League of Legends
didn't get a ton of hype when the fantasy-themed online action-RTS game was first announced by a then unknown game developer named Riot Games
. But the game, inspired by the Warcraft III
mod Defense of the Ancients
(and made with some former team members of the mod) has grown into a hugely successful free-to-play game title. Riot Games says League of Legends
now has over one million registered players, is constantly updating the game with new Champions and other content and is currently hiring a ton of new people to join the developer.
The importance of both Riot Games and League of Legends
came to a head earlier this month when it was announced that China-based Tencent
had agreed to buy a majority stake of Riot Games. While the company has not announced how much the acquisition was worth, other online reports have estimated the deal to be close to $400 million.
Big Download got a chance to ask some questions to Riot Games' co-founder and president Marc Merrill to find out more about the Tencent deal and its plans for the future of League of Legends