Riot Games co-founder Marc Merril becomes Chief Product Officer

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Marc Merril, Riot Games’ Co-founder and former co-CEO, has been named Chief Product Officer of the company.

In this newly created role, Merril will oversee the ecosystems of all Riot Games products in addition to helping ‘solidify the future paths’ for the company’s games.

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As Riot Games’ Chief Product Officer, Marc Meril will report to CEO Dylan Jadeja and will play a role in creating a broader product strategy to bolster its esports, gameplay and entertainment offerings.

According to a release, the creation of the Chief Product Officer role for Merril will ‘fortify Riot’s product strategy for the future’ following expansions into new game genres and the creation of the Arcane animated series. The new role will also look at helping deliver greater experiences for players and spectators attending events.

Since co-founding Riot Games in 2006, Merril has held a number of leadership roles in the company. He was the developer and publisher’s first President and its first Executive Producer of League of Legends before becoming co-CEO in 2013. Prior to his tenure as its Chief Product Officer, Merril was Riot’s President of its gaming vertical.

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Elsewhere, Riot Games continues to cement its position as one of the largest publishers and developers in the world. In November 2023, it expanded its partnership with game data platform GRID in a deal where the platform will become the worldwide esports data partner for the VALORANT Champions Tour and League of Legends esports.

Merril, newly appointed Chief Product Officer at Riot Games, spoke on the role: “I’m excited by the opportunity to help Riot deliver really special experiences to players.

“In a world full of amazing entertainment options, players want games that are truly great, and that’s what we aspire to create.”

Jonno Nicholson
Jonno is a Freelance News Writer for Esports Insider and has been part of the ESI team since 2019! His interests include the rapid rise of sim racing and its impact on the wider industry.