Riot Invests In French Animation Studio That Made League of Legends: Arcane

I think there’s a general consensus that Arcane: League of Legends was pretty good, yes? It still has a 100% score over on Rotten Tomatoes, which is something very few media ever achieve, and even 96% of audience members agree that Arcane was a blast to watch. Pun perhaps intended.

Riot was also quite pleased with Arcane’s performance, and it’s now hard at work with the same French animation studio in creating Arcane Season 2. In fact, Riot was so impressed with Fortiche Productions and Arcane that it’s decided to make a new equity investment in the studio to help bind these two companies together.

“Fortiche has been an integral partner for a long time, but this agreement ensures we’ll be working closely for decades to come,” said Nicolo Laurent, CEO of Riot. “In working with Fortiche, we collaborate to push the boundaries of what’s possible and raise expectations for how games can be represented in media. As proud as we are of Arcane, we know the best is yet to come.”

Arcane: League of Legends premiered globally last November where it quickly rose to the top of Netflix’s worldwide charts, hitting top 10 in over 52 countries. Arcane also received 9 nominations at the 49th annual Annie awards, including best TV/media for general audiences, best character design, and best writing. Fortiche also helped make the music video for Enemy, the hit song by Imagine Dragons featured in Arcane that also hit number one on the Billboard music charts.

With so many accolades, it’s no surprise that Riot is looking to cement a lifelong partnership with Fortiche to keep expanding the League of Legends universe.

“The various collaborations with Riot Games, and especially Arcane, have made Fortiche Production a new major player on the international animation scene. Riot Games, by trusting us, has given us the means to achieve our common ambitions and has shown that it is possible to offer new content that can reach a large audience,” said Fortiche co-founders Pascal Charrue, Jerome Combe, and Arnaud Delord. “In 2023, we will celebrate ten years of collaboration: there is no better way to symbolize the trust and ambitions of our two companies than this association!”

Riot is also expanding its partnership with Netflix by releasing its Hextech Mayhem spinoff game on Netflix’s app. A casual runner that was first released on mobile, Hextech Mayhem has you control Ziggs the yordle as he tries to evade Heimerdinger while making the world’s biggest bomb.

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