In a poor week for UK games development, League of Legends developer Riot has announced that it is to close the Brighton, England offices.
The operations carried out at the offices based in Brighton which was established in 2014 include narrative design and production of materials supporting League of Legend’s eSports events, are being moved to the Dublin, Ireland location with employees being offered the opportunity to relocate.
A Riot spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz
We are indeed planning to relocate the Brighton office over the next few weeks. Internal conversations are still ongoing with Rioters in Brighton, but it’s hoped the majority of them will move with the function. For the last two years Brighton has been supporting other offices throughout Europe and the move to our European headquarters in Dublin is designed to harmonize functions. Riot is continuing to hire new, and nurture existing, top talent as we expand and deepen our engagement in Europe, and create experiences that are unique to our European players.
So while employees of the UK studio are being offered relocation options, it is likely that some will opt to remain in England and to those people, we wish them all the best.
Just yesterday, the UK games industry had another setback with Microsoft announcing it was in discussion with employees about the future of Lionhead.