If you’ve been waiting with bated breath on any news of League of Legends: Wild Rift esports, you can breathe easy now, because Wild Rift esports has officially been announced! (not that it was ever in doubt)
This confirmation came from Riot Games’ Season 2021 opening day live stream last week, which gave fans a glimpse of what to expect from League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, Teamfight Tactics, Wild Rift and Riot Games esports this year. According to John Needham, Head of Global Esports at Riot Games, 2021 will be the year that the Wild Rift esports ecosystem will be built. “This will be the year we will experiment and learn, setting the foundations for the long-term success of the sport. You will see our first competitions come to life later in 2021.”
The inaugural Wild Rift esports season will begin with numerous small-scale competitions in March, followed by eight location-specific tournament circuits where players compete for the local championship title and a chance to battle other champions across Southeast Asia. Taking into account that the SEA region was the first recipient of the LoL mobile title, it seems natural to debut its esports in the same location. Now we know why Team Secret and Geek Fam are forming their own Wild Rift squads.
In terms of updates, Wild Rift’s first ranked season has arrived in the ring of the new year, and an All Random All Mid (ARAM) game mode was revealed to be included in the game sometime in the near future. To get non-LoL players up to speed, the out-of-the-norm ARAM mode is faster and more aggressive, featuring a single-lane map and quicker XP/gold gain. And finally, an average of two champs per month will be released this year; Katarina, Rammus, and Dr. Mundo have been confirmed as future champs so far.
In other related news, the LoL Worlds 2021 Grand Finals will be holding its showdown stage in Shenzhen, China. This will be the second season in a row for the World Championship to be held in the country, following LoL Worlds 2020 in Shanghai, and is also the third time that Worlds took place in China.
Watch a summary of the esports announcements below