Esports revolution: Riot Games creates 120 Dublin jobs

Video games giant Riot Games is to establish Remote Broadcast and Content Production Centre in Dublin.

Riot Games is opening a new Remote Broadcast (RBC) and Content Production Centre in Dublin that will employ 120 people.

The investment, supported by IDA Ireland on behalf of the Irish Government, is part of its drive to continuously innovate and advance its digital broadcast and production capabilities for esports as well as super serve players and fans.

“As global esports explodes in popularity, Riot Games finds itself in need of new production and operations workflows that better serve our multi-product future”

Riot Games and its Esports Technology Group (ETG) is growing to enable efficient, game-agnostic production of esports content, through technical innovation, standardized workflows, and shared infrastructure.

Esports’ explosion

Located at Airside Retail Park in Swords, RBC in Dublin will be the first of up to three facilities in a global follow-the-sun model, with each RBC having the ability to produce six events simultaneously across production and audio rooms, bullpens and live stages, all built upon a scalable technology backbone for future growth.

“As global esports explodes in popularity, Riot Games finds itself in need of new production and operations workflows that better serve our multi-product future with LoL Esports, VALORANT Champions Tour, Wild Rift Esports, and more,” said Allyson Gormley, general manager at Riot Games first RBC in Dublin.

“As part of our drive to continuously innovate and advance our digital broadcast and production capabilities, Riot Games is excited to expand our global footprint to include this new Remote Production Broadcast Centre (RBC) in Dublin.”

I predict a Riot

The 120 jobs will be spread across broadcast engineering, production, control crew, and event production.

“In a nutshell, the innovation and approach to this project speaks to the culture at Riot – we push ourselves further than we are comfortable because we believe when outside our comfort zone that’s when the magic happens”

Riot Games has partnered with NEP Ireland to provide technical production staffing and support at the facility in Swords. NEP Ireland is a division of NEP Group, the leading media technology partner for content creators around the globe. Roles will be advertised on www.riotgames.com and www.nepgroup.ie/talent in the coming weeks.
“We are delighted to be working on this project with Riot, further recognising Ireland’s global reputation as a hub for delivering world class production content. This partnership will see us grow and develop our talent base in Ireland and shall provide a great opportunity to attract diverse talent from under-represented backgrounds,” Steve Curran, NEP Ireland.

Riot Games first set up its EMEA Headquarters in Ireland in 2010 and has grown over the past decade to 165 employees in its Dublin city centre office. Up until now, its primary focus was on business operations, engineering, information security, publishing, live services and product development for its games.

Alan Bridgeman, Managing Director, Riot Games commenting on Riot’s further investment in Dublin and expanding to a second Dublin location.

“We chose Dublin for this strategically important investment because we are confident in the tech talent available, the attractive business environment, and our positive experience of serving our players from across Europe since we first set up here.”

Gormley credits the Riot Games team in Ireland and around the globe for staying focused in order to get the job done.

”We’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by teams, both internally and externally, who have partnered with us to make sure our ambitious goal to stand up this facility by January 2022 could be achieved. From the teams at Henry J.Lyons Architects, Structure Tone GC, Fingal County Council, KMCS, AXIS and DMG Engineering plus NEP to name but a few,  to get to where we are today would simply not have been possible without their partnership.

“In a nutshell, the innovation and approach to this project speaks to the culture at Riot – we push ourselves further than we are comfortable because we believe when outside our comfort zone that’s when the magic happens. We have one singular mission: we are trying to bring joy to billions of fans around the world. We think this gets us closer to that goal.”

Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 3,000+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide. We’re a certified  Great Place to Work and we’ve been featured on numerous lists including Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” “25 Best Companies to Work in Technology,” “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials,” and “50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility.”

The annual League of Legends World Championship features qualified esports teams from 12 international leagues. Worlds is the most widely viewed and followed esport tournament, and it’s among the largest and most popular gaming and sporting events in the world.

“Riot Games decision to expand its global footprint to include a new Remote Production Broadcast Centre (RBC) in Dublin marks Ireland’s entry into an exciting new and developing sector and illustrates confidence in Ireland to deliver on its esports capabilities globally,” said Mary Buckley, executive director of IDA Ireland.

“It’s also a strong endorsement of our talented workforce. I welcome Riot Games ongoing commitment to Ireland and wish them every success with their new RBC Centre.”