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Jason Killingsworth leaves Riot Games

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Jason Killingsworth announced his departure from his role in the Legends Developer Group, with a message on Linkedin Riot Games.

The Riot-Killingsworth working partnership lasted six years, in which the project team primarily worked with the signature title of the organization. He was responsible for developing and coordinating the iconic league of legends game activities and sponsored LoL ‘s export community.

Killingsworth, a retired journalist, worked for six years at the Dublin, Ireland office, first as an author, and finally worked on his last job.

He revealed that he was leaving by way of a LinkedIn post in which he stated that his attention is now on developing his independent Tune & Fairweather Book Publishing business.


Past Experience

Preceding joining Riot Games, Killingsworth served in article influential positions at Future Publishing’s Official PlayStation Magazine and Edge and as the appointee proofreader at music, film, and way of life magazine Paste.


What lies ahead?

The decision to leave emerged when Killingsworth was ready to concentrate on Tune & Fairweather, his company. Established in October 2017, the company focuses now on his first $126,000 Kickstarter project, You Died.

“After six amazing years at Riot Games, I am leaving to put a new dent in the universe by building my publishing company Tune & Fairweather,” Killingsworth wrote on his LinkedIn post. “I could not be more grateful for all the investment Riot made in my personal and career development.

While a creative director at Riot, Killingsworth, had a kind of “big picture” role in the project, he usually did not design new characters or track events. Still, he created the in-game event ARAM-Arama in 2018, for example, to introduce the Pop / Stars earworm success to Beat Saber and to bring Riot Pls to European audiences for the 10th anniversary, a method that he explains.

“I’ve managed creative teams, sourced freelance vendors and agency partners, designed a Livestream broadcast, scripted teaser spots, directed voice actors, created the branding for internal initiatives, produced social-media video assets and in-game events, written comms and web content for the League esports scene, and more,” he wrote in his LinkedIn bio. Given all that, his departure would seem to leave a big void for Riot to fill.

Tune and Fairweather have its underlying foundations in You Died: The Dark Souls Companion, a book Killingsworth put together alongside previous Kotaku UK editorial manager Keza MacDonald in 2016. (Killingsworth is a previous columnist who went through three years at Edge and OPM, possessed by PC Gamer parent organization Future.) When the book was done, they went to the distributor with a thought for a select hardcover version, yet the distributor declined to take them up on it.

“Hardcover books are expensive to produce, and they had reasonable misgivings about its commercial potential. We eventually dropped the issue, and the book launched in paperback,” Killingsworth explained in a 2019 Kickstarter for that hardcover edition. The crowdfunding campaign also introduced Tune & Fairweather, which he said he’d been working on in his free time. “I’ve always loved the intimacy of print, the simple joy of holding in your hands a physical artifact marrying visual design and the written word,” he wrote. “I spent the first decade of my career working in the magazine industry, initially for Paste and later for Edge and Official PlayStation Magazine UK. I enjoyed the puzzle of figuring out how the design and copy would fit together. There was a tactile reward you got from picking up a magazine, a sense of having built something enduring, that you didn’t get seeing your work scrolling by in a web browser.”

The Kickstarter Campaign was a great success, with Killingsworth looking to increase the €50,000 ($58,000) goal now.

In the post about LinkedIn, he said he quit to create his publishing company Tune and Fairweather after six wonderful years at Riot Games. He could not be more grateful for all Riot ‘s contributions to my personal growth and work.

According to him, it was an excellent role function in Riot, and he will always be proud to carry this career on his CV.

The project that began this initiative is now available for pre-order, for an oversize of $618, You Died: The Dark Souls Companion Gravelord Servant Edition. Now available in lower-priced models.


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