Riot Games’ decision to release their flagship MOBA game League of Legends on the mobile platform in 2020 surprised many fans. However, it seems that this vision of the future is bearing fruit because Riot Games itself seems to see great potential in League of Legends: Wild Rift.
Reporting from The Esports Observer, it is reported that Riot Games will make a big commitment to the development of LoL: Wild Rift including holding its first global esport tournament at the end of this year.
“We firmly believe that mobile games will help change the future of esports,” said John Needham, Global Head of Esport at Riot Games.
Needham further explained that they have not confirmed with certainty, but they are committed to holding a global Wild Rift esports event in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“For us, this (commitment) is about learning from our 10 years of experience in LoL esports as well as learning what makes the mobile community special, creating a unique and exciting sport for Wild Rift players to watch.” Needham continued.
Riot Games’ commitment to LoL: Wild Rift deserves to be appreciated, considering that this mobile game is still young and even released for the North American region in March 2021. However, Riot Games itself wants to immediately make a breakthrough for the mobile esports market.
LoL: Wild Rift itself has actually been doing research long before the initiation of the global tournament was held. One of them is the penetration of Southeast Asia, which is the main market for mobile esports. Including one of them is to make Wild Rift as an esports sport in the upcoming SEA Games.
Another surprising fact is that LoL: Wild Rift and other mobile game titles have the highest female player rates compared to similar games on PC. This is evidenced by more and more esport organizations in Southeast Asia that have registered their female squads into the Wild Rift even though they are still young.
Even though the Southeast Asian market is the region with the fastest Wild Rift development right now, Riot Games itself remains committed to developing the LoL: Wild Rift esports ecosystem evenly throughout the world.