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Kyle Campbell

Riot Games veterans form The Believer Company to create a ‘next-gen open world game’

Two former Riot Games executives have formed The Believer Company, an all-new studio that’s already working on a next-generation open world game with an original IP.

The Believer Company is an effort by Michael Chow and Steven Snow, Riot Games’ former vice president and League of Legends executive producer, respectively. While the studio isn’t ready to show off this mysterious open world game yet – it did secure $55 million in funding for the project.

“Players are the best audience to serve in the world. They’re noble, smart, discerning, and infinitely inventive,” Chow said in a press release. “We hold their investments of time, skill, and hard-earned money as sacred, and we will always put their needs first at every stage of Believer’s journey.”

It’s no secret that Riot Games is a juggernaut within the games industry, no doubt partially thanks to Chow and Snow’s efforts. Without League of Legends, free to play games likely wouldn’t have taken off, and the folks at Believer seem keen on embracing exciting new trends (not NFTs, either – thankfully).

“The last few years have brought forward some very exciting technologies. In our world, where the player is the focus, our goal is to bring select technologies into the development and gameplay spaces explicitly for the betterment of our players and the games they love,” Snow added. “Bringing free-to-play to North America and Europe with League of Legends really changed the landscape of how games as a service could work. It is our privilege to have the opportunity to help shape the future responsibly.”

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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