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Riot’s ‘Arcane’ may be the first streaming series to win an animated Emmy award

Netflix’s League of Legends-based animated series Arcane has won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, becoming the initial streaming series to win for the reason that category. It beat out some far better known competition, including Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, The Simpsons and IMAGINE IF…? hosted by the late Chadwick Boseman. “Its a problem for us once we come from video gaming. Its been amazing to start to see the world embrace our characters and our stories,” said Arcane co-creator Christian Linke.

The series stars Ella Purnell (Jinx), Hailee Steinfeld (Vi) and Katie Leung (Caitlyn). It had been found for another season by Netflix last winter, suggesting that the streamer was ready to embrace high-budget game-based productions. The initial season boasted nearly 34.2 million viewing hours in its first week on Netflix’s top 10 chart, putting it second in views in those days. In addition, it received very reviews that are positive from both critics and audiences.

Riot Games had already worked closely with Arcane animation studio Fortiche, but acquired a substantial, non-controlling stake earlier in March. The firms worked together to introduce Jinx to League of Legends in 2013, and intend to get together on “other to-be-announced” projects along with Arcane, though no details have already been released yet.

Meanwhile, IMAGINE IF…? didn’t leave the Creative Arts Emmys empty-handed, as Boseman received a posthumous award for his voiceover work over the first season. “Just what a beautifully aligned moment it truly is that certain of the final things he’d work on wouldn’t normally only be revisiting a character that has been so vital that you him… but additionally that it be an exploration of something new, diving right into a new potential future,” said his wife Taylor Simone Ledward in accepting the award.

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