The short animated film is set to a song that was composed specifically for the event. Riot Games worked with record producer and DJ Grabbitz and up-and-coming rapper bbno$ for this year’s tournament anthem, “Ticking Away.” This is the third time Grabbitz has worked with Riot Games on an anthem. This one will be performed live for fans for the first time ahead of the finals at Kia Auditorium on August 26.
The animated video was created, produced, animated and directed by Paris-based Quad Group. The creative company includes animation division Wizz, which incorporates directing collective CRCR. It tells the story of a group of kids who grew up together playing video games and hanging out in the neighborhood, but eventually they grow up and go their separate ways. The gaming leader keeps playing until he finds himself at a Valorant Champions Tournament and when he looks up, his old friends are cheering him on from the front row.
The Valorant Champions Tournament is taking place at the Shrine and Kia Auditoriums in Los Angeles and running from August 6-26.
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Client: Riot Games
Producer: Matthieu Poirier
Coordinator: Rebeca Hayem, Akito Martel
Storyboard Artist: Ninoc, Guzzu
Art Director: Nicolas Pegon, Nicolas Dehghani
Character Design: Gianni Bouyeure, Paul Lacolley, Jeremy Pires
Artist: Simon Dumonceau, Victor Delorme, Pauline Mauvière, Simon Masse, Benjamin Moulin, Louise Flatz, Rita Fonseca
Concept Artist: Paul Lacolley, Gianni Bouyeure, Jules Bourgès, Rodrigo De Sousa, Bung Nguyen
Animation Lead: Jeremy Pires, Gianni Bouyeure
Animator: Gaelle Thierry, Mandimby Lebon, Vic Chhun, Bernard Bui, Etienne Faivre, Bung Nguyen, Rodrigo De Sousa, Camille Chao, Camille Bozec, Florian De Chelle, Antoine Tran, Alexandra Petit, Milla Monagan
Animation Assistant: Leonard Ferrer, Melina Ienco, Virgile Chéraud
Fx Artist: Martin Robic, Paul Bouchart
3d Lead: Hugo Garnier
3d Artist: Andrey Kolesov, Axel Mechin
Compositing: Guillaume Cassuto, Valérie Guichard, Mathieu Bernadat
Editor: Emma Robin
Cleanup Artist: Pudoctopus
Motion Designer: Noé Giuliani
Digital Imaging Technician: Nicolas Biardeau, Jean Nicolas Michel, Emmanuel Zangzang