Riot Games, the parent company behind League of Legends, has brought Lil Nas X on board as president of the popular arena battle video game.
It doesn't sound like the responsibilities will involve the nitty gritty of day-to-day management. Instead, Nas X will help promote the annual League of Legends Championship known as "Worlds" by "creating explosive musical moments, an ingenious League champion skin, and a spectacular live Worlds performance."
One of those musical moments is the premiere of the new Worlds anthem, "Star Walkin'," on September 23. The song releases six days before the start of Worlds on September 23. Nas X will also design a new in-game skin and perform live at the Worlds Opening Ceremony presented by Mastercard on November 5. Watch an ad for the competition, which includes a snippet of "Star Walkin'," below.
“I felt like it was time for me to try something new," Lil Nas said in a press statement. "I’ve left my mark on pop culture in so many ways, and now it’s time to take on the world of gaming. I will be the greatest President, of League of Legends, of all time. Also I’m going to make the best Worlds anthem of all time and put on the biggest, coolest, sexiest Worlds in the history of all Worlds! 'Star Walkin’ is the only song anyone is allowed to listen to from now on. Swag fr!”
Naz Aletaha, Global Head of League Esports for Riot Games, gamely kept up with the bit in her own statement. “Lil Nas X is the most electrifying name in music, so when he showed up at our headquarters and told us that he wanted to be President of League and join us throughout Worlds, we of course said ‘yes’. We’ve all been blown away by his vision, passion, and undeniable style, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Worlds stage in San Francisco this November.”