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Riot apologise for overly sexualising League of Legends' latest champion

Kai'Sa

Riot say that they “unnecessarily sexualized” League of Legends’ most recent  new champion. In an Ask Riot post, the studio’s lead developer of champions, Riot Reav3, said that the team “could’ve done better” with Kai’Sa’s character design.

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Riot had previously said they would avoid adding unncessarily hyper-sexualised champions unless to the game it fit the character’s central theme. That means that while characters like Ahri and Evelynn, who are designed around myths of kitsunes or succubi, would retain their designs, but warriors like Irelia or Leona wouldn’t be over-sexualized.

However, when Kai’Sa was released, some players felt that her plunging neckline went against what Riot had previously said. Reav3 said that the intention behind her design wasn’t to make her desirable, but the result of an attempt to avoid making her seem “corrupted” by her time in the Void - a theme that Riot had explored previously. Reav3 says that “early on, Kai’Sa didn’t have a deep neckline. When we got her in game, we realized her dark hair combined with the suit” made her look more corrupted than intended. Reav3 goes on to explain that “our artists tried a few things to try and address this, and the one that worked well was redesigning her neckline so you could see her human skin more clearly.”

Reav3 ends by saying “in retrospect, we recognize we should’ve prioritized searching for other ways to solve this problem,” and that “even though we had good intentions, we could’ve done better.”

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Zeroderp Avatar
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3 Months ago

Do players really have an issue with this? Seriously? Some character shows cleavage and Riot issues an apology... I just don't get this culture at all.

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Braneman Avatar
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3 Months ago

I don't get it, the design is basically Widowmaker from Overwatch, in fact it's more conservative than Widowmaker.

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Thojorkill Avatar
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3 Months ago

I'm really sick of the SJW and Snowflake agendas. There is nothing wrong with developers and artists sticking traditional gender roles, especially so in FANTASY environments.

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dharper7 Avatar
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3 Months ago

"traditional gender roles" includes oversexualized demon ladies?? hmmmm. While we shouldnt feed the rage machine, some common sense is necessary in these debates. There are too many reactionaries on both sides of this issue.

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RMB Jump Avatar
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3 Months ago

While i'd agree that topic is absurd, it has nothing to do with gender roles.

Stupidity has to be fought on case by case basis, you can't just slap "Snowflake" sticker and act like point is made.

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Radiant Lotus Avatar
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3 Months ago

How are you going to be calling anyone a "snowflake" when you're doing most of the crying?

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Twml Avatar
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3 Months ago

Really people are offended by this?

Have they seen Widowmaker from overwatch?

Basically the same thing, and no one is complaining there.

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Kyoi Avatar
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3 Months ago

Here is the thing im betting

the people complaining about over sexual female characters

are the same people who wouldn't complain if the males were super sexual

we all know people who have a smart brain know this is too please people who i bet dont even play this game.

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Consistently Bad Avatar
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3 Months ago

Hello?? Are we going to ignore evelynn's design and voice lines?

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Ali Jones Avatar
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3 Months ago

You might like to read paragraph two, where I discuss this exact point.

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