Riot Games confirmed new in-game canon couples will focus on LGBQ Society. Will this really happen? How will this affect the Summoner’s Rift.
League of Legends shows that it supports players whoever they are. And now, Riot Games is clearly focusing its attention on the LGBTQ+ Society. Previously, the giant game developer released some events to celebrate Pride month.
And now, Riot Games confirmed that it will release more in-game canon that will focus on LGBTQ+ Society. The video game industry, especially League of Legends, has made tremendous strides in trying to become a more inclusive place for everyone. People are now slowly seeing more and more stories being told featuring characters from all walks of life. v
June is Pride Month, which is both a celebration of how far LGBT+ have come and a reminder that we need to continue to be an advocate for human rights. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that one of the questions asked in the latest “Ask Riot” was focused on LGBTQ+ representation in League of Legends.
Specifically, the question asked if Riot has plans to add in-game canon LGBT+ couples in League of Legends. While Riot acknowledged they will continue to highlight LGBTQIA+ stories, they didn’t want to absolutely commit to forcing specific LGBT+ couples stories.
League of Legends said that their “LGBTQIA+ champions are in relationships with one another will depend on the characters and where they are in their own personal stories. Some may be single, some couples, some may be ex-lovers/enemies, and others might have budding interests and are still discovering who they are.”
New In-Game Canon LGBTQ+ To Arrive in the Summoner’s Rift?
As of the moment, only a few champions are linked to the LGBTQ+ Society. These include the couple Leona and Diana, who literally represent the sun and moon. And now, LoL wants to add more champions like those two. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Riot’s extended answer is that they want the League universe to be a place filled with stories that players “can see themselves and have characters they want to relate to.” They’ll continue to add LGBTQIA+ champions, although they admit they might not all be part of a couple.
Here are the current statements of LoL fans regarding the upcoming in-game LGBTQ+ canon champions:
- “I’m still a somewhat recent League player (still at level 27 atm) but I was wondering if I’m missing any of the inside scoops as far as the lore behind the characters’ sexuality and such. Not just gay, but meaning anything from genderqueer to asexual to pansexual to trans, etc.”
- “I’ve certainly already heard about how outrageous Taric can be and the possible tie-ins with him and that twink of an Ezreal. I’m just wondering if I’m missing some big lesbian power couple or something like that.”
Once LoL decided to make new characters based on the people of the LGBTQ+ Society, Riot Games should expect that many players will be against it, especially those who are homophobic or just toxic gamers. Although this could happen, it is still important to respect players of all types of people, in the game and in real life.