Riot Games

Riot Games Announces Strategic Shift With 46 Layoffs

Riot Games, the studio behind Valorant and League of Legends, has laid off 46 employees in what they call a strategic shift.

The news comes from esports reporter Jacob Wolf via Twitter, with Riot Games confirming the layoffs shortly after.

The layoff affects 46 employees across HR, recruitment, esports, and support departments. Riot did not confirm any specifics

“With these shifts, certain roles were eliminated, impacting a total of 46 Rioters,” said a Riot representative.  “This is part of our normal course of our business: We periodically make changes to our structure and our teams based on what we believe will allow us to deliver the best content and experiences for players. We never make these decisions lightly and will always start from a place of wanting to retain Rioters and have them focus on our highest priorities. While that’s not always possible, it’s our primary goal.”

This week, layoffs have been a major talking point as Microsoft laid off 10,000 workers including layoffs at Bethesda and 343 Industries.