During this year’s League of Legends World Championship, the virtual K-pop group known as K/DA has made a comeback, much to the fans’ glee. Unlike the past years when K/DA only released singles, the group released a whole EP called ALL OUT this year, which contains five tracks.
To celebrate the EP’s launch, Riot Games has released a new merchandise line for the virtual group. The new League of Legends collection is currently available on the True Damage website, and it consists of apparel that is priced between $35-$65.
What makes these t-shirts and hoodies truly appealing to the fans is the fact that each has the images and signatures of the band members. Most of the hoodies, which come in different colors, are priced at $65.
However, there’s one white hoodie that’s only priced at $48, and the signatures of the different band members are emblazoned on the very front. It may have a simple design, but it looks pretty cool nonetheless.
The least expensive clothing items in the collection are t-shirts, and each one features a different member such as Ahri, Kai’Sa, and Akali.
— Riot Games Merch (@RiotGameMerch) November 21, 2020
So far, K/DA has had two augmented reality performances during the 2018 and 2020 World Championships, respectively.
Some fans didn’t like how the 2020 performance turned out though, saying that it was ruined by the bad lighting and the sub-par models. However, these negative comments haven’t demoralized the team over at Riot Games and they will continue to produce music for K/DA.
As a matter of fact, the virtual group plans on moving away from K-pop and towards “a more global pop sound” in their future songs.
Asides from this new K/DA merchandise line, Riot Games has previously collaborated with Nike and AAPE to launch two other collections inspired by League of Legends. In turn, the Prestige Edition skin of True Damage Yasuo was inspired by the AAPE collection.
These partnerships were made in order to coincide with the World Championship this year. (The Korean team, DAMWON Gaming, won the tournament this year.)
Last month, Riot Games officially released Seraphine in League of Legends’ roster of playable characters. Consequently, Seraphine being released in the game also meant her addition to K/DA, which already had existing members in the form of Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, and Kai’Sa.
That being said, the character didn’t receive the kind of reception that Riot Games probably wanted nor expected. Since Seraphine’s release, there have been various controversies and issues centered around her.
For instance, some dedicated fans have claimed that her kit is unoriginal, while others criticized Riot for Seraphine’s social media posts, saying that the company appropriates mental illness for commercial use.
In addition, there was one allegation that the champion was based on a real person without that person’s consent. Needless to say, Seraphine’s launch has been somewhat turbulent.
In any case, all five tracks from K/DA’s ALL OUT EP is currently available on major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. It consists of the usual artists that voice the members, namely Jaira Burns, Miyeon and Soyeon from (G)I-DLE, as well as Madison Beer.