LoL Worlds opening ceremony to feature HEARTSTEEL and NewJeans

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Every year Riot Games puts on an absolute spectacle for their League of Legends Worlds opening ceremony. This year we will see performances from HEARTSTEEL and NewJeans.

In previous years we have seen performances by Lil Nas X, Chrissy Costanza, Imagine Dragons, and many more. We have also seen Riot Games’ virtual groups such as K/DA and True Damage perform in a mixed reality setting.

NewJeans are not the only k-pop brand crossing over into gaming and esports as we just saw LE SSERAFIM join forces with Overwatch 2.

When and where is the LoL Worlds 2023 opening ceremony?

The League of Legends Worlds 2023 opening ceremony promises an unforgettable experience. It kicks off on . The performance will be live on stage in front of the crowd in Seoul, South Korea.

For audiences at home, you can still catch the entire performance on livestream. Tune in to the official Riot Games channel on Twitch. Don’t miss the chance to witness the best opening ceremony in the esports world!


Riot introduces HEARTSTEEL, a virtual pop group featuring reimagined versions of popular League of Legends champions including Kayn, Ezreal, Sett, Yone, K’Sante, and Aphelios.

The group’s debut single “PARANOIA” will be performed live by BAEKHYUN of EXO, Cal Scruby, Tobi Lou, and ØZI. HEARTSTEEL plan to blend reality and League of Legends fantasy in an action-packed performance.

  • BAEKHYUN, known for his exceptional vocal talents in EXO and SuperM, boasts a global fanbase with numerous successful albums.
  • Cal Scruby, a witty rapper from Los Angeles, has collaborated with renowned brands like the NFL and EA Sports.
  • ØZI, a Mandarin music scene star, received multiple Golden Melody Awards nominations for his debut album.
  • Tobi Lou, a versatile artist blending hip-hop, R&B, and pop, gained recognition with hits like “Buff Baby.”

Who is NewJeans?

NewJeans, the rising K-pop sensation, is set to dazzle the audience at the 2023 League of Legends World Championship with their performance of the anthem “GODS.” This talented quintet, consisting of MINJI, HANNI, DANIELLE, HAERIN, and HYEIN, made their debut in July 2022 under the independent label ADOR, a part of HYBE led by Hee Jin Min.

Their debut album, “New Jeans,” released on August 1, 2022, achieved remarkable success, making them the first K-pop group to reach the million-seller milestone with their very first album. NewJeans quickly captured the hearts of fans worldwide, with their track “Hype Boy” charting on Billboard Global 200 for an impressive 37 consecutive weeks, setting a new record for any K-pop female act. Their global hits “Ditto” and “OMG” secured spots on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 74 and 82 respectively, within just six months of their debut.

The group also made history by becoming the fastest K-pop act to reach one billion streams on Spotify, further solidifying their international presence. Notably, NewJeans became the first K-pop female act to grace the stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago, captivating an audience of over 70,000 spectators with their debut live performance in the United States in August 2023.

Grady Hooker
Grady Hooker
A Computer Scientist with a passion for esports, wrestling and metal music. Grady started Esports Kingdom in 2017 between his other projects; a 7 year running professional wrestling radio show, a gaming YouTube channel and random web development pieces.

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