Riot Games Considering Hiring ‘World of Starcraft’ Modder

All the attention that StarCraft II modder Ryan Winzen has received over his lawsuit-bait World of Starcraft mod might land him a job — but not necessarily from Blizzard.

Riot Games, the makers of League of Legends, has reportedly contacted Ryan through Pixelated Geek and is talking about potentially offering him a job. They haven’t made such an offer yet, despite reports, but it’s nice to hear something good coming out of this situation.

Pixelated Geek had this quote from League of Legends Lead Designer Tod “Zileas” Cadwell on its forums:

When I see a modder with a lot of drive that has done something cool, I tend to contact them. I shot him an email recently asking if he was interested in exploring an opportunity here. As to what comes of that, who knows — that depends on the mutual fit and his own goals.

This “situation” referred to above is that it sounded yesterday like Activision was winding up to bitch-slap Ryan with a cease-and-desist for his awesome-looking mod. He received a notification of a copyright infringement warning from YouTube, which pulled the World of Starcraft videos on the service after receiving a complaint from Activision. Things hadn’t gone further than that, as far as we know, but from the information floating around yesterday, it sounded like the major issue was the “World of Starcraft” name and not necessarily the mod itself — which used StarCraft II assets Blizzard made available to players with the game for the purpose of modding. It also pretty heavily leans on the conventions of World of Warcraft.

The name issue seems to be the only legal problem from Cadwell’s viewpoint as well.

It’s technically a little premature, but I think Ryan can go ahead and play “We are the Champions” on loop now. Nice to see creativity and hard work rewarded, at least through recognition.

Via Massively by Joystiq.

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