Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, Valorant, and more, has announced that all teams will be taking a week off, with the majority being off during the week of August 10. Some teams will be staggered to ensure that games and servers continue to run smoothly during the time off.
“As game developers, we’re all hyper aware of the effects of crunch and project-based deadlines,” Riot Games said. “We owe it to ourselves and to you to prioritize our health as a team (well, many teams) so we can bring you new experiences long into the future.”
Riot Games also said that update and game release schedules will be shifted to accommodate for the time off, to ensure it isn’t “just cramming more into the following week.” The studio will be announcing the schedule changes for its individual games over the next few days.
In addition to dealing with working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riot has had a busy year launching Valorant, which recently got a new Agent and deathmatch mode.
Earlier this year Riot Games committed to donating $1 million to fighting systemic racism. A Riot Games executive also resigned around the same time after sharing a controversial image relating to the murder of George Floyd by the police.
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