Where Will League of Legends and Riot Games be in 10-15 Years?

by Matt Best

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It's hard to believe that League of Legends was released in October of 2009. Since then, the game has gone on to be one of the most popular, if not the most popular PC game in recent history.

According to Tryndamere, the Co-Founder of Riot Games, the journey has been a long road but very much worth it. "When Ryze and I founded Riot and started creating League of Legends 10 years ago, we never could’ve imagined where League and Riot would be today. Every day we’re blown away by the community’s deep commitment to the game and to each other. As Rioters, we have had an unrelenting focus on supporting and improving League of Legends, and while this commitment has on occasion led to some criticism about Riot only having one game, we think it’s been incredibly important to build a foundation that will enable Riot to create great games and experiences long into the future."

The growth has been incredible. The game has filled arenas such as Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center, just to name a pair. Multi-million dollar tournaments have been held and the purse has only gotten bigger year after year. For Tryndamere, they aren't driven by dollar signs. "We aren’t driven by external “business goals” such as “ship x games in 5 years” or “go hit X in revenue by 2020.” Instead, we’re guided by a relentless pursuit of creating meaningful experiences that will resonate with serious gamers and that we think players want to see."

For Riot to continue to grow, Tryndamere says it's all about taking ideas and seeing where they can go before pushing them out to the public. "The really hard part is actually building an incredible product and executing on the idea sufficiently to ensure the experience actually matches the potential that the initial idea promised. League MMO where?! League movie, where?! Those ideas are beautiful when they are in all of our heads, but realizing the full potential of ideas like those is what is really difficult to do."

So the question still stands. Where will Riot be in the not so distant future? For Tryndamere, it's all about taking the punches as they come. League has always been a chameleon if you will. Riot has been able to adapt to many things and obstacles in their way and that seems like the correct path in the future. "We’ll continue to evolve League of Legends as a holistic experience—we’ll keep improving the competitive side of the game while continuing to enrich the universe around the game. We’ll continue to evolve and improve the League Esports ecosystem to try to ensure League remains a global sport that lasts for generations. Beyond League, we aspire to deliver a handful of other games that we hope players love. Just like with League of Legends, we’re less concerned about mass market appeal and are more interested in deeply serving the audience the game is trying to delight."

I guess there is no definite answer as to where League of Legends will be in the future. Riot has built an empire by not creating lofty expectations and filling minds with nonsense and unachievable goals. Instead, they've been a big proponent of going with the flow and adapting to what the community wants and what works in the scene. As long as they continue down this path of domination, it won't really matter where they are in 10-15 years. They'll be there.

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.