The League of Legends World Championship 2018 wrapped up yesterday with Invictus Gaming taking down Fnatic to win the Summoner’s Cup. Unfortunately, the Finals matchup wasn’t all that entertaining and in the wake of the tournament, it seems the only thing any League of Legends fan is talking about is a new song associated with the game.
Yes, Riot Games has once again collaborated with another group to put out a new song associated with League of Legends. This latest song, called POP/STAR, debuted during the opening ceremony of Worlds’ Finals yesterday in a live performance by the group, KD/A. The unique thing about KD/A though is that they aren’t comprised of real people.
League of Legends champions Akali, Ahri, Kai’Sa, and Evelynn make up KD/A and their own digital avatars performed POP/STAR on stage at Korea. This isn’t the first time that Riot has used these digital character models at Worlds’ Finals and in 2017 re-created an Elder Dragon from League of Legends that flew around the arena. In addition to these digital versions of the characters performing on stage, the real-life vocalists (Madison Beer, Miyeon and Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, and Jaira Burns) were also present for the showing.
After the performance and debut of POP/STAR during Worlds, Riot Games then released the character skins that each champion was wearing from the live performance so that players could purchase and wear them in-game. Let’s just say that so far, they’re selling like hotcakes. Some folks reported that the storefront in the League of Legends client was experiencing major issues when the new skins became available due to the sheer number of people that were trying to buy them at once.
Basically, Riot hasn’t just once again created another song that fans will be bumping for the coming months and years, but by crossing it over with an actual purchasable item in-game, they’ve ensured that they’ll likely make millions off of this one series of skins alone. Each skin costs about $10 each, which isn’t cheap by any means. That said, I do have to say that these are some of the more detailed and cool skins that Riot has released in some time so if players are going to blow their money on these, I don’t blame them.
There’s a new animated music video for POP/STAR also attached below which was also released recently. As of this writing, it is all the way up to #12 on YouTube’s trending page. In case you didn’t know, people like this League game.