League of Legends may be headed to iOS and Android, report says

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League of Legends may be about to head to phones and other mobile gadgets. 

According to a Wednesday report from Reuters, China-based Tencent is hoping to bring League of Legends to mobile devices. 

Riot Games, the US-based maker of League of Legends (and a division of Tencent since being fully acquired in 2015), are working on the game, according to the report. The two have reportedly been developing the project for more than a year, but the wire service says the game is “unlikely” to launch in 2019.

Since its arrival in 2009, League of Legends has become a global phenomenon, attracting millions of players and spawning a worldwide esports league. Last year’s League of Legends World Championship Final drew 99.6 million unique viewers.   

By expanding to mobile, League of Legends would become the latest popular game to make the move from PC/console to on-the-go gadgets. On Wednesday Nintendo began its closed beta for Mario Kart Tour, a new version of its popular Mario Kart racing series that’s set to arrive on iOS and Android this summer. 

Riot Games declined to comment. Tencent did not respond to a request for comment. 

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