Riot Games is set to make another memorable opening ceremony happen as it prepares for the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) 2020 Final at the end of October.
Executive Producer Nick Troop teased fans about what Riot has in store for millions of its online viewers, including its limited-capacity live audience. Similar to Worlds 2018, Riot will once again utilize AR technology to bring virtual girl group K/DA to life at the Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai, China.
“And most exciting, we have a significant amount of augmented reality to bring KDA to life,” Said Troop.
Virtual K-pop group, K/DA, consisting of League of Legends champions Kai’Sa, Evelynn, Ahri, and Akali made their debut two years ago with the song Pop/Stars.
It became an instant hit not just among LoL players, but even throughout the K-pop and gaming community. Real-life artists Madison Beer, Jaira Burns, and (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon and Miyeon all shared the same stage to deliver a one-of-a-kind performance embedded into the hearts of esports fans.
K/DA are making their comeback on the Worlds stage this time with singer-songwriter Seraphine, who was recently revealed as LoL’s newest support champion.
Aside from K/DA’s appearance at Worlds, Troop also revealed the technology that they will be using in the stadium. Riot will be using humongous LED screens for the World’s 2020 Finals Opening Ceremony.
“We’ll have some of the largest LED screens that we’ve ever brought to a World final. There’s going to be a large gateway that’s over thirty two meters whole,” explained Troop.
Additionally, Troop also gave fans a brief behind-the-scenes tour of the Play-Ins, Groups, and Knockout Stage setups. For the past few years, Worlds has had a tradition of touring around the host city and holding each stage in a different location.
However, since the world has been struck with the COVID-19 pandemic, Riot is sticking on the safe side and holding the tournament in just one venue. To spice it up, the production team has been playing with mixed reality technology.
“So we wanted to do was develop a broadcast experience that would let us take the stage anywhere we wanted,” said Troop. For the Play-Ins we’ve seen the Worlds 2020 stage transform into earthy layers, the Groups took us high into the heavens, and the Knockout stage had fans swimming with a flooded China in the background.
How did Riot Games manage to pull off this unique esports stage illusion? Find out here with this behind-the-scenes look.