A video uploaded to YouTube on the 26th of August shows League of Legends being played on a mobile device. This video potentially is leaking that a mobile version of the game could be coming soon.
The video is titled in Chinese but reads “League of Legends mobile game test version film outflow” when translated into English. The video shows Summoner’s Rift with a majority of the same features as the PC version of the title, including graphics, abilities, and champions, with some slight differences.
In the video you can see that the team’s Nexus isn’t being protected by turrets. This may be due the game being in early development or a design choice to make the game flow better on a mobile device or it could be a remnant of Arena of Valor a mobile MOBA that was created by Tencent Games (The owners of Riot)
The graphical user interface contains a small circle trackpad to the left of the screen for movement while icons for champions’ abilities and basic attack buttons are on the right of the screen. The top left of the screen seemingly shows the full map including each lane. Underneath the map, it looks like players can see their gold. And the chat is underneath that.
Riot and Tencent hasn’t confirmed or officially announced the development of a League mobile game, however. But Reuters reported in May that Riot and Tencent may have started to work on a mobile version of League of Legends. In that article Reuters states that “Mobile games accounted for 57% of videogame revenue in China in 2018 but only 36% in the U.S. market, according to Newzoo“. This could mean a significant increase to both the amount of League players and the amount of revenue that a mobile release of the game could bring.
I personally think that this version of League of Legends could be very interesting and could open up the MOBA to mobile gamers. I do think that it would really negativly impact the League community if players on PC and mobile were able to play together as the mobile version of the game may not be as stable or allow users to perform to the same level as those on PC.
But I would love to be able to play Teamfight Tactics on my mobile and if you are reading this Riot, Please implement this. TFT is a breath of fresh air to League and it’s community, oh and while I have you on the subject, TFT championships would be super cool to watch and potentially join, I know I am game!