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Riot Games revealed the release of March and the initial plans for a professional sports scene for League of Legends: Wild Rift, a mobile version of the wildly successful MOBA title. 

In several parts of the world, including Europe, Wild Rift is already available but has not been officially published in the American region, with many fans feeling left out. But now we know that Wild Rift will be launched in March 2021 in the American region, including the USA, and will be made available free of charge to fans in the region on mobile devices.

So far Wild Rift has proved to be very popular, particularly in the Asian market, where mobile MOBA titles have long been some of the most successful games. Although Western approval of similar titles has been lacking, the early signs for Wild Rift are strong. 

During the League of Legends start of the season live stream, the Wild Rift team also revealed the start of the Wild Rift competition in 2021, with Riot Games taking a role in a competitive ecosystem like Valorant and the League of Legends.

Initial competitions will commence in Asian regions such as SEA and Japan at the beginning of 2021, with tournaments being extended to other regions later in the year. Early tournaments will take place on a smaller scale in collaboration with leading organizations in the country. Then, in April, teams will travel to eight location-specific tournament circuits where they will play for the title of local champion and have a chance to compete against other local champions from across Southeast Asia.

“Like League PC, League of Legends: Wild Rift is wildly competitive, with the depth, complexity, and high stakes that make it a great sport,” said John Needham, Head of Global Sports at Riot Games, in the League of Legends Season Start/Opening Day live stream on Jan. 8. “While it’s still extremely early, we’re eager to add our enthusiasm and commitment to mobile sports. Although we continue to oversee the roll-out of Wild Rift through Open Beta in a variety of countries, we are ready to set a foundation for players to participate at the highest level. 

This will be the year in which we will experiment and learn, laying the groundwork for the long-term success of sport. You’ll see our first tournaments come to light later in 2021.” 

After a very sluggish launch year for Western viewers, who had to watch the Asian industry play well before they did, it looks like Wild Rift is going to be truly global this year. Riot will certainly take the competitive side of things a little slow, but by the end of the year, it is not unrealistic to believe the Crazy Rift might be a big sport.

Source: Forbes