Riot Games to Self-publish League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics in Southeast Asia From 2023

Riot Games announced that it will take over publishing of League of Legends (“League”) and Teamfight Tactics (“TFT”) in Southeast Asia and Taiwan starting from January 2023. This brings Riot’s total number of self-published titles in the region to five, including VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Legends of Runeterra.

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Whilst self-published by Riot Games across Southeast Asia, Riot will appoint Taiwan Mobile and VNGGames will be appointed as the new publishers of League and TFT in Taiwan and Vietnam respectively.

League first launched in Southeast Asia in 2010, with Riot awarding the publishing rights of the game to Garena, a leading global online games developer and publisher. Garena has grown both League and TFT from strength to strength, ushering in League’s milestone 10th anniversary in 2019. Since then, Riot Games has gone on to launch and self-publish new game titles with corresponding esports leagues, including VALORANT and the VALORANT Champions Tour, League of Legends: Wild Rift and Wild Rift Esports, and has also expanded its entertainment offerings including new EPs from virtual bands K/DA and Pentakill under Riot Games Music, as well as the release of animated series Arcane.

Riot has also since steadily expanded its capabilities with a new operating model that focuses on the fast-growing Asia Pacific (“APAC”) region, where the company has extended its publishing reach to include Japan and India. Riot is in the midst of establishing local offices in key markets such as the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, to deepen its native presence and better provide hyper-localization to players in-market.

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"We are grateful for Garena’s partnership and publishing support over the past decade. Their efforts have built an incredible community of League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics players across Southeast Asia, and the games’ success would have been impossible without them.

Over the past few years, Riot has also worked hard to expand our capabilities across the region, building strong local teams and a deep network of partners. We now feel that this is the right time for us to own the publishing of League and TFT in Southeast Asia, as part of our expansion into Asia Pacific.

As we further our focus on being the most player-focused game company in the world, we are excited to bring our players immersive and meaningful experiences, both in and out of game. We are looking forward to seeing our players benefit from a unified Riot ecosystem and look forward to writing the next chapter with them,” said Alex Kraynov, Managing Director for APAC, Riot Games.

“We would like to thank Riot and the League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics communities for their tremendous support and partnership in growing both games to the successes they are today in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. We are honoured to have worked together with Riot over the past decade to create the best possible experiences for players, and wish the team every success in this next chapter,” said Kevin Huang, Regional Producer of League of Legends, Garena.

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Account Migration: Next Steps

As part of the publishing transition, Riot will launch new League and TFT servers, and Garena servers will cease operations by January 2023. To ensure that players transfer and retain their existing account data in time, Riot and Garena are working closely on the account linking process that will open for all from 18 November 2022.

After players kick off the account linking process in November they can continue to play League via the Garena client until early January 2023. However, starting in January, Riot servers will open and all players can access League on the Riot multi-game client. Once players confirm their instructions and login for the first time via the Riot multi-game client in January, their game history will be fully migrated. Confirmed relaunch dates will be announced at a later date.

A full account migration tutorial and FAQ are now available on Account Migration Microsite. Players are encouraged to migrate their accounts as early as possible, to enjoy the full Riot experience with minimal disruption. Players who migrate their account data early will also be rewarded with a suite of welcome in-game rewards. Personal data provided to Garena will not be migrated.

Players are also encouraged to follow Riot’s new League and TFT social channels for more updates on the migration, and to stay abreast of all game news moving forward:
The publishing relationship between Garena and Riot will officially conclude in January 2023. Once the publishing transition between both companies is complete, players can look forward to a suite of exciting welcome events and rewards, access to regional Riot publishing services including Localization, Billing, Player Support, as well as local marketing activities and the continued publishing of League esports. In the long term, players can expect to enjoy deeper content integration within the Riot ecosystem, exciting in-game campaigns and cross-franchise campaigns to enjoy.

League and TFT will be published in Taiwan and Vietnam by Taiwan Mobile and VNGGames respectively, and players in those markets can continue to enjoy the suite of publishing services by both publishers as presently offered for Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT and League of Legends: Wild Rift.

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About the League of Legends
Released in 2009, "League of Legends" is Riot Games' debut title and one of the most-played competitive games in the world, engaging millions of players daily in 20+ officially-supported languages. A mainstay of the MOBA genre, in "League", two teams of five powerful champions face off to destroy each other's base in a game that blends the speed, strategy, and intensity of an RTS with immersive RPG elements.

League continues to evolve year over year in gameplay and storytelling, delivering fresh new experiences like K/DA, immersive stories like Star Guardian and Spirit Blossom, and technical balance changes to ensure competitive integrity. As the basis for the Runeterra universe, League champions have been featured in music, comic books, spinoff games, collectible figurines, board games, TV series, and more. The annual League of Legends World Championship is the most widely viewed esport tournament, and is among the largest and most popular sporting events in the world.

About Riot Games
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports.

As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles. Riot is also building the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, board games, and the Netflix animated series Arcane.

Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide.

FAQ

When does Riot’s contract with Garena end? When will League officially be taken back by Riot?

Our contract with Garena will end in January 2023. We will take over League and TFT publishing in Southeast Asia (Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and Vietnam) once the contract has ended.

How can I play Riot League/TFT moving forward? What do I need to do?
Both League and TFT will be available through the Riot multigame client, a single sign-on platform where all existing Riot games are housed. To download the multi-game client, players can go to www.riotgames.com.

