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Riot Games Lays Off 46 as Wave of Games Industry Job Cuts Continues

Riot Games has laid off 46 employees amid a wave of massive industry layoffs.

League of Legends developer Confirmed with journalist Jacob Wolfe It has eliminated positions that were focused on the company’s talent acquisition, hiring and publishing divisions, as well as several roles in esports and support.Riot employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide.

Riot Games’ Los Angeles campus.Source: Riot Games

In a statement to The Jacob Wolfe Report, a representative for Riot called the layoffs part of “the normal course of business.”

Riot Games has made strategic shifts within several teams to sharpen its focus in many areas. These changes removed certain roles and affected a total of 46 Rioters. This is part of the normal course of our business: We regularly make changes to our structure and team based on what we believe will provide the best content and experience for our players. We never make these decisions lightly and always start by keeping our Rioters and wanting them to focus on our top priorities. It’s not always possible, but that’s our main goal.

Riot also says it continues to hire, with more than 150 open positions on its website.

Riot’s layoffs come amid a much larger wave of ongoing layoffs across technology and media that continue to impact the gaming sector. laid off over 200 employeesYesterday, Microsoft laid off 10,000 employees, including The Coalition, 343 Industries and Bethesda. Amazon lays off another 18,000 people. Earlier today, Fandom lays off 40-50 employees Including the editorial staff of both Giant Bomb and GameSpot, just months after acquiring the site.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. you can find her on her twitter @duck valentine.

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