Riot Games has unveiled “Gods,” the official anthem for the 2023 League of Legends World Championship, featuring NewJeans. This release marks a significant milestone as it is the first time a K-pop group has performed the anthem for the prestigious esports tournament. Additionally, “Gods” commemorates the 10th anniversary of anthems created for the annual League of Legends World Championship.
According to a press release, the music video for “Gods” follows the journey of Korean professional player Kim ‘Deft’ Hyuk-kyu. The video narrates his introduction to League of Legends during high school and his remarkable journey at the 2022 Worlds alongside his team, who defied all odds to become World Champions.
“Gods,” performed by NewJeans, was composed by Sebastien Najand, Riot Games’ principal composer, in collaboration with Alex Seaver from Mako. The song was initially announced in September, with the girl group teasing it as “a new experience for all of us.”
Members of NewJeans expressed their excitement about experimenting with a new genre and sound, stating, “Through this collaboration, we are happy to present a song that incorporates both NewJeans’ and League of Legends’ unique colors. We hope it brings you a new sense of empowerment.”
In related K-pop news, Hyein, a member of NewJeans, recently released a cover of “Slow Dancing” by V, a labelmate at HYBE and a member of the K-pop sensation BTS. The singer shared her feelings about the song, noting that it made her “a little sad.”
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK member Jennie has announced her upcoming single titled “You & Me.” This announcement comes after Jennie performed “You & Me” multiple times during BLACKPINK’s “Born Pink” world tour.