Valorant is the latest big shooter to get a mobile spin-off


Riot brings its tactical shooter Appreciate to mobile devices. There aren’t many details yet — like when it’ll launch, what hardware, or how it’ll differ from the main game — but Riot says the new version will just be called Valorant Mobile.

The developer claims that the PC version of the game, which launched last year, currently has an average of 14 million monthly players. Valorant is also coming off its biggest competitive tournament to date, with an event in Iceland, and Riot says more than 1 million simultaneous viewers tuned in for the final on May 31.

The news shouldn’t be too surprising. Earlier this year, Riot took a similar step with League of Legends, the launch of a mobile-focused spin-off called wild canyon. Meanwhile, some of the most popular shooters in the world have also moved to smartphones; PUBG mobile and Call of Duty mobile are both huge hits, and a smartphone iteration of Apex Legends is also on its way.

It also sounds like Riot wants to expand Appreciate in other ways. Without going into details, aside from the mobile version, the developer says it is “preparing to expand the franchise to Appreciate to more players around the world.” Again, this would be the following: League of Legends playbook, which has currently expanded to include everything from comic books to digital card games to an upcoming animated series on Netflix.