League of Legends won an Emmy

Matt Eng
Boil It Down Gaming
2 min readSep 5, 2022


This story about high achievements, boiled down, in 1:08 minutes.

What’s the fuss?

An animated show based on a popular competitive video game recently received the highest honours in television — a first.

The situation

When League of Legends (LoL) was released in 2009, it catapulted a new genre of gaming into the stratosphere: the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA).

  • MOBAs are a type of strategy game where two teams compete against each other on a predefined battlefield with the objective to destroy the other’s home base.
  • With over 100 million monthly active players, League of Legends has transcended from just being a video game to a cultural juggernaut.

LoL can now add an Emmy award to their list of accolades for their hit Netflix animated show Arcane.

  • Arcane further explores the narrative lore and characters of the LoL universe in a more cinematic tone than the game.
  • Critically acclaimed upon release for its storytelling and animation, the Television Academy granted the series an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program — a first for a streaming service.

Boiling it down

It’s great to see video games being acknowledged as a legitimate form of art by mainstream media on such a large scale.

  • Games themselves are no stranger to being recognized by traditional awards, with the Grammys and BAFTAs celebrating the medium’s achievements.

However, good video game adaptations to film and TV are few and far between.

  • A majority of adaptations are poorly received by fans and critics alike, largely because the source material doesn’t transition well to cinema.
  • Prime examples include 1993’s Super Mario Bros., 2016’s Assassin’s Creed, and 2020’s Monster Hunter.

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