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Riot Games to grow game publishing in Asia Pacific

Valorant maker appoints former managing director of emerging markets, Alex Kraynov as new APAC managing director

Today League of Legends maker Riot Games announced today that it aims to expand its business operations in the Asia Pacific region (APAC).

The company said will open offices in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. These locations will join the publisher's already existing studios in Japan and Singapore.

Riot also appointed former managing director of emerging markets, Alex Kraynov as its new managing director for APAC.

The company said that its restructure of the business within the region will also see a diversification of its operations with a focus on publishing.

"This is a natural step in progression for our publishing business in Southeast Asia, and Riot recognizes that APAC has the potential to become the biggest region in the world for Riot," said Kraynov.

"This region is intricately diverse, with massive gaming communities that have diverse needs and a strong appetite for mobile gaming."

The new managing director for the region also made a series of appointments for his leadership team as well.

The executive group includes Shinji Komiyama as APAC director of country management, Jennifer Poulson as APAC head of publishing partnerships, and Alasdair Gray as APAC head of marketing.

Derek Winder as APAC head of business development, Yasushi Fujimoto as country manager of Japan, Joel Guzman as country manager of the Philippines, and Resha Pradipta country manager of Indonesia/Malaysia complete Kraynov's leadership appointments.

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