Arcane wins Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, first for streaming series

Netflix anime series Arcane has become the first streaming series to win an Emmy in the ‘Outstanding Animated Program’ category at the Creative Arts Emmy.

An adaptation of the online multiplayer game League of Legends by Epic Games, the show trumped the likes of Rick and Morty, The Simpsons and BoJack Horseman to win the award. 

On winning, Co-creator Christian Linke said: “Thank you for this. It’s a big deal for us as we come from video games. It’s been amazing to see the world embrace our characters and our stories so thanks to Netflix who believed in us from the beginning, thanks to Riot Games, who worked on the whole IP and to all the people that have been with our game and League of Legends for the last 12 years or so who helped make it as big as it is now.”

Arcane is based on two sisters, Vi and Jinx, who fight on rival sides of a battle between the magic technologies of Piltover and Zaun.

The official synopsis reads:

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Arcane dives into the delicate balance between the rich city of Piltover and the seedy underbelly of Zaun. Tensions between these city-states boil over with the creation of hextech — a way for any person to control magical energy – in Piltover; and in Zaun, a new drug called shimmer transforms humans into monsters.

“The rivalry between the cities splits families and friends as Arcane brings life to the relationships that shape some of League of Legends’ famous champions including Vi, Jinx, Caitlyn, Jayce and Viktor. Based on the world behind the game League of Legends, the animated event series features a complex world filled with moral decisions, breathtaking animation and suspenseful storytelling.”

The voice actors for the show include Hailee Steinfeld (Vi), Ella Purnell (Jinx), Kevin Alejandro (Jayce Talis), Katie Leung (Caitlyn Kiramman), Jason Spisak (Silco) and Harry Lloyd (Viktor), among more.

Arcane has been created by Linke and Alex Yet, while Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord are the directors.

League of Legends released five episodes on YouTube that document behind-the-scenes of the show’s creation.

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