League of Legends’ animated series Arcane rakes in rave reviews across the internet

Riot Games' form of bread and circus appears to have paid off


It would appear that Netflix has another hit on its hands with the premiere of the League of Legends animated series Arcane, which made its first season debut this past Saturday and quickly climbed its way to the number nine spot on the platform as of this writing.

A quick search for reviews of the show offered up a user review aggregate score of 98% recommended on Rotten Tomatoes as well as high praise on Reddit, while larger gaming outlets have also been singing the series praises; The Verge referred to it as “a surprisingly thrilling adventure that doesn’t skimp on style,” PC Gamer called the series “amazing,” and a Polygon review referred to it as LoL’s best story ever told.

The series’ first season has six more episodes left in its nine episode run, while a second season has yet to be optioned by Netflix. A Washington Post interview with showrunner and creative director Christian Linke notes that the team would like to do a second season but also says that this premiere represents something of a risk.

“We still need to earn our stripes with ‘Arcane’ and see: Do the League players in the audience actually like it? […] We would really like to take this further, but right now, we just burned this massive hole in Riot’s wallet. Let’s see if that was really worth it.”

Riot Games is considered a controversial company in the gaming world following a 2018 exposé of the sexual discrimination and harassment inherent in what workers described as its “bro culture.” The scandal brought forth accusations against multiple developers and high-ranking executives and ultimately led to a developer labor dispute and walk-out. Lawsuits from former workers and the state of California, which has alleged that Riot is refusing to cooperate with its investigation, are ongoing.
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