League of Legends and Valorant maker Riot Games has reportedly undergone a round of layoffs.
According to award-winning esports reporter Jacob Wolf, Riot announced staff cuts across several departments on Wednesday.
While the layoffs have yet to be officially confirmed, the former ESPN and Dot Esports journalist, who now runs Substack subscription newsletter The Jacob Wolf Report, said he’d been informed of the cuts at Riot by multiple sources.
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“Size and scope are unclear at the moment, so far I’ve heard of effects across recruiting & human resources, support and esports,” he tweeted. “Will do more reporting in the morning for the newsletter.”
Wolf added: “Riot’s historically not made many reductions in force in the past, but it’s in line with a broader trend in tech, gaming and entertainment as economic hardship begins to affect many corporations.”
VGC has contacted Riot Games for comment and will update this report if we hear back from the company.
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced plans to lay off approximately 10,000 employees “in response to macroeconomic conditions and changing customer priorities”.
The cuts will hit around 4.5% of the US technology giant’s 220,000-person workforce, including developers at Bethesda and Xbox studios 343 Industries (Halo) and The Coalition (Gears of War).
News of the layoffs at 343 Industries was met with strong criticism from several former Halo developers, including one who blamed “incompetent leadership” for the state of the game and its studio.
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