RIOT HOSTS FIRST ‘WILD RIFT’ GLOBAL ESPORTS TOURNAMENT
Midseason esports are going to be a Riot.
Ahead of its Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), Riot Games teased esports announcements in a livestream event, giving fans a hint of what’s to come for League of Legends, VALORANT, Wild Rift and Teamfight Tactics (TFT).
Wild Rift, Riot’s mobile version of League of Legends, will have its first global tournament, currently slated to take place at the end of 2021, with more information to be revealed later this year.
“We really believe that mobile gaming will help transform the future of esports,” said John Needham, Riot Games global head of esports. “For us, this is about learning from our ten years of experience on LoL Esports while learning what makes the mobile community special, creating a sport that is unique and exciting to watch for Wild Rift players.”
Regional competitions have already begun; the Southeast Asia (SEA) recently concluded its first official Wild Rift competitive preseason, called the SEA Icon Series.
“We’ve seen a great number of esports organizations around the world announcing Wild Rift teams,” said Leo Faria, Riot Games global head of Wild Rift esports. “In Southeast Asia, for example, organizations like The Alliance, RRQ and LoL Esports veterans Flash Wolves all announced Wild Rift rosters. As we kick things off in the rest of the world, we expect to see some of the biggest names in esports also announcing their own Wild Rift rosters.”
The VALORANT Stage 3 Masters is set to take place in Berlin, and has grown to include 16 teams in attendance. The winner at Berlin will automatically qualify to participate in the VALORANT Champions, the final tournament before being crowned the best VALORANT team in 2021. Riot also announced HyperX is the official keyboard and mouse partner for the VALORANT Champions Tour.
The Global Teamfight Tactics Championship is set to take place in October. It will be live and take place in China.
Riot is also partnering with Spotify to launch MSI team anthems within the official League Spotify playlist. Each of the 11 qualifying teams chose one song that embodies the spirit of their team’s journey through the Spring Split. Riot is also starting a weekly Spotify exclusive podcast that will cover trending League esports news, hosted by League personalities.
Verizon is set to be the official 5G wireless network services partner for both League and VALORANT esports, while Cisco will be providing network support during MSI in Iceland and Riot Games production centers in Berlin and LA.
The MSI is set to take place May 6 – 22.
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