The lovable Yordle Teemo from League of Legends may be getting his own, standalone game by Riot Games, according to a new rumor.
The rumor stems from a found listing on a Chinese website, first spread through twitter by Niko Partners Analyst Daniel "ZhugeEX" Ahmad. Ahmad, a well respected source who focuses on the East-Asian Game Market, noted that the game, titled Teemo's Adventure, has been approved by the Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association of China for release - the equivalent of the ESRB giving a game a rating before it was announced.
According to the rumors by Ahmad and other sources, the listing for Teemo's Adventure is coming directly from Riot Games and their parent company, Tencent Holding. Tencent is one of the leading Chinese gaming and social media companies in the country, owning hundreds of subsidiaries in numerous ventures including gaming, social media, telecommunications, and robotics. In 2017, Tencent launched their own gaming division, Tencent Games, with Riot as their primary subsidiary. Tencent also owns minority and majority stakes in several gaming and mobile companies, including Epic Games, Glu, and Super Cell, and is also well known for the launch of WeGame, an international gaming platform that is set up to rival PC platforms such as Steam and GOG Galaxy.
The Publishing Association, which is controlled by the Chinese government, must pre-approve all video games that are to be released in the country, from mobile titles to console and PC games. The tight restrictions mostly focus on blocking games that go against the "core socialist and cultural values" of the country. Many major and popular titles, such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, have been banned from the country due to not meeting that criteria.
There is currently no further information regarding Teemo's Adventure, but it is likely Tencent will publish the rumored PC title on their WeGame platform.
We reached out to Riot Games for a comment, but have yet to hear back from them at the time of this posting. We shall update the news story accordingly if this changes.
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