The relationship between Riot Games and Chinese company Tencent is in hot water, according to a report from The Information.
Tencent owns Riot Games, the maker of blockbuster ‘League of Legends.’ But relations between the two companies have been challenging. Latest story with @waynema. https://t.co/Cfex31Wrvi via @theinformation— Juro Osawa (@JuroOsawa) August 13, 2018
The rocky relationship between League of Legends developer Riot Games and Tencent began as early as 2014, The Information reported. "
Later on, Tencent, who released mobile games like PLAYERSUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS and Fortnite: Battle Royale in China, approached Riot Games with the idea to create a mobile version of League of Legends but Riot declined. Tencent then proceeded to create its own mobile game called Arena of Valor.
A few Riot employees saw early screenshots of Tencent's game and felt it was a rip-off of League of Legends. They brought their concerns to Tencent, who responded by altering its game enough where it would have no relation to League of Legends. The game's popularity soared and Riot Games was not happy with Arena of Valor's success, according to the report.
The supposed declining popularity of League of Legends and its player base also helped push Tencent's focus onto more profitable and in-demand games like PUBG, Fortnite, and upcoming Fortnite esports.
Riot Games gave a statement to Dot Esports, claiming the opposite of the report.
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