ESPORTS PLANS FOR WILD RIFT 2021 – After a League of Legends banner year with the game generating $1.75 billion in revenue alone, Riot Games is looking to compete with their mobile counterparts. Wild Rift, the League of Legends mobile version, will get its own esports calendar this year.
It is not as bombastic a start as their previous esports release, Valorant, but for titles like PUBG Mobile or Arena of Valor, they certainly position themselves as a competitor.
League of Legends was the highest earning, non-mobile free to play title over the past year and the sixth highest-earning free to play title overall, according to a recent report from SuperData. All of them on mobile were the highest earning free to play titles.
Tencent’s Honor of Kings and Peacekeeper Elite were at the top of the list, unsurprisingly. They brought in, respectively, $2.45 and $2.32 billion. Clearly, Riot Games has seen the potential of their popular MOBA mobile versions and wants a slice of the pie.
ESPORTS INITIAL PLANS
Riot Games plans to launch Wild Rift sports events in South East Asia, to begin with, and to follow up on these smaller tournaments with major events in the region and eventually globally.
The game has been downloaded more than five million times worldwide since the release of the beta. That’s right, it’s still in beta. They haven’t finished developing the game, but they’re already supporting the ancillary sports scene.
The game is already available in Southeast Asia for some time now, and it’s clear why they’re starting out there. It would take some time to build a player base for a game that was only released in the UK and Europe on December 10 last year. In fact, the game is not yet available in North America. They’re going to get that chance in March of this year.
WILD RIFT SEASON ONE
Despite the staggered start of the mobile title, the first proper season started on 8 January. The game has received its first major update, Wild Rift 2.0. The new update introduced massive changes and improvements to the title of the mobile device. Five new champions have been added along with a slate of significant improvements in quality.
Teemo, the Swift Scout – Corki, The Daring Bombardier – Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest – Tristana, the Yordle Gunner – Lulu, the Fae Sorceress
Party Finder: This makes things simpler for players to get into premade games. Players can make their lobbys available to their Friends list or to the public, and players can search for an open lobby to join.
New latency indicator: a network indicator to show exactly what sort network you are on (WiFi, 4G, etc.), plus a new ingame indicator of your actual ping during playing.
Social Sharing: Players can now save the end of game scoreboard, end-of-game personal performance, career most played field, season rank, win streak, new champ acquired, new skin acquired, and leading camera screens to roll or share directly with Facebook.
Map Description: You can now explore the Wild Rift map in more detail. Read about jungle monsters, epic monsters, plants, and structures at your leisure.
Performance-improved tutorials: Players can now be prompted based on the gameplay of the player. They also made some graphic updates to the tutorial.
RIOT GAMES AND LEAGUE OF LEGENDS FUTURE
Now, in 2021, with multiple ways to play League of Legends and a growing user base for their Valorant FPS sports, Riot is ready for even more success. Riot has a few more games in the pipeline.
A League-themed card game and an auto-battler have already been released by Riot. In 2021, the company plans to launch a game console version, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and a single-player spin-off, turn-based RPG for consoles and PCs.