Riot Gamesdeveloper of the video game, has announced that the League of Legends Worlds anthem will be performed by K-pop group NewJeans.. The new anthem, called “GODS”will be released on October 3 at 10 pm PT. This year’s World Cup is being held in South Korea, and the finals will take place in the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoulthe largest venue in the country.
Riot Games is known for its great music collaborations to promote its upcoming global esports events. NewJeans joins Lil Nas X, Zedd and Imagine Dragonsprevious artists who have participated in the League of Legends world anthem.
Formed in 2022, NewJeans is an emerging K-pop group. which is part of major record label and entertainment company HYBEwhich is home to other well-known K-pop artists such as BTS. Despite being active for just over a year, the group has charted on the US Billboard album charts and was fifteenth on the official UK album charts.
The music video will follow the story of Korean professional gambler Kim ‘Deft’ Hyuk-kyudetailing his journey from high school to winning the Worlds 2022. The new song has been written by Sebastien Najand, principal composer at Riot Games, and Alex Seaver of Mako. The duo has collaborated on the composition of previous anthems such as. “Legends Never Die” and “RISE.”as well as several songs from the Arcane soundtrackthe popular animated TV series by Riot Games.
The Worlds Anthem is the rallying cry of our community every year, and we are so excited to partner with NewJeans to deliver this incredible moment. Between the Worlds celebration in Korea and the meteoric rise of NewJeans, this collaboration seemed predestined to be a true cultural celebration. GODS’ juxtaposes epic and intense production elements with the beautiful and powerful vocals of NewJeans, conveying both the toughness and glory that awaits our players at Worlds.
Carrie Dunn, Global Creative Director of Esports at Riot Games
It’s not the first time Riot Games turns to K-pop. Last year, together with Lil Nas X, Jackson Wang of K-pop group GOT7performed at the Worlds in North America. In addition, the company created its own virtual K-pop group called K/DA in 2018, the last year the World Cup was held in Korea.