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Netflix joins League of Legends

Based on Riot Games' multiplayer video game phenom, animated fantasy series Arcane is being produced in partnership with Parisian studio Fortiche.
May 4, 2021

Netflix is stepping into the League of Legends battle arena with Arcane, its upcoming CG-animated series adaptation of Riot Games’ popular gaming franchise.

Set in the same utopian universe as the multiplayer game, Arcane (pictured) tells the origin story of two sibling League champions who have become rivals. Like the game, the series will target older kids (14-plus), and it marks LA-based Riot Games’ first foray into TV content.

Riot is developing and producing the show in house in partnership with Paris-based 3D animation studio Fortiche Productions. And Netflix will lend a hand on the creative development.

Arcane is on track to start streaming globally on Netflix this fall, but details about the show’s format and creative team have not been revealed. Netflix’s director of original animation, Dominque Bazay, was responsible for the deal.

Since launching in 2009, League of Legends has become a global phenomenon for Riot Games. Video content of the game has racked up more than 14 billion views globally on various platforms. And despite its higher age target, League has also been a big success with kids, especially in the eSports world. Last September, Canadian toyco Spin Master partnered with Riot to launch a range of League of Legends toys at retail this fall.

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Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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