TheGamingEconomy Daily Digest brings you the trending business stories in gaming. In today’s edition: Esports Giant Riot Reveals Slate of New Products, Paradox pulls Stellaris: Galaxy Command Over ‘Stolen’ Assets; Google Stadia Gets Exact Release Date; Coming November 19th
Riot Games Debuts New Games and Other Media
Riot Games, the studio behind the esports giant that is League of Legends, has used the tenth anniversary of its leading game to reveal six new titles, as well as a number of additional projects.
That is notable as – over its 13-year history – the studio has essentially focused on one release. Aside from League of Legends – or ‘League’ – the studio has released a board game, a handful of minigames, and spin out modes from its lead title. But the presence and success of League of Legends means that its coming games could have a major impact on the esports and broader gaming landscape.
Five of the six new games are to be based on the League of Legends universe, while the sixth will be a new IP. As reported by The Verge, League of Legends: Wild Rift will offer a mobile and console version of League of Legends, while a card game named Legends of Runeterra, a fighting game code-named ‘Project L’, and the original IP ‘Project A’ – a tactical shooter – are all in development. It appears that esports’ big names such as Hearthstone, Street Fighter V and Overwatch may all soon have League-based rivals to contend with.
Riot also confirmed that League autobattler mode Teamfight Tactics is also heading to mobile. Elsewhere, Riot is working on animated TV show Arcade, which is set in the League universe, and a new documentary about the game that has released immediately.
Paradox pulls Stellaris: Galaxy Command Over ‘Stolen’ Assets
Paradox has pulled its mobile game Stellaris: Galaxy Command after apparent misuse of art assets from the popular Microsoft flagship Halo series of video games.
Stellaris: Galaxy Command players.
We have an important statement for you, regarding the current suspension of our game's servers. pic.twitter.com/F8Way6ar9a
— Stellaris: Galaxy Command (@StellarisMobile) October 15, 2019
“This was a clear mistake on our part, and we are working to fix it as quickly as we can,” the statement reads. “We trust Gamebear to make things right for Galaxy Command and we will work closely with them to ensure this game meets the high standards our players deserve.”
As noted by GamesIndustry.biz, the game is only published by Paradox, and has been created by Hong Kong studio Gamebear.
Google Stadia Gets Exact Release Date; Coming November 19th
After teasing the platform for some time, Google’s ambitious cloud gaming platform Stadia was given a precise release date at the recent Made by Google event.
Google’s SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh confirmed the launch day will be November 19th this year.