K-Pop group NewJeans headlines LoL Worlds 2023 anthem

Declan Mclaughlin
Worlds 2022 pre-showColin Young-Wolff/Riot Games

K-Pop group NewJeans has been confirmed to be headlining the League of Legends Worlds 2023 anthem with a song called “Gods”.

The League of Legends World Championship anthem title, artist and release date have been leaked early. The music industry publication CelebrityAccess published an article about the Worlds 2023 song and has since deleted the story.

However, social media users took screenshots of the story and have already begun spreading the news online.

According to those photos, the artist for this year’s anthem is K-Pop group NewJeans and it is titled “Gods.” The story also says the song will be available to stream on YouTube and other platforms starting on October 4, 2023.

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“Is this real??!” One social media user said while posting the news.

LoL Worlds 2023 anthem sung by NewJeans

The photos of the story seem to suggest that the story was written from a press release because it includes a joint statement from the members of NewJeans about the song and information about the tournament.

Riot Games has collaborated with big musical acts in the past for its world championship tournaments including Imagine Dragons, Grabbitz and, most recently, Lil Nas X.

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The supposed early release of the announcement has been met with excitement from fans as the crossover of LoL esports fans and K-Pop fans is decently high.

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“Riot hit their target audience on the god damn head and I am so excited for this,” one social media user said.

“Screaming, crying, puking,” another user said.

NewJeans has since been confirmed as the artist behind the World’s anthem by Riot themselves, with the song set to release on October 4, 2023.

The timeline for the release of the anthem also lines up with the World Championship schedule. The first portion of the event, The Worlds Qualifying Series between Team BDS and Golden Guardians, is set to start on October 9 with the play-in stage and main event following right after.

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Based in Indiana, Declan McLaughlin is an esports reporter for Dexerto Esports covering Valorant, LoL and anything else that pops up. Previously an editor and reporter at Upcomer, Declan is often found reading investigative stories or trying to do investigations himself. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University. You can contact him at declan.mclaughlin@dexerto.com.