Whoa, I can't believe I'm writing this: I have decided to move on from Riot Games. I love my role in the LCS, but it’s time for me to move back to Northern California to be closer to family.
It's been a wild ride. I've put my heart and soul into League of Legends esports at Riot for a little more than 2 years, and I feel good knowing that I leave behind a team whose #1 goal is to make players and fans happy. I've learned a ton of things during my time at here. Among them:
- Operating a league, competitive rulings, and setting precedent are all challenging concepts--especially in the face of rapid growth.
- Esports is continuing to grow at an extremely rapid pace, and no one is totally sure where it’s going. But, I have a feeling one day esports will be as culturally relevant as traditional sports.
- Rioters can be just as creative as coming up with good "Nick Allen fine" jokes as you guys are.
Although I’ve decided to leave Riot, my esports journey continues as I've taken an esports partnerships role at Twitch which I am extremely excited about. I'll still be around, and I'm looking forward to enjoying League of Legends esports as a fan.
Keep being passionate, keep giving your feedback, and keep pushing the esports industry to be the very best it can be. Its nothing without you.