Recently, international media reported that Riot is about to set up headquarters in 4 Southeast Asian countries, including: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. So far, Riot has operated in Southeast Asia through its headquarters in Singapore and another in Japan. But in the near future, Riot will create more influence as well as be able to monitor more closely and provide more timely support with a series of new headquarters mentioned above.
Riot plans to open headquarters in 4 Southeast Asian countries: Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia
Currently, out of these 4 countries, there are headquarters in the Philippines that are preparing to go into operation in the next few months and are in the process of recruiting personnel. According to Justin Hulog – Riot’s general manager for SEA and Taiwan regions: “Asia in general and Southeast Asia in particular have a huge influence when we think about the growth and number of people. play in the area.”.
According to some opinions of international netizens, Riot’s expansion of the headquarters may be a move to gradually replace Garena in Southeast Asia, first of all, League of Legends. With the League of Legends community, everyone probably understands some of the losses of players at Garena server compared to Riot. Not to mention, the quality of tournaments here (PCS, VCS) will probably increase after Riot officially takes over in place of Garena.
There is an opinion that Riot will take back League of Legends from Garena
However, among the 4 countries where Riot plans to locate, there is no presence of Vietnam – the region with the most powerful League of Legends in Southeast Asia. This raises a new opinion that maybe Riot will focus on the goal of expanding the game universe as well as focusing on new mobile games. As Hulog himself also cited the impact of the Philippines and other regions in the development of League of Legends: Wild Rift and the release of the Neon character in Valorant as examples for Riot’s decision to increase influence in Southeast ASIAN.
But there are also opinions that indicate that Riot is probably planning to expand games like Valorant or League of Legends: Wild Rift and even recruited people for these areas.
Thus, in the near future, Vietnam still does not have any Riot headquarters and the company itself may focus on expanding the game universe it owns. As for League of Legends, this game has a history of existence for more than 10 years and perhaps, Riot itself does not want too much impact or change for its “national” game.