Riot Games announced today that Naz Aletaha has been elevated internally to global head of League of Legends Esports. Aletaha has been with Riot for nearly ten years and formerly served as the company’s head of global esports alliances and business development.
Riot Games appoints new leadership to head League of Legends Esports
Aletaha will manage the game’s three yearly international events: the Mid-Season Invitational, All-Star Event, and World Championship, as well as all 12 domestic professional League of Legends leagues throughout the world. According to Riot, Aletaha will “also be at the centre of internal collaboration within Riot Games on its increasing portfolio of esports, games, and entertainment.”
“The impact that Naz has at Riot Games has been impressive for a decade, with eight of those years driving the esports business development efforts as a member of our leadership team. Her tireless efforts, business acumen, and passion for our game, fans, partners, and players makes her the perfect fit to lead us into the next decade of League of Legend Esports.”
John Needham, the global head of esports at Riot Games was quoted saying.
Since 2020, Needham has been Riot’s worldwide head of esports. While he will continue to manage the structure of professional VALORANT, Teamfight Tactics, and other Riot games, Aletaha will take on the League responsibilities immediately. Riot’s appointment of a new global director of League esports coincides with the World Championship, the game’s most important professional event of the year.
“League of Legends Esports was built from the passion of many. From Rioters to the pro teams to our partners and most importantly our fans, our community took a bold vision and made it a reality – to build a global sport. I’m honoured to have been part of this community these many years. This is the future of sport, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to play a role in that future.”
Naz Aletaha mentioned in her statement today, from Riot Games.