Tencent and Riot Games are teaming up to create a mobile version of the popular League of Legends MOBA, say exclusive Reuters sources.

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.

The sources revealed that Tencent and Riot have been struggling for a long while over how to best capitalize on the monumental success of the competitive online game, and that Riot had already rejected the proposal of a mobile version years ago.

In response to that rejection Tencent released their own mobile game Honour of Kings, which clearly riffs off the League of Legends formula, and has also subsequently become the worlds highest grossing online battle arena.

This, of course, created tensions within Riot that became even worse when an adaptation called Arena of Valor was released to global markets in 2016 and 2017, though this was largely regarded as a flop by most analysts after failing to grip the western market.

One of Reuters sources went on to say that Tencent and Riot have been working on a mobile version of League of Legends for over a year, while a separate source said it was unlikely to be launched during 2019.

League of Legends remains the most popular desktop game by unique users in a month, staving off the ever present and all consuming threat of Fortnite to command a playership of around 24.7% of all PC Gamers in the world, says the games analytics site Newzoo.

That being said, Gu Tianyi of Newzoo claims that “League of Legends is not doing as well as it used to and so Riot badly needs a new way to monetise the game, especially considering that it is Riot’s only game.”

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. Though considering the battle arena market has some fierce competition in Asia, Riot would have to put on a pretty strong showing.

Both Riot and Tencent Games have refused to comment on this leak.

 

Source: Reuters

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