League of Legends is one of the most popular esports titles on the scene, but Riot aren’t stopping there.
The emerging Auto Battler genre has been gaining traction and popularity over recent months and Riot’s announcement to introduce and nurture a Teamfight Tactics pro scene in 2020 has only added fuel to that fire.
Richard “Maple Nectar” Henkel, the Product Lead for TFT, updated fans this week, explaining that a competitive scene will be introduced in 2020.
“The hunger is definitely there—the proportion of ranked to normal games of TFT is 4:1, and the mode is incredibly resonant in some of our most competitive regions like Korea. We want to provide an experience worthy of the players that have dedicated themselves to being the best in the world.”
With TFT updates hitting the platform near weekly, Riot’s balancing team are working hard to normalize the RNG and team composition balancing that plague Auto Battlers as a genre.
Asia’s involvement in League of Legends has been a core driving factor for Riot’s great success. From the same post, Maple Nectar outlined that play time in the Chinese market increased over 35% after the launch of the TeamFight Tactics game mode.
The region with the most League players and game hours is China (by far). This region saw a 35% growth in total game hours after launch, which still holds true months later.
At the time of writing, the most viewed streamers on Twitch for TFT are majoritively from the European region. This culmination of talent from across the globe will create an extensive talent pool and with rosters comprising of a single player we’ll see rosters quickly pick up influencers and streamers to secure their hold on the scene.
It’s exciting times for the TFT community, and we’re excited to see how quickly to professional side grows.
As the Riot continue to update fans on the implementation of a pro TFT scene and teams start to pick up rosters, we’ll continue to report on it’s evolution. As this continues betting sites we’ll also begin picking up the matches and offered markets to compare.