Get ready League of Legends fans, because the newest season of competitive play is set to begin. The 10th anniversary of League of Legends as an esports brand kicks off in 2020, with a year of competition sure to be fierce. January 10th will see the season begin in earnest. The launch follows the League 10th Anniversary Celebration, which will commemorate the past ten years of play for the MOBA. Various teams across the globe will be looking to take the crown this year. The teams have finished preseason training and recruiting, and are gearing up for the global series in one of the biggest esports titles on Earth.
This year will see a variety of teams from around the globe vying to top spots, and the wealth of prize money that winning entails. Korea, China, North America and a variety of other regions will all be represented by top tier teams. Invictus Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix will be pushing the Chinese dominance of 2018 into the new year. Various franchise teams from North America will also take part in the 2020 season, offering a stronger showing in esports of established teams and brands than years past.
Cloud9, Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses have all committed to fielding teams. Several other big names are also on the docket. Various sports organizations are also on board. 100 Thieves, an offshoot of the Cleveland Cavaliers brand, will be on the roster. The Golden Guardians, themselves an esports team from Cleveland’s San Francisco rival, will also field a team this year.
Although the new season of competitive play will see a new crop of players taking to the battlefield, it’s not the only thing that Riot Games has in store for the next year. Riot has been working on a variety of off-shoot projects this year. One of these games, League of Legends: Wild Rift, is the first major mobile outing for the franchise. This is joined by strategy-based card game Legends of Runeterra, and a fantasy esports app that’s also in the works.
Riot Games has also begun pushing Riot Forge, and indie-centric publishing arm of the company aimed at building the brand of their most successful titles through entirely new projects.