Lil Nas X is no stranger to the online gaming world, having teamed up with Roblox back in 2020 for an in-game concert series watched by millions worldwide. The Grammy-winning rapper’s latest outing sees him teaming up with Riot Games to create a brand-new song for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship. “Star Walkin’” is the official anthem of this year’s World Championship, is only one component of Lil Nas X’s involvement in the championship this year.
The animated music video for the song is set in San Francisco, the host city for this year’s League of Legends Worlds Final. Lil Nas is set to perform the song at the event, taking place November 5 at the city’s Chase Center. He also helped design a skin for an upcoming champion, which players will be able to unlock in the game between November 3 and November 14. The “Old Town Road” rapper is the latest artist to be recruited by Riot Games to release an anthem for League of Legends’ World Championship, with songs having been recorded by the likes of Imagine Dragons and others.
“Lil Nas X tapped into our vision and took it to the next level,” Carrie Dunn, global head of creative for Riot’s esports team, shared in a statement about the new track. “The Worlds anthem comes with high expectations. It needs to inspire our pros, hype our fans, and prepare a live stadium audience of thousands – and a broadcast of millions – for the ultimate competitive showdown. And I can confidently say ‘Star Walkin’’ did just that.”
Lil Nas X shared his sentiments in a statement ahead of the song’s release. “I felt like it was time for me to try something new,” he said. “I’ve left my mark on pop culture in so many ways, and now it’s time to take on the world of gaming.”