China’s Tencent Is Making An Anime About Esports

China’s Tencent Is Making An Anime About Esports

Visual novels about the lives of professional gamers have been pretty good in the past, so why not try an anime?

Tencent, the gargantuan Chinese conglomerate that owns Riot Games, the majority of Clash Royale makers Supercell, the majority of Epic Games, as well as minority stakes in Activision Blizzard and the makers of the Orcs Must Die! series, is jointly producing an anime about — surprise — professional video games.

It’s an adaptation of a Chinese internet novel from 2012, which depicted the lives of several professional video gamers and the trials and tribulations within. The current English translation is The King’s Avatar, and is working with Tencent on the series.

According to an English fan translation, the series focuses on professional player Ye Xiu and his life in a game called “Glory”. The series runs for 1728 chapters over seven volumes.

It’s set for release next year, and it’ll be made available via various Chinese streaming websites. There’s no word on whether it’s getting a Western release, but we’ll keep an eye on it as we get closer to the date.


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