Everyone in the esports industry has heard of League of Legends. However, you might not have heard of League of Legends: Wild Rift, a mobile MOBA variant with similar gameplay to the full title. Now, that game is set to enter the spotlight, with Riot Games announcing Wild Rift: Horizon Cup, a global tournament based around the mobile game.
Wild Rift is essentially a smaller version of League of Legends. The gameplay is mostly the same, with shrunken maps and shorter matches, but fundamentally, it’s the same thing. While League of Legends makes up an enormous portion of the esports industry, Wild Rift is yet to make any ripples.
This announcement is set to change that fact immeasurably.
There’s Money In Mobile
In recent years, mobile gaming has grown in terms of popularity and market value. There have been multiple of titles that have helped to boost both the image and capability of mobile gaming. For example, Call of Duty Mobile, which, just a year after launch, had seen more than half a billion downloads.
Today, there are popular esports tournaments for mobile games, although they’re yet to reach the potential of full, traditional games. Regularly, there will be competitions hosted on PUBG Mobile, CODM, Free Fire, and Arena of Valor. Now, League of Legends: Wild Rift will join that somewhat prestigious roster.
With Wild Rift: Horizon Cup, Riot Games is bringing forward the first-ever world championship for the game. Recently, we reported on the news that Riot Games was looking to establish more of a seperation between Wild Rift and League of Legends (core). This tournament is one of the first true steps in that direction.
Wild Rift: Horizon Cup – The Potential
From the 13th to the 21st of November, the Wild Rift: Horizon Cup will be played, in Singapore. Although news is yet to drop regarding the qualifiers, we do know that some of the top teams from the current Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 will be entering the competition.
This burst of fresh air will bring new opportunities both far and wide. We’ll see a wave of Wild Rift betting opportunities, with League of Legends veterans placing a few wagers on the tournament as it unravels. Riot Games is excited about the potential this tournament offers, promising a further expansion for the mobile platform:
The Wild Rift: Horizon Cup is the first of many steps we will take to show how committed we are to our mobile fans around the world.
There have already been numerous positive responses to this announcement online. As mobile gaming is one of the most accessible forms of gaming to-date, there’s a general consensus that more should be done to facilitate it. Therefore, competitions such as the Wild Rift: Horizon Cup will always be welcome.
More news regarding the schedule, format, and prizepools for the Wild Rift cup will be made available closer to November.