League of Legends is going mobile
Tencent and Riot Games want to transform the League of Legends (LoL) game into a mobile-device title.
Tencent approached Riot Games to transform the desktop game into a mobile experience and a few years ago. At the time, Riot Games declined, and that made Tencent develop Honour of Kings (a game similar to LoL) for the Chinese market. The game was released in November 2015 and quickly became very popular and generated huge revenues.
Riot Games were not happy with this decision, and relations between the two companies broke even more after Tencent adapted the title for Western markets, under the name Arena of Valor, released in 2016-2017.
However, Arena of Valor did not catch in Europe and the US as well as in China. Now, the two companies seem to have fallen to an agreement and are ready to launch a version of League of Legends for smartphones. A source said the game will not be ready in 2019.
Riot Games needs a mobile version for League of Legends
More details about LoL on mobile were not made because the project is confidential. The game generated 1.4 billion dollars for Riot Games in 2018, an important amount, but decreased by 21% compared to 2017.
“League of Legends does not take it as well as in the past, and Riot needs to find a new way to monetize the game, especially since this is the only title of the company,” said Gu Tiany, an analyst for the Newzoo research firm.
Even so, LoL is the most popular video game on the PC, depending on the number of unique users of each month, and 24.7% of all gamers in the world have tried the game in April.
A smartphone version will attract more Asian players because they tend to prefer games like this, unlike Europeans and Americans who like the PC and consoles for more sophisticated titles.