Riot Games appoints Arun Rajappa as country manager of India and South Asia

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Famous game developer and publisher Riot Games has announced Arun Rajappa as the Country Manager for India & South Asia as part of expanding into the south Asian gaming market.

The California-based gaming company is known for Valorant and League of Legends in the esports scene and has recently shifted its focus to the Indian gaming industry. The company can be seen partnering with big names and organizers in India to create more interest in the game among Indian players.

Rajappa assumed his position on February 6, 2023, and will operate from Mumbai and will lead the charge of business development. According to afaqs, Rajappa has over 25 years of experience working in firms like Google and Microsoft.

Speaking on the matter, Rajappa said, “I am thrilled to be joining Riot Games and taking on this exciting new role as the Country Manager for India and South Asia. I have always been passionate about gaming and look forward to working with all our incredible teams and partners to deliver a fantastic player experience that will surely define the future of gaming in the region.”

The move from Riot Games is not surprising as the company have already identified the potential of the Indian gaming sector. With one of the most active and fastest-growing gaming communities, Riot Games has been making some huge investments.

Recently, the company announced a partnership with NODWIN gaming to host the exclusive Valorant Challengers League South Asia with a massive prize pool of Rs 1.1 crore. The winning team will also get a chance to qualify for the VCT 2024: Pacific League.

Before that, the company partnered with Global Esports and 29 other teams that will compete in a kick-off tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to secure another spot in Master for their region. Riot Games also celebrated the release of Indian agent Harbor and a new map based on the Western Ghats of India called ‘Lotus’ with beautiful mural paintings.