Riot Games has announced that there will be a global esports tournament for their popular mobile MOBA, League of Legends: Wild Rift, later this year. This will see regional teams across the globe competing to earn a place in a tourney in late 2021.
At a regional level, Wild Rift already has an active esports scene. Most notably, in Southeast Asia, the SEA Icon Series: Preseason has recently concluded. It was a five-week-long event in Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, with 54 professional teams participating.
A regional schedule for the esports competition is set to be announced soon alongside third-party tournament guidelines. The PC version of League of Legends has a thriving esports scene so, it's unsurprising that Riot is hoping to emulate this success with the mobile version of their popular MOBA.
Discussing the esports scene, Leo Faria, Global Head of Wild Rift Esports said: “We’ve seen a great number of esports organizations around the world announcing their Wild Rift teams.”
They added: “In Southeast Asia, for example, organizations like The Alliance, RRQ, and LoL Esports veterans Flash Wolves all announced Wild Rift rosters. As we kick things off in the rest of the world, we expect to see some of the biggest names in esports also announcing their own Wild Rift rosters.”