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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 19: Riot Games’ Latest Venture is Books

“League of Legends” comic book in production; Former Netflix veteran joins ServiceTitan; Virgin Orbit finishes critical flight test

Virgin Orbit Completes Captive Carry Test

Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit completed a captive carry test Nov. 19, strapping its 70-foot Launcher One rocket to a modified Boeing 747 aircraft and launching it near its base in Long Beach. The first captive carry flight is a step towards Virgin Orbit’s first space launch, which is scheduled for early 2019, Engadget reports. Before a trip outside the atmosphere, Virgin Orbit has to conduct several more captive carry launches, as well as a drop test, where the 747 will drop a rocket that will freefall to Earth.

ServiceTitan Snags Former Netflix Content Planner

Socaltech reports Glendale-based home services software outfit ServiceTitan Inc. named former Netflix Inc. Vice President of Content Planning and Analysis David Burt as its newest chief financial officer. In addition to his role overseeing content, Burt also served as Netflix’s co-head of corporate development and has held roles at J.P. Morgan Chase Co. and Bain & Co.

Riot Games Bringing “League of Legends” to Print

Sawtelle-based Riot Games has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to create a series of graphic novels based on Riot’s flagship product and popular e-sport, video game “League of Legends.” The move towards print literature is a way to cement the characters and lore of “League of Legends,” and despite Riot’s technical focus it is employing writers to work on the project. VentureBeat reports the first comic book will debut May 2019.

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