Riot Games Invests in Animation Studio Behind Netflix’s ‘Arcane’

Riot has announced the addition of a new equity investment in Fortiche Productions, a Paris-based animation studio.

Riot currently owns a major non-controlling position in Fortiche as a result of the transaction, which was completed earlier this year. Brian Wright (Riot’s Chief Content Officer) and Brendan Mulligan (Riot’s Director of Corporate Development) have also joined the board of directors of Fortiche.

According to Riot, Fortiche collaborated extensively with the studio from the early stages of Arcane’s concept and storyboarding, and has been a major partner throughout the show’s production.

Riot and Fortiche are also working together on the second season of Arcane and other yet-to-be-announced projects.

The music video “Get Jinxed” (featuring Djerv) to celebrate the launch of the iconic League champion Jinx, “WARRIORS” and “Enemy” (both featuring Imagine Dragons); “Seconds” (a cinematic showcasing Ekko, who also appears in Arcane); “POP/STARS” (featuring Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, and Jaira Burns as the virtual K-pop band K/DA (the anthem for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship featuring Glitch Mob, Mako, and The Word Alive).

Apart from Riot’s roles on the board of directors, Fortiche, which now has 350 workers and collaborators in Paris, Montpellier, and Las Palmas, Spain, will remain operationally autonomous from Riot. Cofounders Charrue Pascal, Combe Jérôme, and Delord Arnaud, as well as Hervé Dupont, the new Managing Director, make up the company’s leadership team.

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