Nicolo Laurent has been a member of the leadership team at Riot Games since joining the company in 2009 and has been Chief Executive Officer of the company since 2017. As CEO, Nicolo oversees strategy, operations, products, and disciplines to ensure Riot delivers the highest quality gaming experience to players around the world. Riot is an American video game developer, publisher, and esports pioneer based in Los Angeles, California. Riot is best known for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena game and the company's flagship product. The game was first released in October 2009 and became the most played video game in the world in 2013. As of 2016, League of Legends had more than 100 million monthly active players and was played in more than 175 countries around the world. Riot operates 20+ offices and employs more than 2,500 full time “Rioters.” Prior to joining Riot, Nicolo lead business development and licensing for GOA, the online gaming subsidiary of France Telecom/Orange and one of the leading publishers in Europe. As a lifelong fan of online games, Nicolo was an early believer in the games-as-a-service model and has worked to develop player-focused games since 2004. Born and educated in France with professional stints in Seoul, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, Nicolo graduated from the Henri IV Classes Préparatoires and obtained his MBA from ESSEC Business School.