Riot Games has revealed that League of Legends: Wild Rift will launch on iOS in 2020. Riot says this is a new version of the original wildly popular MOBA title, which launched on PC 10 years ago, and it's built from scratch to take advantage of the mobile platform.

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Rumors that League of Legends would be making its way to smartphones first appeared in May, but the official confirmation arrived on Tuesday during a series of Riot announcements posted to YouTube to celebrate the game's 10th anniversary.

Wild Rift will feature the same five-on-five gameplay that made its PC counterpart a success, but individual matches are shorter at around 15 to 20 minutes long. There's also a twin-stick control scheme that Riot says will allow for quicker responses and faster battles.

Otherwise, players can expect the familiar LoL elements, like 5v5 maps and lots of playable characters from the existing roster of champions.

League of Legends is still one of the most popular PC games in the world, but sources suggest that revenue dipped last year, down 21 percent from 2017.

Given the drop off, a brief survey of the MOBA mobile landscape is enough to realize that the game's arrival on iPhone and Android was the logical next step. Titles like Fortnite and PUBG have shown that if a game's mechanics can be translated successfully to touchscreen devices, then expanding to mobile can prove hugely successful.

Riot plans to launch the mobile version "everywhere in the world by the end of 2020," followed by the game's debut on console. Alpha and beta versions of the game will be released in the next few months, rolling out in China first.

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Pepe4life Avatar
21 months ago
Reminder: Riot is owned by the Chinese state-funded company Tencent
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uther Avatar
21 months ago
I would’ve been interested but as another user reminded us also, I’m done giving money and power to Chinese companies and by extension the CCP.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PBG4 Dude Avatar
21 months ago

Reminder: Riot is owned by the Chinese state-funded company Tencent
Beat me to it. Tencent broadcasts the NBA in China so they were involved in Morey’s Hong Kong tweet issue. They’ve also censored “Hong Kong” from LoL’s chat system, among other things. There is documentation alluding to Tencent being directly funded by the Chinese government. They should be regarded with the utmost caution by freedom-loving people.
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dannys1 Avatar
21 months ago

Beat me to it. Tencent broadcasts the NBA in China so they were involved in Morey’s Hong Kong tweet issue. They’ve also censored “Hong Kong” from LoL’s chat system, among other things. There is documentation alluding to Tencent being directly funded by the Chinese government. They should be regarded with the utmost caution by freedom-loving people.
They also part own PubG and Fortnite so you better stop playing either of those if you do.
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Regbial Avatar
21 months ago

Written on a computer/device made in China, in a seat probably made in a China on a forum who's servers will be made in China. Ah well.
Well, hey, at least it’s something. I know I’ll be more cautious from now on about giving my money to China.
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dannys1 Avatar
21 months ago

I would’ve been interested but as another user reminded us also, I’m done giving money and power to Chinese companies and by extension the CCP.
Written on a computer/device made in China, in a seat probably made in a China on a forum who's servers will be made in China. Ah well.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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