Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends (Lol), League of Legends: Savage RiftTeamfight Tactics (TFT), VALORANTS, and Legends of Runeterratakes a big step that will change the Lol experience in Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, November 9, the Lol developer has announced that it will resume editing Lol and TFT in Southeast Asia from January 2023, which was previously managed by Garena in the region.
This means that Riot will now have five self-published products in the region, including VALORANTS, League of Legends: Savage Riftand Legends of Runeterra.
Additionally, Riot has decided to designate Taiwan Mobile as the new Lol and TFT publisher in Taiwan and VNGGames as new TFT publisher in Vietnam. These regions were also previously published under Garena, the digital arm of Sea.
The move is Riot’s attempt to make the experience for players in both games smoother while removing the silo the region has been in for over a decade and including them in the global community.
According to Alex Kraynov, General Manager of APAC, Riot Games, this was part of the company’s Asia-Pacific expansion plan.
Riot is currently establishing regional hubs in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia to strengthen its local presence and improve its hyper-localization with market players.
“As we pursue our goal of being the most player-centric games company in the world, we are excited to provide our players with immersive and meaningful experiences, both in and out of the game. We look forward to to see our players benefit from a unified Riot ecosystem and look forward to writing the next chapter with them,” said Kraynov.
This will hopefully improve the infrastructure, customer service, community support, and localization for the Southeast Asia region, with the ultimate goal of providing the best gaming experience.
What will change?
Kraynov said the ping and potential packet loss would be significantly lower, and Riot aims to make games perform as well as other parts of the world.
APIs for useful websites such as op.gg will be open to the SEA region, giving players real-time access to champion stats, builds, performance, and trends. In addition to that, TFT will be available on Android and iOS devices.
Player, champion, icon, and item information will not be removed, but instead Garena’s migration to Riot accounts will take place in the coming weeks.
He also confirmed that to celebrate this migration, from January 2023, Lol SEA players will have the chance to own all of the champions by completing a series of missions.
Once the publishing transition between the two companies is complete, players can expect a suite of exciting welcome events and rewards, access to regional Riot publishing services such as localization, billing and player support, as well as local marketing activities and the continued release of Lol esports.
In the long run, players can expect better in-game content integration, exciting in-game campaigns, and cross-franchise campaigns. Support for community tournaments will also eventually be better.
Account Migration: Next Steps
Ensure a smooth transition for players and retention of their existing data. Riot and Garena are collaborating on the account linking process, which will be available to everyone on November 18.
Players can visit the Account Migration Microsite for a complete account migration tutorial and list of FAQs.
Players are advised to migrate their accounts to Riot as soon as possible to avoid disruptions. First account movers will also be eligible for various exciting in-game perks.
Any information voluntarily shared with Garena will not be transferred.
History of LoL with Garena
Riot has awarded publishing rights to Garena, a leading global online game developer and publisher, to Lolfirst launch of SEA in 2010. Garena took Lol and TFT to new heights, celebrating the game’s tenth anniversary in 2019.
Riot Games has since launched and self-published new game titles with corresponding esports leagues, such as VALORANTS and the VALORANT Champions Tour, League of Legends: Savage Rift and Wild Rift esports, and also expanded its entertainment offering with new EPs from virtual bands K/DA and Pentakill under Riot Games Music, as well as the release of the anime series Arcane.
“We are grateful for Garena’s partnership and publication support over the past decade,” Kraynov said. “Their efforts have built an incredible community of Lol and TFT players through SEA, and the success of the games would have been impossible without them.
Players in the region have complained about Garena’s lack of security which led to the spread of a virus in PC LoL players in Taiwan in 2018, the installation of malware to mine bitcoins, and other questionable practices in the past.
Some complain that the required Garena client slows down their overall PC performance. Several petitions on change.org to cancel the Garena partnership have been submitted.
When asked why Riot made this decision almost a decade after players asked for this decision, Kraynov mentioned to Yahoo Southeast Asia that Riot had only one game in its portfolio for some time. With Riot expanding to five games, with more on the way, it would make sense to take all players directly under their wing.
“We listened to these complaints. This decision took more than ten years, with plans to establish offices in the APAC region,” Kraynov said in an exclusive interview.
He also said the launch of VALORANT as a self-published game “has been well received by gamers in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.”
That’s when Riot knew it was “a good time to own the edition of League and TFT” in the sea.
“We would like to thank Riot and the League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics communities for their tremendous support and partnership in growing both games to the successes they are enjoying today in Southeast Asia and Taiwan,” said said Kevin Huang, League of Legends Regional Producer, Garena.
“We are honored to have worked with Riot over the past decade to create the best experiences possible for players, and wish the team much success in this next chapter.”
Garena publishing services will end on December 31, 2022.
Players are also encouraged to follow Riot news Lol and TFT social networks for more information on the migration and to stay informed of all future game news.
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