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Published: March 26, 2021

Written by: Stefan Velikov

  • Riot Games Japan hinted a world championship in Wild Rift is coming
  • It is set to happen after Japan regional, so it’s subtly hinted that it may take place this year
  • More news will be revealed in the months to come

The huge success of Riot’s mobile entry League of Legends: Wild Rift sets it on the road to having a world championship. Hints by the company imply it will take place this year.

Wild Rift’s Japanese Tournaments Hint of World Championship

Few games have the opportunity to rise in popularity enough to have large events dedicated to them. However, Riot Games’ new mobile title League of Legends: Wild Rift has been riding on favorable waves. So much so that a world championship is already in the works in the first year after the game’s release. 

The news was teased by the Japanese branch of the gaming company. It just announced three local tournaments – one invitational, followed up by two featuring open qualifiers. The winner of the final tournament of the bunch was said to directly qualify for the “World Championship.” As the regional will happen from July to October this year, it is completely possible that the said World Championship will also happen in the last months of 2021. 

The invitational tournament in Japan will start on April 24 and will feature eight invited teams competing online for a prize pool of almost $14,000.

The next will follow up on May 29, with registrations open from April 26 to May 10. It will have double the prize pool, compared with the previous tournament. 

The region will have the highest monetary value at stake, with prizes over $80,000. As was mentioned, it will take place from July to October and will also feature open qualifiers. 

LoL: Wild Rift has already had a fair share of exposure. It was the first mobile game ever to be featured in the ESL Premiership and will even be played as a medal sport at the SEA Games. Riot’s experience has proved the company as a capable creator of successful esports. 

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