Rumor: Riot is working on an anime and digital card game based on League of Legends

    
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We're the good guys this week, right? No? Well, we're going anyway.

Are you ready to explore the rich lore of Runeterra? Because you – wait, what do you mean “what the heck is a Runeterra?” That’s the world League of Legends takes place in. Yes, it has a name. Yes, the game actually has a story, which is… well, obviously not front-and-center, which is one of the reasons that Riot Games is apparently working on developing an anime based on the popular game, according to esports commentator Rod Breslau. Breslau also claims that sources are reporting on an upcoming digital card game entitled Legends of Runeterra, further doubling down on story content.

Since this month marks the 10-year anniversary of LoL, it would make sense for Riot to announce these things during the upcoming anniversary event later today. Supposedly, the game’s mobile version is also due for release today, with pre-registration briefly available in both China and Brazil before it was turned back off. It sounds like a lot of new ways for fans to explore the game’s backstory, although we’ll have to see tonight how much is announced. (Remember all that teasing about an MMO at the start of the yearWe do.)

Source: Twitter via Dexerto
Update
Turns out Riot had a ton of reveals planned – our full coverage is here!

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Sorenthaz

So turns out it’s not so much an “anime” but an animated series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA-v_LB3Qpc

Also the TCG is real. https://playruneterra.com/en-us/

Good on them for pushing out more games using their IP I guess. Certainly more likely to work better than HiRez’s attempts to make SMITE spinoffs.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Interested on seeing them launching a Hearthstone contender right in the middle of this Blizz controversy. More so since they’re fully owned by Tencent.

Interested for another reasons on this anime tho. Me and my fiancee love watching some anime together, and we also used to play LoL, so maybe it’ll merit a try at least (I’ve personally liked their collaboration with Marvel on developing Ashe and Lux graphic novels).

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Bruno Brito

I actually liked the LoL Lore, before they thrashed the Summoner’s Association.

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Jaymes Buckman

No interest in this genre of game. But since the art style holds some appeal, I could check a show out.

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TherecDaMage .

I still want to see someone like Jensen or Faker shout “Free Hong Kong!” during a World Championship interview, but I know nobody will because everyone in the gaming world is fine turning a blind eye to this company rather than risk losing League of Legends.

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Bruno Brito

Faker is korean tho, so there are no stakes for him. I don’t even think he knows what life is like for Hong Kong people.

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TherecDaMage .

Yes I know he is, that wasn’t my point.

After the whole Blizzard fiasco, Riot came out with a statement telling their players not to do what BlitzChung did at their tournament. Instead of the internet saying “or what?!?!”, They said “yes sir!”. That’s because they knew exactly what would happen, and unlike Blizzard, everyone loves Riot and League of Legends, so they don’t want bad things to happen to that game or company. So they are willing to follow the rules of a Chinese-owned company and never say anything pro-Hong Kong if it means their game is safe.

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Bruno Brito

I think it’s different nuance. Not everyone loves Riot.

The issue is: LoL is the biggest moba around, and most professional players live from it. Spitting onm the plate you eat is not something they’re going to do, specially since most of them are not even in contact with the HK debacle.

I mean, how many pro players actively took a stance when the CFO was “punished” ( which he wasn’t ) for being a sexual harasser and a total creep? Not many.

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TherecDaMage .

Yeah that’s true. That’s why we’re not seeing many professional Hearthstone/Overwatch players step down too. It just saddens me that there’s been no public response. However there is only so much we can do and I guess until they openly show their true colors we have to focus on the companies actively causing problems.

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Bruno Brito

I think most of the people actively angry at this are on self-imposed silence. For instance, i would assume that this Blizzard debacle probably destroyed moral inside their own teams, because it sets them in a position they don’t want to be, and shows that the company focus on a potential profit group, that it actually never was able to take hold of, than it’s actual clients.

The reality of the situation is that Blizzard devs are passionate, and they pour their blood in the game. But the upper echelon’s detachment is clearly showing, and they’re being forced to take positions with a company that they don’t agree to, while watching their games becoming monetized and casualized shitshows.

Blizzard’s biggest customer base was ALWAYS and will ALWAYS be Western players. We know that, the devs know that, and we all realize that they should focus on us. But again, the upper echelons are so enchanted with China’s potential of shoving ungodly ammounts of money so far up corporate behind, that they actually think if they get a foothold there, they’ll be free from all the backlash for the last like five, six years of underperforming.