Riot Games Looks To Launch League of Legends: Wild Rift Global Esports Tournament in Late 2021

Considering the success that League of Legends PC version has seen in global esports stage, Riot Games recently announced that it is planning to conduct a global esports tournament for its recent mobile MOBA game, League of Legends: Wild Rift, in late 2021.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of the popular PC title, is a 5-versus-5 multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed by Riot Games for console and mobile devices. Built from the ground up, it brings the League of Legends experience to whole new different platforms and features a twin-stick control system, competitive gameplay and a roster of over 60 champions, with two new champion additions coming every month this year.

Despite the game being in the early stages of esports development, Riot Games hopes to apply a decade of League of Legends esports experience to the mobile game and build a similar esports community for Wild Rift. It was announced during a virtual preview event held in front of 300 members of the media, at the eve of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational tournament, that the company aims to launch a global tournament for Wild Rift which will take place some time in late 2021.

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More in-depth details regarding the event has yet to be revealed, but as the announcement suggests, the tournament will pit teams from various parts of the world who decide the best team among themselves through regional qualifiers within the game.

"We really believe that mobile gaming will help transform the future of esports. To top off 2021 for Wild Rift Esports, regional teams will qualify for our first-ever Wild Rift global tournament. While we haven’t nailed down all the specifics, Riot is committed to a global Wild Rift Esports event in the fourth quarter of the year. For us, this is about learning from our ten years of experience on LoL Esports while also learning what makes the mobile community special, creating a sport that is unique and exciting to watch for Wild Rift players."
-John Needham, Global Head of Esports, Riot Games

Although League of Legends: Wild Rift has only become available in North America in March 2021, Riot Games is already making a bold move in committing to hosting a global competition so early in the game's lifespan. This makes it clear that the company wants to make big statement by planting the flag in the emerging mobile esports market.

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Even prior to this announcement, regional Wild Rift esports competitions have already started around the world. In February 2021, Riot Games began the Southeast Asia Icon Series, working hand in hand with ESL Gaming, to operate tournaments in various parts of the region. It is a five week-long event that was played in multiple locations within the region: Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore and featured 54 professional teams.

In addition, it was the first Riot sponsored Wild Rift event in the world and will be represented in both men’s and women’s disciplines at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games – the only esports title to have two events.

Riot executive and Global Director of Wild Rift Esports, Leo Faria, believes that the professional gaming ecosystem will continue to develop and expand later in the year and will inevitably reach an exclamation point with its global tournament. He also stated that a regional competition schedule, third-party tournament guidelines, and more information about the global event will be revealed later this year.

“We have seen a lot of esports organizations around the world advertising their Wild Rift teams. In Southeast Asia, for example, organizations like The Alliance, RRQ, and LoL Esports veterans Flash Wolves announced Wild Rift rosters. As we get started in the rest of the world, we hope to see some of the biggest names in esports also announcing their own Wild Rift rosters. “
-Leo Faria, Global Head of Esport, Riot Games

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Riot Games is also launching a new podcast that will be exclusively available on Spotify. It will cover trending LoL Esports news from around the world and its episodes will be hosted by Riot Games personalities. Epsiodes will drop weekly throughout the year so better keep an eye out for that.

League of Legends: Wild Rift is available for download on both Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS.
 

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