Jan. 8 was a massive day for League of Legends and Riot Games. For League of Legends, the latest season started, officially ending the preseason. A new champ was revealed, and plans for the rest of 2021 were exposed. In the variety of statements, it became simple to lose track of a few of Riot’s other games, most especially, Wild Rift.

Not to be outdone by any of their sis development teams, Riot’s Wild Rift team released a ten-minute video detailing the game’s rollout strategy, events, skins, and esports plans.

Riot already has strategies in location to start regional esports competitors in South East Asia (SEA) and Japan in early 2021. The game was released on mobile platforms in those regions in 2020, they were a few of the very first locations to get to the video game. Riot has actually stayed firm on their commitment to present the game to the Americas in March of 2021 however emphasized that the release schedule has actually been slower than they would have liked.

Details on the esports system itself are sparse, however Riot stated that the facility of a competitive scene in SEA and Japan are the very first actions in developing an esports ecosystem “for gamers to complete worldwide.” A ranked system is also set to be released in early 2021.

Historically Riot has taken a long view of developing esports scenes, investing heavily and early in developing their games’ competitive scenes. League of Legends commemorated its 10th anniversary of World Championships in October 2020, and the company made overtures at the coming decade being a movement towards League of Legends’ 20th anniversary.

The release of brand-new games in the franchise becomes part of Riot’s ongoing strategy to expand their esports ecosystem to numerous video games. 2020 likewise brought the introduction of Valorant and its accompanying competitive scene which hopes to rival the similarity CS: GO. Whether Wild Rift will pertain to dominate the competitive mobile landscape is yet to be seen, the real test will come when the game launches in the West this year.