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Nick Allen Leaving Riot Games

July 11th, 2015

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Joining Riot Games in 2013, League Operations Manager Nick Allen will be moving on from the company at the end of July, taking up an eSports role at Twitch. Recently joining Riot as Associate eSports Manager, Hunter “Riot Hebble” Leigh will take up some of Nick Allen’s responsibilities as Riot continues to develop their LCS Operations team.

By Riot Magus

Hey LCS Fans,

Today we unfortunately have some sad news to share – our own Nick Allen will be leaving Riot at the end of July to be closer to family in Northern California.

It’s hard to say goodbye. It’s been an amazing run over the past two and a half years with Nick at the helm of League Operations, and we’ve loved working with him to steer and grow LoL esports worldwide. Family is incredibly important, and we support Nick’s decision to move to be closer to them. As esports fans, we’re also glad that Nick will be staying in esports and accepting a role at Twitch in esports partnerships. We’re looking forward to continuing working with him to evolve and innovate esports into something that’s worthy of you guys.

In terms of how this affects the LCS, while we can never replace Nick Allen’s full beard or his ability to be the butt of fine jokes, we’ve recently strengthened our LCS operations team with the addition of Hunter “Riot Hebble” Leigh. Expect to hear more from him in the coming months as he and the LCS team continue to improve how our league works from day to day to support teams, players and fans.

Esports and the LCS has grown tremendously these past few years, and it’s been an incredible journey that we’ve been honored to share with Nick. While it’s sad to see him go, we’ll remember his contributions to building the sport we love and are looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future. We know Nick will be just… fine.

 

Nick Allen’s Official Statement

 

Whoa, I can’t believe I’m writing this: I have decided to move on from Riot Games. I love my role in the LCS, but it’s time for me to move back to Northern California to be closer to family.

It’s been a wild ride. I’ve put my heart and soul into League of Legends esports at Riot for a little more than 2 years, and I feel good knowing that I leave behind a team whose #1 goal is to make players and fans happy. I’ve learned a ton of things during my time at here. Among them:

  • Operating a league, competitive rulings, and setting precedent are all challenging concepts–especially in the face of rapid growth.
  • Esports is continuing to grow at an extremely rapid pace, and no one is totally sure where it’s going. But, I have a feeling one day esports will be as culturally relevant as traditional sports.
  • Rioters can be just as creative as coming up with good “Nick Allen fine” jokes as you guys are.

Although I’ve decided to leave Riot, my esports journey continues as I’ve taken an esports partnerships role at Twitch which I am extremely excited about. I’ll still be around, and I’m looking forward to enjoying League of Legends esports as a fan.

Keep being passionate, keep giving your feedback, and keep pushing the esports industry to be the very best it can be. Its nothing without you.

Sincerely, Nick Allen

 

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