Arun Rajappa Joins Riot Games As Country Manager India & SA


Riot Games Appoints Arun Rajappa as Country Manager for India & South Asia

Doubling down on its expansion across the South Asian region!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Former Google and Microsoft executive, Arun Rajappa has joined Riot Games as Country Manager for India and South Asia.
Arun has already taken charge of the role and will be leading the business development for Riot Games across Indian and South Asian markets.
This announcement comes following the strategic two-year partnership between Riot Games and NODWIN Gaming for the Valorant Challengers League South Asia.

Riot Games, the California-based video game developer, publisher, and esports tournament organizer, as part of its expansion plan in the South Asian region has appointed Arun Rajappa as the Country Manager for India and South Asia.

Arun took on this role on 6th February 2023 and will be based out of Mumbai, joining the leadership team and taking charge of business development in the respective markets.

Apart from this, Arun will also be leading and hiring a team to curate local activities with an aim to develop immersive player experiences for Riot's growing pool of players across various titles, esports, and entertainment.

This comes on the back of Riot Games entering a two-year strategic partnership with NODWIN Gaming to host an exclusive Valorant Challengers League for South Asia.

Arun Rajappa appointed Country Manager for India & South Asia by Riot Games

With over 25 years of experience under his belt, Arun Rajappa is a recognized executive with a wide range of experience, having worked with leading technology firms like Google and Microsoft.

So far in his career, Arun has worked on Android and Play at Google, alongside products such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft 365, and Mobile incubations at Microsoft.

He has been playing since the time of Donkey Kong Jr and Prince of Persia. He's enjoyed titles like Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, FIFA, and Forza, alongside indie games like Stray and Descenders, to his current favorite - Valorant.

One reason why Arun is thrilled about taking on this new role as the Country Manager for India and South Asia, "I have always been passionate about gaming and look forward to working with all our incredible teams and partners to deliver a fantastic player experience which will surely define the future of gaming in the region."

Arun Rajappa - Country Manager, Riot Games, India & South Asia

Riot Games (Press Release)

Riot Games has been doing a lot of activations in India, especially related to Valorant ever since the release of its Indian agent, Harbor aka Varun Batra, which attracted a lot of love and support from the local playerbase in the country.

However, the biggest move has been the recent announcement of the exclusive Valorant Challengers League South Asia which features a massive total prize pool of INR 1.1 crore, along with a chance to make it all the way to the VCT 2024: Pacific League.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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