Riot Games Acquires Hytale Developer Hypixel Studios

Riot Games acquired Hypixel Studios on Thursday.
Riot Games acquired Hypixel Studios on Thursday. / Courtesy of Riot Games

Riot Games announced its acquisition of Hypixel Studios, the studio best known for developing the upcoming title Hytale, on Thursday.

Riot Games invested millions into Hypixel Studios in 2018 to support the development of Hytale. This acquisition is an extension of that relationship.

"We'll continue to operate in the same way as we have before, but Riot will become our parent company and we'll gain access to their expertise and resources," wrote Hypixel co-founder Simon Collins-Laflamme in a blog post. "This means a bigger budget for Hytale, more security for our team, and advisory support from a company that knows how to launch and operate successful, long-running games."

Collins-Laflamme's post announced his decision to step down as CEO, with former project lead Aaron "Noxy" Donaghy to take his place.

Riot Games describes Hytale as a "community-powered block game that combines the scope of a creative sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game." The game's beta received 2.5 million sign-up, and the full version is scheduled to launch in November 2021.

Riot Games is best known as the developer of League of Legends. The past few years have seen the developer and publisher expand its cadre of titles to include first-person shooter Valorant, auto-brawler Teamfight Tactics and card game Legends of Runeterra.