Riot Games has invested “significantly” in Fortiche Production, the animation company behind the Arcane anime series, which was one of Netflix’s most popular in 2021.
Riot will have a non-controlling share in Fortiche, and Brian Wright, Chief Content Officer at Riot, and Brendan Mulligan, Director of Corporate Development at Riot, will join the board of directors at Fortiche, according to a news statement from the two firms.
“Fortiche has always been an important partner, but this arrangement assures that we’ll continue to collaborate for decades to come,” said Nicolo Laurent, Riot’s CEO. “Everyone we deal with is held to a high standard, and we demand that they truly understand gamers and persistently focus on them, and Fortiche has personified Player Experience First from day one.” We cooperate with Fortiche to push the limits of what is possible and raise expectations for how games may be portrayed in media. We know that, as proud as we are of Arcane, the best is yet to come.”
After the first season of Arcane proven to be a global sensation on Netflix, the two firms are presently hard at work on season two. Season one debuted at number one on Netflix worldwide in November 2021, where it remained for three weeks, and has received several award nominations.
Fortiche has collaborated with Riot on a number of other projects, including the Warriors, POP/STARS, and Rise music videos. The two businesses are also cooperating on additional unannounced initiatives, according to the press statement announcing the collaboration.