League of Legends is destined for mobile, Reuters reports

    
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Dragon Age.

Remember all the thinkpieces years back about the rise of the MOBA? The industry’s been through several bubbles since then, between survival sandboxes and battle royales. That’s gotta hurt those companies that staked their everything on the MOBA genre. It certainly seemed to take the wind out of League of Legends’ sails, as it’s maneuvered through several months in the last year when it was no longer the richest PC game in the world, at one point even being beaten by the likes of World of Warcraft (although it perked back up in April, according to SuperData). 2018 was a particular rough year as LoL’s incomes dropped a whole third from 2017.

Anyway, it looks Riot and Tencent are finally trying to do something about it, and no, it’s not a League of Legends MMO that the co-founder cruelly teased, debunked, teased again, and debunked again last summer right before the sexism scandal blew up. It does appear to be a League of Legends for mobile devices, however.

“One of the sources said Tencent and Riot have been working on a mobile version of League of Legends for more than a year, although a separate source said it was unlikely to be launched in 2019,” Reuters reported this morning, referring to the three sources it used to confirm and break the story about the existence of the game. The publication speculates that it’s likely to be more desirable in Asia than in the west, and we’re hard pressed to disagree.

Source: Reuters via Gamasutra
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Bruno Brito

Eh.

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Greaterdivinity

Well that’s disappointing if it’s largely a stripped down mobile port.

They’ve been talking about how they want to put the “gameS” in “Riot Games” for a few years now, even Greg Street commented on it multiple times if memory serves. I hope this isn’t all they had in mind. Because sure, it makes tons of sense financially and could be pretty cool, but damn if it’s not underwhelming and extremely disappointing given the possibilities even within the LoL universe alone.

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Sorenthaz

They’ve been working on other games, or trying to get another game out there. Rumor I heard a few years ago was that they wanted to do a team shooter but then scrapped that since BRs exploded in popularity. I imagine they’re still trying to get something new out there but mobile LoL is just a quick solution to appease Tencent overlords and try to get LoL out to a bigger audience. While also raking in whatever profits may come with it.