Thursday, 8 Jun 2023

League of Legends Superstar Faker Stars In Korean Wild Rift Ad

League of Legends legend Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has been featured in a Korean advertisement for the game’s upcoming mobile port, Wild Rift. The mobile game has been in a closed beta since September, restricted only to the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. The closed beta expanded to include South Korea and Japan earlier this month.

The commercial opens with a young man playing League of Legends: Wild Rift on a bench while a bus pulls up in front of him. The bus, which has the League of Legends logo on the back, opens to show esports superstar Faker in the driver’s seat. According to the translation provided by Moba Play, the account that uploaded the ad to YouTube, Faker asks if you want to “get on the bus.” They explain that the phrase is Korean slang, and Faker is actually asking if you want to get carried by him.

The ad later shows people boarding the bus and swiping their mobile devices against a scanner, which reads their in-game rank out loud. Each passenger boards with ease, with no one making a fuss over their ranks. That is, until retired League of Legends jungler and current LCK commentator Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo scans his rank, which according to translations reads out as “challenger.” The camera then shows CloudTemplar winking at Faker, who has now been joined by his T1 teammate Park “Teddy” Jin-seong.

League of Legends: Wild Rift is a mobile version of the extremely popular PC-only MOBA, League of Legends. The game’s closed beta is now available in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan for invited players only. The beta will open to all players in the previously specified regions, as well as players in Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Timor-Leste, on October 27th.

The game will be available on both iOS and Android devices once the beta opens. Wild Rift requires a device with a 4-core, 1.5Ghz CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 1280×720 resolution. 

Riot Games is planning to open the game to players in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, North Africa, Vietnam, Oceania, Taiwan, and Turkey some time in December. The Americas will not receive game support until Spring of 2021.

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