Riot Games has announced an “equity investment” in Fortiche Production, the animation studio behind last year’s Netflix hit Arcane, giving the developer and publisher a “significant non-controlling stake in Fortiche.” There’s nothing surprising about that: after all, Arcane is a pretty stunning show, and it looks like it’s been incredibly successful at taking League of Legends beyond its usual audience.
Riot and Fortiche have been linked for a long time, before Arcane, first working together on the Get Jinxed music video and later on other shorts including Warriors, Seconds, Pop/Stars, and Rise.
Fortiche is currently working on the second season of Arcane as well as other unannounced projects. A press release on the acquisition states that “Arcane” was the #1 show on Netflix within three weeks of its launch and hit the top 10 in over 52 countries.
Pascal Charrue, Jérôme Combe, and Arnaud Delors, co-founders of Fortiche, made the following statement: Various collaborations with Riot Games. And especially with Arcane, have made Fortiche Production a new major player in the international animation scene. Riot Games, by trusting us, gave us the means to achieve our shared ambitions and showed. That it is possible to offer new content that can reach a large audience. In 2023, we will celebrate a decade of cooperation. There is no better way to symbolize the trust and ambition of our two companies than this association!”
Nicolò Laurent, CEO of Riot, said: “We are collaborating with Fortiche to push the boundaries of what is possible. And raise expectations for how games can be presented in the media. As proud as we are of Arcane, we know the best is yet to come. come.”