League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of the popular PC title, is in the earliest stages of its esports development, but already Riot Games is looking to plant a flag in the emerging mobile esports market.
“We really believe that mobile gaming will help transform the future of esports,” John Needham, global head of esports for Riot Games told The Esports Observer. “To top off 2021 for Wild Rift Esports, regional teams will qualify for our first-ever Wild Rift global tournament. While we haven’t nailed down all the specifics, Riot is committed to a global Wild Rift Esports event in the fourth quarter of the year. For us, this is about learning from our ten years of experience on LoL Esports while also learning what makes the mobile community special, creating a sport that is unique and exciting to watch for Wild Rift players.”
While details regarding the event remain scarce, the fact that Riot Games is committing to hosting an international competition so early into the game’s lifespan is significant. Riot has consistently taken a methodical approach to building out esports infrastructure for its titles. Wild Rift only became available in North America in March, and already the company is making a clear indication that it wants to make a splash in the mobile esports market.
Even prior to this announcement, Riot had already begun to build up Wild Rift in one of the key markets for mobile esports – Southeast Asia. The company tapped ESL