League of Legends mobile game may soon be coming

Ruben Fields
May 25, 2019

China's Tencent Holdings Ltd is working with its US unit Riot Games to develop a mobile version of "League of Legends", the world's most popular desktop-based game, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The news site Reuters have claimed that three separate sources with intimate knowledge of the Tencent and Riot Games team up have come forward to share some details about an upcoming mobile version of the MOBA game League of Legends.

With more and more gamers becoming enamoured with the concept of mobile gaming it may be that a mobile version of the game is just the thing to put some wind into Riot's sails, especially in the Asian market.

Right now League of Legends is only available on PC, but Tencent has released a number of similar "MOBAs" (multiplayer online battle arenas) that have been a success on mobile. Of course, this is ignoring the fact that Tencent has owned Riot Games since 2015, so I'm not even sure if Riot had a choice at this point. The game took $1.4 billion in revenue over the last fiscal year.

Mobile games accounted for 57% of videogame revenue in China in 2018 but only 36% in the US market, according to Newzoo.

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"Honour of Kings" had more than 140 million active monthly users in March, Newzoo said.

League of Legends is out now for PC.

Tencent has been the majority shareholder in Riot since 2011, and fully acquired the company in 2015, but adapting the developer's only major release has proved hard.

As for worldwide competitions, both Riot and Tencent would both profit, as they already have the Tengjing Sports venture to run e-sport tournaments and everything that is related to League of Legends. However, it does mean that there is far more competition for League of Legends as Tencent and Riot Games work on taking the popular PC title to mobile. More interesting however is that this isn't the first time that the company has attempted a mobile version of League.

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