‘Arcane’ Fire: Why ‘League of Legends’ Creator Riot Games Is Producing TV and Film Projects in House

”You really need people who understand these players and these games at the heart and soul of what we make,“ Shauna Spenley says of hit Netflix series

Hollywood does not have a great track record for adapting video games to the screen or figuring out what makes gamers tick, though it hasn’t stopped them from trying. As everyone from Netflix to Facebook tries to dip their toes into the world of gaming, Riot Games and its entertainment division Riot Entertainment are hoping to beat others at their own game.

Riot’s first venture into the world of film and TV is “Arcane,” a scripted, animated action series that debuted on Netflix this month and is set inside the world of their flagship game “League of Legends,” featuring many of the game’s most recognizable characters. The streamer reported that the first six episodes were watched for 34.1 million hours globally, making it the second most-watched Netflix show for the week of Nov. 8.

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Brian Welk

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