League of Legends: Wild Rift’s open beta comes to North America in March
Fans in North America will be able to play League of Legends on their phones very soon. Today, at a big event detailing what 2021 will look like for League, developer Riot revealed that Wild Rift — the mobile and console version of the game — will launch in open beta in the Americas starting in March. It’s not clear what platforms the beta will be available on, but previous open betas were primarily on Android and iOS.
Additionally, Riot outlined its plans to support Wild Rift throughout the year. That includes regular events like a Lunar New Year festival in February, a ranked season that kicks off in some regions this week, and the addition of around two new characters each month.
The other big reveal from the event relates to Riot’s esports ambitions. League of Legends is arguably the biggest competitive game in the world right now, and Riot is trying to do something similar for its tactical shooter Valorant. So it should come as no surprise that the developer now says it’s looking to build out esports scenes for its trio of League spinoffs: Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, and Wild Rift.
Competitive mobile games like Honor of Kings, PUBG Mobile, and Brawl Stars are some of the most popular in the world, so it makes a lot of sense that Riot would try something similar with its smartphone titles, however there aren’t a lot of details on what the scenes will look like just yet.
Meanwhile, the developer also announced that this year’s League of Legends World Championship will be held in Shenzhen, China. Last year’s event took place in Shanghai.