K-pop sensation NewJeans took center stage at the League of Legends Worlds 2023 opening ceremony with their dynamic live performance.

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Featuring their collaborative track with Riot Games, “Gods,” the group’s debut on the LoL stage at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, showcased the talents of all five members — Danielle, Hanni, Haerin, Hyein, and Minji.

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“Gods” is this season’s esports anthem, with its music video focusing on Worlds 2022 champion Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, starting from how he discovered League of Legends in high school and leading up to his incredible victory at last year’s Worlds. The song was written by Riot Games principal composer Sebastien Najand and Alex Seaver of Mako

NewJeans devours Worlds 2023 opening ceremony stage with powerful “Gods” performance

The K-pop sensation made a bold entrance, exuding confidence with fierce expressions that captivated esports fans. Their attire and headgear seemed to draw inspiration from the Divine Sword Irelia skin of the Immortal Journey line.

For the first time, fans were treated to a live performance of the theme song accompanied by a mesmerizing dance choreography.

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As the performance reached its climax, a colossal Mordekaiser materialized in the audience area, courtesy of augmented reality technology. The focus then shifted to a Riot Games actor, wielding Leona’s shield, while NewJeans continued to sing and dance behind him.

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The performance concluded with a clash between AR animations of Leona and Mordekaiser, culminating in Leona’s victory.

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The grand finale of the opening ceremony featured NewJeans dancing to the anthem’s instrumental part, setting the stage for the introduction of the finals teams T1 and Weibo Gaming.

Watch NewJeans’ full Worlds 2023 performance below:

NewJeans, comprising members Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin, and Hyein, debuted on July 22, 2022, as the first group from ADOR, an independent label under HYBE led by Hee Jin Min.

NewJeans on stage at the League of Legends World Championship 2023 Media Day on November 15, 2023 in Seoul, South Korea.
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The group is known for their hit singles “Attention,” “Hype Boy,” “OMG,” and “Super Shy.”

They teamed up with Riot Games this year to perform “Gods,” the anthem for this year’s World Championship (Worlds 2023).

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