League of Legends and Valorant developer Riot Games has revealed a new license-free music service for its community of content creators. LoL is still one of the most popular games in the world today. Millions of players, content creators, and fans make up the large (and sometimes toxic) community. Today, Riot introduced a new music collection for creators called Sessions on the new Riot Games Music Twitter account. The service allows creators to use music curated by the LoL music team in collaboration with musicians for videos and game streams. One playlist, titled “Sessions: Vi,” is available for download or streaming through Spotify, YouTube, YouTube Music, and more.
Riot’s musical productions are hailed as some of the best in the gaming industry. After years of developing tracks for its bevy of champions in LoL, the company has since expanded to developing themes surrounding in-game and real-world events. The League of Legends music team has also collaborated with popular rappers, bands, vocalists, K-Pop artists, and more. These collabs created K/DA, Pentakill, and True Damage, in-game music groups, made up of LoL champions. K/DA and True Damage, two of Riot’s most popular acts, has obtained major success in mainstream media. The single “Popstars” by K/DA has nearly half a billion views as of this writing. Its debut in 2018 netted the digital K-Pop group the No.1 spot in the digital sales chart. The group most recently dropped its “ALL OUT” album in 2020, which topped the sales chart again with two singles.
Creators; this is for you, because of all you do.
Introducing #Sessions, a collection of music completely free to use in your content. Experience our first drop Sessions: Vi now. ✨
— Riot Games Music (@riotgamesmusic) July 2, 2021
Riot landed itself in hot water after the release of the champion Seraphine. Fans of the game were upset when it was revealed that Seraphine would join the game with the first Ultimate skin since 2016’s Elementalist Lux, costing $20 to use. Additionally, Seraphine had two additional skins based on her pop star aspirations to join K/DA on Twitter. The worst part of the situation came from the reveal of Seraphine’s abilities, which work almost identical to other music-based support champions Sona. Coupling this bad press with the fact that Seraphine’s K/DA aspirations don’t fall in line with the game’s lore at all made fans livid that the character was even implemented. Hopefully, Riot has learned from this debacle and will not use Sessions to try and boost sales for an anime-style champion again.