BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd is working with its U.S. unit Riot Games to develop a mobile version of “League of Legends”, the world’s most popular desktop-based game, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Relations between Tencent and Riot have long been strained over how to best to capitalize on the game, in which players hack and slash their way through battle arenas. Riot rejected a Tencent proposal years ago to develop a mobile version, one of the sources said.
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Tencent then developed a similar offering, “Honour of Kings”, which was launched in November 2015 and has become the world’s highest grossing multiplayer online battle arena game, although most of that revenue is garnered in China.
But in doing so, it created tensions with Riot which were further inflamed when Tencent launched an adaptation of “Honour of Kings”, called “Arena of Valor” for overseas markets in 2016 and 2017, sources have said. “Arena of Valor” has been regarded as a flop by some analysts after failing to click with Western gamers.
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One of the sources said Tencent and Riot have been working on a mobile version of “League of Legends” for more than a year, although a separate source...
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