Believe it or not, one of the games is an Esports management game
Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games have a huge following and League of Legends is one of the biggest. While DotA 2 is arguably the biggest MOBA game in Malaysia, LoL has a massive following worldwide (though the prize pool for tournaments are still dwarfed by Dota 2). The game, which was released back in 2019 is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and it’s doing it in some style.
The games developer, Riot Games has revealed a massive expansion to the LoL universe with the announcement of not only a slew of brand new games, but also a TV series. Let’s break it down for you, shall we?
Lets start with the slew of games:
Teamfight Tactics Mobile– While the game was launched a couple of months ago, it’s now set to get a standalone version for mobile devices. The popular auto-battler seems to have grown among players and is expected to launch early next year. The company have also come out and stated that the game will have a new structure so LoL fans, you might want to keep an eye out for that one.
A Tekken-esque game- Thats right, you read that correctly. There’s going to be a LoL themed fighting game and in spite of the fact that I personally dont play LoL, i’m hella excited. Riot Games has in the past revealed that it’s been working on a fighting game so this may not surprise everyone. Regardless, it’s still in early stages of development so it might be a while before we see this one.
A digital card game: Just like Blizzard’s done with Hearthstone and Bethesda’s done with The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Riot Games want a piece of the digital card game pie. What better way to do so than with LoL, right? It’s 2019, did your fantasy game even really make it if it doesn’t have it’s own digital card game? I don’t think so. Of course, this is all just another way for Riot Games to make money off gamers.
League of Legends Esports Manager: This announcement definitely takes the cake. Ever wanted to manage a pro Esports team? Well now you can! The game is an e-sports management game that is akin to that of Football Manager, where players can now take on the roll of Esports team manager. I mean, I don’t really know what else to say about it. This has got to be a joke, right? I mean are people really expected to pay for this game? One interesting about the revenue from the game is that it’ll be shared with the real-world pro teams featured within it. Kinda makes it hard to hate the game now, to be honest.
On top of all those games, there is also an animated series in the works. With all the beautiful animated shorts that Riot has been releasing over the years, this is hardly surprising. The series, which will be called Arcane, is currently being produced in house by the Riot team and will be out in 2020. Riot even provided us a short synopsis of the show and it reads
“Set in utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions — and the power that will tear them apart.”
I don’t know about you guys but I can’t wait!