Riot invests in Statespace and will improve VALORANT training
Game developer and esports company Riot Games announced the expansion of its partnership with State territorythe developer of the aiming training tool Goal Laboratory.
As part of the expansion, Riot Games will become a minority shareholder of Statespace. Aim Lab will also become the official training platform for RIOT VALORANT’s FPS title.
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Aim Lab, for which Statespace is best known, is free training software that allows FPS gamers to train in realistic game scenarios, such as aiming training, “staring” corners and hit moving targets.
Statespace has previously cooperated with Riot Games on activations related to its VCT Challengers North America VALORANT circuit, and has also promoted Arcane, Riot’s TV show set in the League of Legends universe.
Through this partnership, Aim Lab will become the official training and coaching platform for VALORANT esports. Aim Lab will use “Riot’s intellectual property to integrate in-game physics, maps and weapons” into the training software, the two companies announced.
Dr. Wayne Mackey, CEO of Statespace, said, “Riot has been the best partner, collaborator and facilitator we could have asked for. We’re excited to continue improving the player experience through training, coaching, and scouting in VALORANT and soon in League of Legends.
Mackey has shared all the details regarding this potential League of Legends expansion, which hasn’t been announced before. Likewise, Riot Games did not disclose the size of its stake in Statespace.
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Jake Perlman-Garr, global head of corporate development at Riot Games, said, “We look forward to collaborating with Statespace to develop innovative training and coaching tools for VALORANT and MOBA players around the world to improve their skills at all levels.”
Esports Insider says: At first glance, Aim Lab will have dedicated VALORANT training modes that will look like the real game, which could be huge for gamers. What’s more interesting, however, is that Mackey and Perlman-Garr have hinted at League of Legends as a next step for the software, which could see Aim Lab branch out from being strictly an FPS tool and providing MOBA players a valuable place to train.
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