Reports suggest that Riot Games and Tencent Holdings are developing a version of popular MOBA League of Legends specifically for mobile devices.
League of Legends is recognized as one of the world’s most popular games, and has seen massive success despite PC being the only platform it is available on.
That seems set to change though, as Reuters report that Riot Games and Tencent Holdings are allegedly developing a mobile version of the title, marking a drastic shift in opinion from the developers.
According to Reuters, Tencent and Riot Games have been working on the mobile edition of LoL for over a year, although they give no specific date as to when work on the new version started.
While that would suggest that League of Legends mobile is well into the development cycle, they state that it’s unlikely that the game will be released in 2019, and will probably not be seen until 2020 at the earliest.
Reuters suggests that Tencent previously asked Riot Games to develop a mobile version of League of Legends a number of years ago, but the developers rejected it outright. In response, Tencent created Arena of Valor, a MOBA similar to LoL that was released on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch, three platforms that League of Legends mobile could appear on.
While many players in the western hemisphere prefer to play games on console or PC, mobile gaming is a massive market in Asia, which is likely why Tencent are pushing for a version of the game to be released on these platforms.
League of Legends is the most popular PC game worldwide according to tracker Newzoo, so opening it up to mobile players could see it widen the gap at the top of the list, and cement LoL as the biggest game in the world.
Neither Riot Games nor Tencent have commented on the rumors that they are working on a mobile edition of League of Legends, but we'll be sure to update this article with any new information as it becomes available.