League of Legends tech czar exits to be CEO at gaming startup

Riot Games' League Of Legends gameplay on May 29. Mike Seavers was the company's chief technology officer. — Getty Images/AFP

Mike Seavers, chief technology officer of the company behind the League Of Legends video-game blockbuster, is leaving to become chief executive officer of a game-development startup.

Seavers, 43, departed Riot Games to join Los Angeles-based AppOnBoard, whose tools let developers create mobile and personal-computer games faster and without coding. The startup has helped create titles and apps played by more than 1 billion people to date. The appointment was effective July 6, AppOnBoard said.

Seavers started looking for another job in mid-2019 because he likes working at startups, and told executives at Riot in January that he’d be leaving after more than seven years with the company. AppOnBoard has 50 employees, while Seavers supervised more than 1,000 at Riot.

Riot turned League Of Legends into one of the industry’s leading titles, with franchises just like professional sport teams competing nationally before live and online audiences. But there have been challenges along the way. In recent years, the company has faced scrutiny over its "bro” culture and accusations of sexism.

"Riot is a great company, and I am really excited about their future,” said Seavers, who also served as director of engineering there.

AppOnBoard doesn’t disclose its revenue, and will likely become profitable next year, Seavers said. More than 1,000 new games go live in the Apple App Store and Google Play monthly using its tool called BuildBox, the company said. Active users on BuildBox have increased 940% since late last year.

The company’s backers include BreakawayGrowth Fund, Korea Investment Partners, MTGx, Runa Capital, Troy Capital Partners and London Venture Partners.

AppOnBoard may seek more funding, and may be open to being acquired, though it would probably be better served being independent, Seavers said. The recession has resulted in more people trying to develop games via AppOnboard’s tools, he said.

"It makes people think about what they can do for themselves and their livelihood,” Seavers said. "This is an opportunity for our community to build businesses.”

Seavers wants to improve AppOnBoard’s products and eventually expand the array of tools to let anyone to develop a game for any platform – possibly even consoles – without knowing any coding, he said.

"We want a world where imagination is the only skill it takes to build a video games,” he said.

With Seavers’s appointment, AppOnBoard founder Jonathan Zweig becomes the company’s president. Zweig previously founded mobile advertising network AdColony, bought by Opera in 2014. – Bloomberg

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Tech News

India's Paytm wins regulator extension for payment aggregator licence application
Battery maker Northvolt in talks for over $5 billion in financing -FT
Fake photos of Trump's arrest spread across social media. They were AI generated.
Opinion: Provide a resume, cover letter and access to your brain? The creepy race to read workers’ minds
AI can 'mimic voices' of loved ones – it’s being used as a scam, FCC warns
Elon Musk puts $20 billion value on Twitter - The Information
Preview: Hands-on with 'Final Fantasy XVI'
Review: 'Resident Evil 4' remake improves and keeps spirit of the classic
AI chatbot company Replika restores erotic roleplay for some users
Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, prophet of the rise of the PC, dies at 94

Others Also Read