In a move that helps solidify Microsoft's attempt at being taken seriously by PC gamers, the company is partnering with Tencent to bring popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game League of Legends (LoL) to the Windows 10 store. This was announced on the company's blog.
"Tencent, the leading social networking and gaming services company in China, announced it will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to its customers on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in China, and include QQ, Tencent Video and Tencent PC Manager in the Windows 10 free upgrade pack. Tencent will create a Windows 10 universal app for their flagship QQ app, which has over 800 million customers in China, and bring their most popular PC games, such as League of Legends, Cross Fire and Dungeon & Fighter to Windows 10 and the new Windows store," the blog post reads.
Windows 8 never released in China and LoL is one of the most popular if not the most popular game in China. It makes perfect sense for the company to partner Tencent in an attempt to gain traction.
Along with LoL, the ability to promote Minecraft (Microsoft last year acquired Mojang, the studio responsible for it) on the same platform is a pretty big deal. Will these two be able to buoy an ecosystem that faces a stiff challenge in the face of Steam? It remains to be seen but it's nice to see the Redmond-based company put up a fight.