Riot Video games’ League of Legends, Valorant, Teamfight Techniques, and Legends of Runeterra at the moment are accessible to obtain from the Epic Video games Retailer, the 2 corporations introduced Thursday. They’re free to obtain and play, similar to they’re from Riot. Whenever you get them from the Epic Video games Retailer, your pc will set up the Riot Consumer, Riot’s new unified launcher, which is the place you may really set up and launch the person video games.
This isn’t the primary time Epic has supplied a option to get one other firm’s launcher; you’ve been capable of obtain the Itch.io launcher from the Epic Video games Retailer since April. Epic’s willingness to incorporate apps with different launchers is in keeping with CEO Tim Sweeney’s long-standing assist for extra open app distribution fashions. It’s one thing Sweeney instantly emailed Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner to advocate for on iOS, and Epic can also be locked in authorized battles with Apple and Google after it added a direct cost system to Fortnite in violation of the 2 corporations’ guidelines.
Including Riot titles brings video games within the massively widespread League of Legends franchise to the Epic Video games Retailer, and so they may see an added enhance by being accessible on Epic’s platform. However I’m not kidding once I say the League franchise is already large: Riot shared this week that 180 million gamers performed video games set within the League of Legends universe simply in October.
That quantity isn’t precisely what it appears, as Riot is together with the cell hit League of Legends: Wild Rift and counting a single one who performs two of its video games as two separate gamers, in keeping with PC Gamer. It’s nonetheless a huge variety of gamers, although, and Riot is making an enormous push to develop that quantity much more.
Epic and Riot teamed up on a Fortnite pores and skin for the League of Legends character Jinx, which will likely be accessible from the sport’s merchandise store on Thursday. And the Fortnite pores and skin and the Riot titles on the Epic Video games Retailer arrive forward of Arcane, the League of Legends TV present premiering November sixth on Netflix.