran studios," Riot state in the press release.
Wargaming Sydney is one of the largest video game development studios in Australia and have worked on many titles on both console and PC. Naresh Hirani, Head of Development at now Riot Sydney says the team are excited to join Riot and can't wait to get started under the new name.
"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."
In addition to games, Wargaming Sydney also developed BigWorld Technology which powers over 30 MMOs and online games and also held the Guinness World Record for most players online simultaneously on one MMO Server. Interestingly, Wargaming will maintain ownership of and continue the use of BigWorld Technology for their products.