Even so, the game has become the world's highest grossing multiplayer online battle arena game.
It would certainly be in parent company Tencent's interest as well.
China's Tencent Holdings Ltd is working with its US 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.
According to Reuters' coverage, the two companies have been working on this project for over a year, though there has been some tension between the two that stems from Tencent bringing its own MOBA Arena of Valor to the West a few years ago.
That seems set to change though, as Reuters report that Riot Games and Tencent Holdings are allegedly developing a mobile version of the title, marking a drastic shift in opinion from the developers.
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When could League of Legends Mobile release?
Here's what we know about the League of Legends mobile version so far.
Given the success of the mobile version of popular desktop games like PUBG and Fortnite, it shouldn't come as a surprise for other games to tap into the smartphone gaming audience.
"League of Legends is like the World Cup whereas Honour of Kings is just the Asia Cup", one of the sources said. According to a recent report from Reuters, the Chinese publisher is working with developer Riot Games to create the new game. "Mobile games accounted for 57% of videogame revenue in China in 2018", reads the article.
While that would suggest that League of Legends mobile is well into the development cycle, they state that it's unlikely that the game will be released in 2019, and will probably not be seen until 2020 at the earliest.