Once once more Riot has turned the opening ceremonies of the League of Legends World Championship remaining right into a technological showcase. This 12 months at Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai, the ceremony was break up into a number of totally different elements: it opened with digital Okay-pop group Okay/DA carried out by way of augmented actuality, which was adopted by a melody of anthems from previous Worlds occasions. At the finish, as the gamers have been launched, a digital, towering model of League character Galio — generally known as the stone colossus — appeared on stage.
While the occasion wasn’t as visually spectacular as final 12 months’s holographic showcase, it was nonetheless a formidable feat contemplating the restraints created by the ongoing pandemic. The foremost solid of performers have been digital, however they have been accompanied by a number of dozen real-world dancers and musicians, together with Chinese pop star Lexie Liu. (There was additionally a very cyberpunk-looking AR Ducati bike that helped kick issues off.)
Perhaps the most noticeable function, particularly compared to different esports occasions in 2020, was the presence of followers: round 6,000 folks have been in attendance to observe Korea’s Damwon Gaming defeat Suning Gaming of China in the championship match. Later on, after the video games truly began, Riot additionally introduced a launch window for the first League spinoff, which launches subsequent 12 months.
Ahead of the finals, the early levels of this 12 months’s version of Worlds appeared a bit totally different resulting from the pandemic. Prior to the finals, the month-long event was performed out of a high-tech studio in Shanghai, one that utilized an Unreal Engine-powered backdrop to create some astonishing combined actuality results. The know-how was just like what Disney used to create The Mandalorian.
These sorts of spectacles have gotten the norm for Riot. At final 12 months’s Worlds in Paris, a holographic hip-hop group carried out (with an help from Louis Vuitton), whereas the 12 months earlier than Okay/DA debuted by way of an augmented actuality concert in Incheon. There’s additionally extra to come back from the digital Okay-pop group. Okay/DA can be releasing its first EP on November sixth, and simply this week Riot launched an animated video for the single “More.”