League of Legends European Championship partners with Kia Motors - Dexerto
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League of Legends European Championship partners with Kia Motors

Published: 11/Jan/2019 12:30 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 12:51

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) has partnered with KIA Motors.

Kia will be the “official automotive sponsor” of the league, and will present the Play of the Game segment of the broadcast as well as offer on-site activities for fans attending the league’s offline games.

The partnership is the first step into esports for Kia, who become the latest motor company to explore the industry following the likes of Toyota and Audi.

As part of the partnership, KIA will also be producing digital content around the league, including a six-video series with legendary European team Fnatic, who are coming off of a victory in the 2018 Summer Split and a historic finals appearance at the World Championship. The series will debut on Dexerto and DBLTAP on February 1.

“We’re very excited to be working with Kia to help activate their sponsorship of the LEC by using our experience of working with global non-endemic brands to connect Kia directly with the thriving League of Legends fanbase in Europe,” said Mike Murphy O’Reilly, Director of Esports at DBLTap, “We look forward to working with Fnatic following their hugely successful 2018 campaign to help bring some truly original content in 5 languages across DBLTAP.com and our partner Dexerto”

The partnership was announced with a video which saw a sharply-dressed Trevor ‘Quickshot’ Henry jump into a Kia and drive around Berlin to collect the LEC casting team, who were found doing activities ranging from getting tattoos to performing surgery.

The LEC is heading into its first season after a move to franchising, which follows an immensely successful international showing for Europe’s teams in 2018. The Spring Split will kick off on January 18.

You can keep up-to-date on all of the LEC roster moves here.

Cosplay

League cosplayer comes out from the shadows as amazing Akali

Published: 23/Oct/2020 8:05

by Andrew Amos

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Ever seen a League of Legends cosplay so good that Riot can’t help but share it with the world? Well, now you have, with Sweet Angel’s take on Akali taking League players by storm.

Akali is one of League of Legends’ most popular characters to cosplay. Whether it be her default skin, or the mega-popular K/DA variant, people love to show off as the Ionian assassin.

However, few manage to grab the eyes of Riot as much as Sweet Angel. The talented Italian cosplayer decided to take on Akali as her most recent project, and while the costume looks simple, it was anything but.

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Akali is one of the most popular League champions to cosplay, but few catch the eyes of Riot.

“I thought it was a simple costume, but it required a lot more attention and time than I thought,” she told fans on her website.

It took Sweet Angel about 100 hours all up to create the Akali cosplay ⁠— and you can see every bit of hard work and time that went into it. From the handmade wig, to the dress, and even Akali’s smoke bombs, Sweet Angel didn’t miss a beat.

Everything that you see was basically handmade. Sweet Angel sewed all of the fabrics together, stitched everything up, and made it tailored not only to herself, but true to life to Akali’s design.

She even designed Akali’s signature Kana, using EVA foam so she can carry it around without too much hassle.

She added every detail to the weapon like she did the costume too, from the leather handle all the way down to the marks and blemishes on the battle-worn blade.

The cosplay is so good that even the official League of Legends account couldn’t help but react. Sweet Angel got a retweet on the cosplay from the near five million follower account, and they don’t hand those out lightly.

As for her next cosplay, Sweet Angel hasn’t revealed her plans just yet. However, she’s got a few more shoots on the way, and if they’re anything like this Akali cosplay, they’ll be worth a gander.