[hytale riot games]Riot Games Buys Hypixel Studios

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  Riot Games, a Los Angeles, California-based game developer and publisher known for League of Legends, acquired Hypixel Studios, a Londonderry, Northern Ireland-based gaming developer.

  The amount of the deal was not disclosed.

  This acquisition represents the expansion of a long-standing relationship, with Hypixel Studios gaining access to Riot Games’ experience in developing and publishing acclaimed, player-focused games.

  Founded in 2018 by Simon Collins-Laflamme, with support from an advisory group of angel investors, including Riot Games, Hypixel Studios is currently developing Hytale, a community-powered block game that combines the scope of a creative sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game. Hytale has recorded over 2.5 million sign-ups for its beta and millions of views on YouTube for its trailer. In November, the studio announced that it is planning for Hytale to be playable by everyone in 2021.

  Hypixel Studios will retain its current structure while also establishing a permanent office in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The new office will act as a base for back-office functions and quality assurance. Hypixel Studios is hiring 20 new positions in these areas, with further growth expected as the development of Hytale progresses. It will be led by Aaron ‘Noxy’ Donaghey, the newly appointed CEO.

  Founded in 2006 Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Dylan Jadeja, President, and Brian Cho, Head of Corporate and Business Development, Riot Games develops, publishes, and supports player-focused games including League of Legends, the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the growth of esports, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles. The studio is also building the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, board games, and the upcoming animated series Arcane.

  The company has a team of 2,500+ in 20+ offices worldwide.



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