LoL Worlds 2020 gets an official song: “Take Over”


Riot Music Team

League of Legends excels in a number of areas. The Riot Games title is, for example, the most popular PC game in the world, according to TEO PC Games Impact Index. Last year’s edition of the LoL Worlds was named best ESports event at the 2019 Game Awards.

Apparently not content with dominating the ESports scene, however, LoL has made a move into music production. In August, we told you that Universal Music assembled a team of 14 tunesmiths for a songwriting camp in Shanghai. The goal was to create a soundtyrack for the 2020 League of Legends World Championships. The LoL Worlds take place September 25 to October 31 in Shanghai at Pudong Soccer Stadium.

Last week, fans got to hear the tournament’s official orchestral theme:

Alex Seaver and Carl Scruby!

Today we get to hear the official song. Titled “Take Over”, the track features vocals from A Day to Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon, American singer MAX, and Canadian artist Henry Lau. The Riot Music Team produced the track and cowrote it with Alex Seaver of Mako and Cal Scruby.

And no, I don’t know who Alex Seaver and Carl Scruby are either.

If you think you might enjoy a slickly produced dubstep-leaning anthem that will make you pump your fist while it’s playing (and then instantly forget once it’s over), check it out below:

Virtual supergroup

If “Take Over” is too convincing a simulation of actual pop music for your tastes, you might prefer “The Baddest”. Another product of the Riot Music Team, the song features K/DA. For the uninitiated, K/DA is a “virtual music supergroup” featuring LoL characters Ahri, Evelynn, Akali, and Kai’Sa.

In real life, though, the vocals are by The X Factor alum Bea Miller and Wolftyla, along with  (G)I-dle members Miyeon and Soyeon.

“Gonna break rules and hearts in twos,” they sing. “‘Cause that’s what the baddest do.”

Maybe so, but that’s also what people who get kicked out of major tournaments do. The rule-breaking part, I mean. Breaking hearts is just bad karma.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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