Fans of League of Legends, rejoice. It looks like the game is coming to mobile devices, if a corroborated report is to be believed.
Reuters broke the news on Wednesday that Chinese mobile games juggernaut Tencent is working with Riot Games to create a mobile version of their smash hit MOBA League of Legends, according to their three sources “with knowledge of the matter.”
This has since been confirmed by Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastio in a separate report, which according to her source, states that the game “is not a 1-to-1 port… it has different items and runes and, potentially, fewer characters.”
Naturally, a lot of things are going to have to change to fit the game onto mobile devices, so it’s fair not to expect the full LoL experience when it eventually rears its head.
The game appears to be in active development at the moment, with Tencent and Riot having been in difficult discussions about it for some time now.
According to Reuters, proposals for the game had been rejected by Riot in the past, and Tencent’s Honor of Kings was also a point of contention given its similarity to LoL.
Given that the game doesn’t hold as much sway in mobile markets, this is quite the gargantuan task for Riot and Tencent to pull off. In any case, the talent is there to make it work, as is the player base.
As of April 2019, LoL is still the most played game in the world, with Hearthstone and Minecraft taking silver and bronze spots.
In any case, LoL mobile is something we’ll be keeping our eye on in the months to come. Perhaps we’ll hear more about it at E3 or later in the year. With Nintendo’s bold, successful stride into the mobile market, Riot look set to follow suit.