Riot Games’ League of Legends: Wild Rift mobile game has received game approval from China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), alongside other 32 games, including Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase mobile title Diablo Immortal, and Nintendo Switch’s Super Mario Party.
Normally, the waiting period for receiving a game approval by the Chinese government is long and likely to fail the process, especially games developed by game publishers outside of China. For example, Psyonix Studios’ Rocket League received game approval after a two-year beta period. In addition, until today, the 2018 iconic esports title Players Unknown Battleground (PUBG) has not received game approval yet from the Chinese government.
It should be noted that Tencent Holdings, the owner of Riot Games, is both publishing and operating representatives of the game, according to the reveal that NPPA posted on its official website.
Government approval is one of the most important factors to develop the game’s esports ecosystem in China. On the one hand, the game publisher can not monetize the game without game approval. On the other hand, it’s a direct positive signal for Chinese esports organizations to develop the related divisions. A few hours after NPPA made its announcement, Chinese esports organization Royal Never Give-Up (RNG) posted on Weibo for recruiting Wild Rift players. In addition, the Wild Rift official Weibo also announced today that the game has opened the appointment service for the China server.
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