Riot Games un­veils new games us­ing ‘League of Leg­ends’ IP

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Baek Byung-yeul [email protected]­re­

Riot Games is ex­pand­ing the use of char­ac­ters from its fa­mous five-on-five on­line bat­tle game “League of Leg­ends,” an­nounc­ing dif­fer­ent games that fea­ture pop­u­lar “League” char­ac­ters, the U.S. com­pany said Wednesday.

The com­pany in­tro­duced the on­line bat­tle game in 2009 and now “League” has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar es­ports com­pe­ti­tions, gar­ner­ing 9.9 mil­lion fans around the world for the fi­nal match of the 2018 World Cham­pi­onships.

To com­mem­o­rate the 10th an­niver­sary of its launch, the com­pany held me­dia events si­mul­ta­ne­ously around the world and un­veiled a se­ries of new games such as an on­line card game “Leg­ends of Runeterra”; “League of Leg­ends: Wild Rift” a mo­bile ver­sion of “League,”; a shoot­ing game ten­ta­tively called “Project A”; and a fight­ing game called “Project L.”

Among th­ese new prod­ucts, Riot Games said the on­line card game is sched­uled to hit the mar­ket in 2020 af­ter un­der­go­ing a beta test­ing pe­riod. The game will be re­leased both in mo­bile and PC for­mats.

In ad­di­tion, the com­pany also an­nounced that it is mak­ing an an­i­mated film “Ar­cane” which re­volves around pop­u­lar char­ac­ters in “League.” The film is ex­pected to be re­leased in 2020.

The com­pany said the an­i­mated ver­sion is in line with its ef­forts to get more peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the “League” uni­verse.

Park Jun-kyu, coun­try head of Riot Games Korea, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to­wards Korean gamers for their sup­port for the game.

“For the past 10 years, we have ex­pe­ri­enced a slew of changes while ser­vic­ing League of Leg­ends, but one thing that will not change is our deep af­fec­tion and pas­sion for play­ers. We will never for­get th­ese orig­i­nal in­ten­tions and will spare no ef­forts,” Park said.

Cour­tesy of Riot Games Korea

Park Jun-kyu, coun­try head of Riot Games Korea, speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at LoL Park in Seoul, Wednesday.

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