League of Legends dev opens NYC office

Riot Games opens new 6,000 square foot outfit in New York City; will pay $240,000 per year for rent.

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League of Legends developer Riot Games has opened an office in New York City.

The real estate transaction was revealed by The New York Times, which reports Riot Games has committed to a five-year lease with an annual rent of $240,000.

The office space is just under 6,000 square feet and is located in a 12-story 1916 building. It is located at 49 West 23rd Street (between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas).

A Riot Games representative told GameSpot that the new office space will be staffed by employees working on eSports broadcasting and content.

"We've already got a handful of people in NYC supporting eSports broadcasting and content, and this office is going to be more permanent space for that team to continue to do their eSports thing," the company said.

Riot Games is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. The company has other North American offices in Saint Louis, Missouri and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as international studios in Dublin, Seoul, Istanbul, Moscow, and Sydney.

Discussion

60 comments
meatz666
meatz666

Cool. More marketing, less dev... Then people come to the internet saying that doing a game is too expensive.

X-RS
X-RS

200k per month...USD O_O

Daniel Leon
Daniel Leon

Im going to quote a buddy of mine.. "Does football, baseball or soccer have more than 1 "MAP"?"

Daniel Phillips
Daniel Phillips

Wish they would spend the money on making the servers playable rather than a new office.

Jesse Malabanan
Jesse Malabanan

maps only change the length of the game, in never changes the experience playing

Mike Shipley
Mike Shipley

Lol, when I last played (launch of Dom) there was only one map per game type, and like 56y7u89 charachters (estimated)...that just always drove me crazy. /endnerdrage

Adam Osmani
Adam Osmani

And more then 6 mil people play it hmmm...

Zulficar Niaz Tushar
Zulficar Niaz Tushar

yap 3 maps and new heroes but no balance that's called Business and you're doing it right

kolz4ever
kolz4ever

Must be a bunch of trash dota 2 players being upset their trash dota frogface can't do such things like this hmm? Well get a better game with more than one shit map and have actual features to a so called sequel and maybe more people will wanna play that garbage. ;)

TaReq Waleed
TaReq Waleed

he doesn't even know how to play it i guess *.*

Daniel Leon
Daniel Leon

What are you complaining about? There's 3 maps while in other MOBAS there's only 1 and they wont even try making more

Marcus Wong
Marcus Wong

@Sebastian Giaimo dead game? you do know that S3 has more player than S2 and S1 by miles right?

Mike Shipley
Mike Shipley

How about you make a NEW F*****G MAP for the game?

Morlanes
Morlanes

five year? in five years riot will fill for bankrupt

iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

Maybe I should walk over there after work and ask them for a job. I'll bring them all coffee and food and massage their backs while they work and do their taxes and drive their kids to soccer practice and remember to send their inlaws birthday cards for them and everything. HIRE ME!

jnco10999
jnco10999

They should give some money to me.

Dog12833
Dog12833

gg wp close game lol suk a di$k 

traitor_651
traitor_651

Nah they aren't hateful to noobs, there are some assholes out there but not all, I'm always helpful when I play.

enoslives7
enoslives7

I've heard that LoL gamers are really mean and hateful to noobs. Is that true? Any idea why?

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

 "A Riot Games representative told GameSpot that the new office space will be staffed by employees working on eSports broadcasting and content. A Riot Games representative told GameSpot that the new office space will be staffed by employees working on eSports broadcasting and content."

Ummm.....esports content???? I didn't see anything about GAMES. Unless esports crap is their gaming stuff.  A ton of money for...esports. Yay.

S0loMANgrundy
S0loMANgrundy

wheres my new servers riot

i can play dota 2 and have 20 ping but in lol its always high 90's

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

$20,000/month to rent 6,000sqft.

Just a tad bit out of my price range.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@X-RS they said ANNUAL rent of 240k on a 5 year lease

X-RS
X-RS

@Daniel Phillips 

"Wish they would spend the money on implementing mic support rather than a new office.

Jd234
Jd234

@Daniel Phillips you must be smoking crack never ever had a problem with servers if you do lag etc its your shit internet/cpu

Poodger
Poodger

@Daniel PhillipsWhat are you talking about? I almost NEVER have problems with their servers. In fact, I can only remember maybe 4 times where their servers have been even a bit bad, and that lasted only a day or two each time. I have been playing for over 3 years now. Sounds to me like you just need a better connection and to stop pretending like it is their fault.

kolz4ever
kolz4ever

@Mike Shipley Be happy moron there are 4 maps to play on instead of being stuck with one map only like dota 2 trash and it was in beta for 2 years and is still garbage with one map, lol

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@Morlanes League of legends is a global phenomenon. It's not going to die any time soon.

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

@enoslives7 LoL, Dota, HoN, CoD, etc. etc....no matter where you play, you're going to encounter those that focus on raging, being mad mannered, or overall just ruining the gaming experience for others. With these type of games (MOBAs or whatever you would like to call them), where matches typically take ~45 minutes to complete, players get frustrated because 1. It's a decent chunk of time to burn, especially when part of that time is spent knowing you're going to lose, and 2. there are only 4 other players on your team, so it will be evident as to is contributing negatively or positively. 

As others will mention no matter which moba you play, the best thing to do is do some research beforehand, play with friends/bots to get comfortable with the basics and then try to befriend people that are friendly/helpful. Finding a group of people to play with on the regular can make the gaming experience frickin' awesome.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@enoslives7 There's a lot of jumped up turds in the game, then theres a lot of people that get mad because it's a team game and the random team isn't up to their level, but if you play long enough you'll find a lot of very nice people who are fun to play the game with.

shafe-man
shafe-man

@enoslives7 I think it's more that, unlike FPS's and other games (especially console), Dota-like games have a lot of downtime (sometimes over a minute of just waiting to revive) this means angry people can rage a lot more without missing anything, and probably get even angrier at the time they're missing.


Also, this game has a chat system and whatnot, which automatically makes it more open than most console games (at least to me, since I never use voice chat).

GreG975
GreG975

@enoslives7 I think the friendly people/jerks ratio is pretty much the same as any other game, the problem is that in LoL you have plenty of time to complain and insult compared to other game, so I don't think there are more jerks in LoL but you hear them, not in FPS, RTS etc.

Rafiky77
Rafiky77

@enoslives7 there are plenty of nice friendly helpful people in LoL, but there are also many idiots, just like every other online game,  being basically anonymous = people being idiots

shafe-man
shafe-man

@S0loMANgrundy I get the same ping for both, around 90. Maybe you live close to a DOTA server but not a LoL one?

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Bitch bitch bitch... Why are you such a bitch?

Squeets
Squeets

@X-RS 

Considering what is said in chat in that game, I am thankful that there is not even an option for voice chat.

X-RS
X-RS

@kolz4ever  

dude i prefer, but dont ever compare the map on lol vs dotas, Just dont.