LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: WILD RIFT GLOBAL TOURNAMENT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED FOR Q4 2021
Riot Games has announced the imminent launch of the world’s first-ever global tournament for League of Legends: Wild Rift.
The mobile iteration of one of the world’s most popular MOBAs has only recently made its first steps in the esports scene with the ongoing Icon Series regional tournaments in Southeast Asia back in February 2021, and will run through August 2021 with the Fall Season.
Though precise details about the new global Wild Rift tournament have yet to be unveiled, it is confirmed the event is slated to take place sometime in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“We really believe that mobile gaming will help transform the future of esports,” said John Needham, global head of esports for Riot Games, at their recent media preview. “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.”
“We’ve seen a great number of esports organizations around the world announcing their Wild Rift teams,” said Leo Faria, Global Head of Wild Rift Esports. “In Southeast Asia, for example, organisations 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.”
“We have to be out in the market to understand how to begin iterating on it…”, said Chris Tran, head of esports for Riot Games for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. “It would be much easier to do the wrong thing and just make the assumptions that what works for League of Legends will just work for Wild Rift.”
League of Legends: Wild Rift launched in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan back in 2020, and only just made its way to North America in March 2021. Though the Wild Rift Esports team acknowledges that Wild Rift and League of Legends on PC are ultimately different games, the recent successes of the Icon Series SEA tournaments are a significant enough barometer for the esport to take place on a global scale.
For instance, The Alliance, predominantly a European esports organisation, has made waves with their Singapore Wild Rift team for the Icon Series SG: Pre-Season and Summer Season so far. More global esports teams are expected to form their own Wild Rift branches in the lead-up to the global tournament.
More details about the Wild Rift global tournament will be revealed in the coming months. Meanwhile, for all updates on Wild Rift SEA Icon Series SG and to catch the action live, visit:
Main Website: https://iconseriessg.versusasia.com/