I am based in Southeast Asia, but currently play on servers outside of the region (Europe, Japan, North America etc.). Can I transfer my account to the Southeast Asia server?
Yes, players based in Southeast Asia, but playing on accounts outside of the region, will be able to transfer their League accounts to the SEA server. However, this is a one-way transfer only. Accounts from other regions can be transferred to SEA, but cannot be transferred out once completed.

What does a transition mean for my account ranks and purchase history?
We want to ensure that players can retain their account data, so Riot and Garena are working closely on an account migration process. Players can follow the tutorial on Account Migration Microsite to migrate their Garena account information to new or existing Riot IDs.

While we’re aware that the transition may come with its hiccups and pains, we ultimately want to provide players with as smooth a transition as possible. Therefore, we encourage players to migrate their accounts as early as possible.

We intend to help players retain key account content, such as emotes, skins, champions and in-game currency through the migration process. Some of these items include but are not limited to:
  • Cosmetic Content: Don’t worry, your skins are safe! All cosmetic content will be transferred. If you already have a certain skin on both accounts, we’ll provide you with a loot reward equivalent to the value of your cosmetic content. You’ll keep your skins, plus something extra!
  • Loot Inventory: All loot items and essence balances will be transferred and added to any existing loot inventory if you already have a Riot account.
  • RP: All RP purchases will be added to the Riot account. If you have already made RP purchases on your Riot account, your final RP balance will reflect both your Garena and Riot RP purchases.
  • Champion Mastery, Eternals, Level: You’ll still be able to carry your team with your favorite mains! Your personal champions’ specific stats will carry over in the transfer.
  • Summoner Name:. We know you want to keep your in-game identity. Your summoner name will be retained if you have played at least one game in 2021 or 2022.
  • Friends List: You won’t have to leave your team behind! We’ll be transferring your friends list to your Riot account. But note that your list may not appear complete at the beginning if your friends have not transferred their accounts. Your friends list will be complete once all your friends have claimed their accounts.
Our Player Support teams are also on hand to troubleshoot and support players. Early migrations will also allow players to participate in a host of welcome rewards and events.

Will I lose my Garena League account amidst this transition?
Once the transition period concludes, Garena League accounts will no longer be active. However, players can migrate from their Garena account information to their new or existing Riot IDs by following the account migration tutorial and FAQ now available on Account Migration Microsite.

If I don’t transition my account before January, what happens?
We encourage players to embark on account migration as soon as possible before servers relaunch in early January 2023, to ensure a smooth transition. In the event that account data is not fully migrated, compensation will unfortunately be unavailable for the loss of account data.

Can I convert my unused Garena Shells to Riot Points?
This transition brings about new game servers and monetization methods to ensure that players receive an authentic Riot-published gaming experience. To that effect, Garena Shells will not be eligible for conversion to Riot Points but can still be used on other Garena games.

Who do I go to with my player support questions?
APAC League and TFT players can now contact Riot Player Support directly through the in-game player support function. Player Support teams can also be reached via Riot Games Player Support.

In what ways will the Riot League/TFT experience differ from Garena’s?
Our goal is to provide League/TFT players in Southeast Asia with the same in-game experience as other League regions. We also aim to provide the meaningful engagement players have come to expect from Riot both online and offline through in-game campaigns, ease of accessibility to cross-franchise events, and exciting out-of-game experiences including community activities and regional Riot-operated League esports.

What benefits do players stand to gain from migrating all accounts under one Riot ID?
Players can look forward to a suite of exciting welcome events and rewards, access to regional Riot publishing services including Localization, Billing, and Player Support, as well as local marketing activations and partnerships. In the long term, players can expect to enjoy deeper content integration within the Riot ecosystem, with exciting in-game campaigns and cross-franchise campaigns to enjoy. Our goal is to provide players in Southeast Asia with the best player experience possible by opening access to the same in-game events and content as other League and TFT regions.

If I already have a Riot account to play VALORANT, Wild Rift, or Legends of Runeterra, will this change impact me?
If you have an account to play any of our other games, you will be able to transfer your Garena account to the existing Riot ID. Transferring your account should not have any impact on your existing account and data in our other titles.

Will Riot be compensating players for loss of purchase history?
It is our goal to maintain the smoothest in-game experience for players through this transition, and this includes carrying over purchase history through the migration.

However, we recognize there may be a narrow window of adjustment where player data may not be migrated effectively. Our Player Support teams are on hand to troubleshoot and support affected players.

Unfortunately, because purchase history is tied to Garena services, we will not be able to provide compensation for the loss of account data. However, we acknowledge the impact this has on your progress and will have a host of return rewards in store for those of you who return to League SEA with newly created Riot IDs.

Will Riot be working with local publishing partners in Vietnam and Taiwan?
Yes, we will be announcing our local publishing plans in Vietnam and Taiwan at a later date. So stay tuned for the latest news by following our facebook channels for League and TFT.

Will Riot continue to use the same payment partners that Garena offered?
While there may be slight variations, APAC League players can utilize the same payment methods currently available for VALORANT here.

Are there any price changes with the transition?
As part of the transition, we will be reviewing regional pricing for League/TFT to ensure parity with that of other regions’ services.

Will Riot take over League esports from Garena too?
Yes, as part of the transition Riot will continue to operate the Pacific Championship Series and will regain ownership and operations of the Vietnam Championship Series. We are thankful for Garena’s partnership in helping us grow the League esports ecosystem.

This transition will help provide League pro teams and fans with the most exciting and entertaining esports experience possible. We will share more information about esports in the future. .

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