Fans have been desperately looking for an official League of Legends Esports Manager sim from Riot Games for quite some time.
Riot Games unveiled a new game in development called LoL Esports Manager in 2019, which will allow competitive League of Legends players to create their own top-tier esports organization. Two years later, at the LPL’s tenth-anniversary celebrations today, the fans finally received further details about the project.
LoL Esports Manager‘s global producer Kate Han showcased more of the game and its features in the video, including how fans will be able to play out matches with their custom teams. For example, during in-game matches, the team has built an AI simulation engine that would simulate scenarios based on real-life League match data from the pro scene.
“League of Legends has many fans who love it, and we hope to tailor a game for esports fans that they’ll love,” Han stated in the video while showing off several in-game cards with pro players on them. “[It should allow] fans to experience the feeling of leading the dream team to victory as a manager.”
Throughout the clip, fans can see different well-known pro players and their current ratings on their cards, such as Royal Never Give Up’s renowned top laner Xiaohu, who has an 88 rating, and TOP Esports’ youthful fiery AD carry JackeyLove, who has an 84 rating. The card also includes levels and a star rating, although the video revealed by Riot did not go into detail about these features.
This new title from Riot Games is almost certainly a gatcha game, which explains why certain players have a star rating associated with them. Many other games with this feature, such as Genshin Impact, require players to roll for specific powerful characters using in-game currency or actual money. They also vary in rarity, which means that superstar players will almost certainly be difficult to roll for.
The game’s original release date was planned for 2020, however, Riot Games delayed the title’s release. This new teaser did not include a release date, so fans may discover more about it in the near future.