Riot Games and Tencent have had several bouts in the past regarding the potential mobile port of League of Legends. The developers were initially hesitant to do the port but now it seems like Tencent are getting what they asked for.
Riot Games was not owned by Tencent until 2015 but the latter has been trying to get a mobile version of League of Legends even before that. Originally, Riot resisted these nudges which led the Chinese giant to release mobile clones such as Honour of Kings and Arena of Valor.
Now it seems like Tencent will finally have their way with League of Legends. According to a report by Reuters, several sources have confirmed that Riot Games and Tencent have been working on a mobile port of League of Legends for over a year.
Fans have been asking Riot to finally put the "s" in Riot Games since League of Legends was the only actual game they ever released, not counting the event-based minigames such as Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup and Cho'Gath Eats the World.
Back in 2017, Riot announced they would return to active game development, prompting fans the start crafting theories about what the next game might be with many rooting for an MMO. These rumours intensified when Marc Merril started teasing something on his Twitter in 2018 but the hopes of an MMO were soon shut down.
Riot filed for a trademark on something called Legends of Runeterra close to the end of 2018 which sparked speculation on what it might be once again but now it seems like we have the answer although it wasn't officially confirmed yet.
Given the timeline of Merril trying to ease the fans into something new and Reuters' report, it would not be too far fetched to conclude that Legends of Runeterra will indeed be the mobile version of League of Legends.
Meanwhile, all the fans who hoped for a new game will likely have to settle for a mobile port instead. It's really not a big deal, right? Don't you guys have phones?