Riot wants to destigmatize video games with its upcoming animated series, Arcane

Riot Games has much bigger ambitions than just drawing a big audience for its new animated TV show, Arcane. It wants to change how society views gamers, Riot co-founder Marc Merrill told The Washington Post.

“Fast forward another 30 to 40 years, no one is even going to call themselves a gamer because everyone is going to be a gamer, just like how no one calls themselves a moviegoer now,” Merrill said.

A tainted reputation permeates the video game industry. At best, video games are a childish pursuit. At worst, they’re plagued with toxicity. Riot’s award-winning title League of Legends is one of the biggest games in the current industry. But even with all that popularity, League is best known for its toxicity and immature appeal.

Merrill wants to turn video games into a “meaningful life pursuit”—and Arcane is the first step. Merrill hopes to draw more than just League’s established fan base. Arcane, if successful, could attract more people into the gaming world to legitimize it. He said that it’s not about the recognition, but rather, the judgment.

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