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Video Game Developer Leases Entirety Of West LA Office Campus In 200K SF Deal

The longtime HQ of Riot Games on Olympic Boulevard with cranes building its new offices in the background.

West Edge, a nearly 760K SF mixed-use development in the works on LA's Westside, has secured a tenant for the entirety of the office portion ahead of the project's completion. 

Video game developer and esports tournament organizer Riot Games has locked down 200K SF at the under-construction project, developers Hines, Philena Properties and USAA Real Estate announced Thursday. Riot Games signed a 10-year lease. 

The company, which created the game League of Legends, is not new to the area. 

West Edge is on the same block in Sawtelle where Riot Games has occupied about 280K SF of office space in Hudson Pacific Properties’ Element LA since 2013. In September, the Commercial Observer reported that Riot was also subleasing space from Beachbody at the Lantana Entertainment Media Campus about a half-mile west of West Edge in Santa Monica.

Riot Games is the largest occupier of space among video game companies in Southern California with an estimated 780K SF, according to a CBRE report published in October. 

“With West Edge, we’re adding a significant new hub to our West Los Angeles campus,” Riot Games President Dylan Jadeja said in a statement. “The space, amenities, and facilities at West Edge will help provide the environment we need to create amazing experiences for players.”

Designed by Gensler, AC Martin and Rios, West Edge will feature 600 apartments, a Gelson’s market, up to eight restaurants and a plaza with outdoor dining. Construction began in January 2020; a grand opening is slated for Q1 2023.

West Edge is less than a block from the Expo/Bundy station on the Metro E (formerly Expo) Line, a light rail line that links Downtown LA to Santa Monica with major entertainment and creative hubs on the way, including Culver City and the future Google offices at One Westside