Former Microsoft, Bungie Exec Carlos Sanchez Joins Riot Games

Former Microsoft executive Carlos Sanchez formally announced that he has joined League of Legends and Valorant maker Riot Games as its senior director of game operations for Riot Go, the company’s platform for developing games. Sanchez joined the company last month.

 Prior to joining Riot, Sanchez worked at Microsoft for nine months in its Xbox division as principal program manager for product-led inclusivity and served as co-lead of Xbox LatinX. This was his second stint in the Xbox division (he worked there from 2015 – 2016 as a senior program manager).

Prior to that, he served as an executive producer on Forza Horizon for more than two years at Turn 10 Studios,  and spent more than two years at Bungie working as project lead on Destiny 2. He also spent nearly four years working at Electronic Arts in various roles.

In a social media post announcing the new job, Sanchez said: “I’ve always admired Riot’s player-first approach in everything they do. I look forward to contributing to that culture with an inclusive mindset and by helping all of our teams achieve their dreams and goals.”

Riot announced the expansion of its game universe back in October of 2020 during a 10-year anniversary celebration; at the time it announced an unnamed fighting game, Valorant, Teamfight Tactics, and Legends of Runeterra. Recently it began asking the public to test a massively multiplayer online game set in the League of Legends universe. 

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