Netflix and Riot Games are teaming up for an animated series set in the League of Legends universe.
Arcane, billed as an event series and set to premiere in the fall, will tell the origin stories of two iconic League champions and the power that eventually tears them apart. The show is Riot Games’ first TV series; the game maker is producing with Fortiche Productions. Netflix announced the project via tweet on Monday.
“League of Legends has inspired global fervor and fandom and we’re thrilled to be the home of the first television series set in this universe, Arcane,” said Dominique Bazay, director of original animation at Netflix. “The series promises to be a visually spectacular thrill ride that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.”
Added Shauna Spenley, global president of Entertainment at Riot Games: “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends. Netflix, with its incredible global brand and shared goal of delivering premium, high-quality content, is the perfect partner to help us bring Arcane to players around the globe.”
Released in 2009, League of Legends has tens of millions of active users; the free-to-play game also generated $1.75 billion in 2020, according to Nielsen’s SuperData. The game is also one of the most popular esports titles in the world.