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What you need to know

  • Riot Games has announced a new publishing initiative.
  • It is aimed at publishing games from 3rd-party developers based on the League of Legends universe.
  • This announcement comes less than a week after Riot settled a gender discrimination lawsuit for $10 million.

I hope you like League of Legends, because it's not going away anytime soon. In fact, Riot appears to have only scratched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the franchise's potential. Riot has announced a new publishing initiative within the company that will partner with 3rd-party developers to create new games based on the popular League of Legends property (via Venture Beat).

Riot Forge, as it's being called, will complement the company's research and development program. The publishing label aims to help 3rd-party developers find "their own space to tell their story and re-imagine League in their own style."

"We are humbled by our partner developers who are so passionate to work on games set in the LoL IP, which offers limitless potential with its expansive world and deep champion pool," said Leanne Loombe, head of Riot Forge, in a statement. "We are sincerely committed to our developers' long term success and together we aim to deliver great experiences for players of all types."

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Just last month, Riot had announced its own League of Legends mobile game with the promise that it would be like the original game on PC and not become a pay-to-win mess we've seen happen countless times before.

Riot Games has found itself in the public eye lately after a long history of gender discrimination and harassment was documented in a Kotaku report. A lawsuit regarding the accusations was recently settled by the company for $10 million, to be paid to every woman who has worked at the company since 2014.

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