In late October, we reported on the launch of True Damage, the latest avatars-backed-by-humans band to emerge from the game League of Legends. In this case, a hip-hop group whose behind-the-scenes singers included Latin star Becky G, K-Pop artist Soyeon of the group (G)I-dle and US musician and actor Keke Palmer.
At the time, we anticipated another spectacular live debut at the next big League of Legends esports event, the World Championship Finals on 10 November. It wasn’t exactly a risky prediction, and lo, it came to pass this weekend. Just like last year’s debut of K-Pop avatar-group K/DA, the emphasis was on a spectacular fusion of real musicians and computer-generated animation – in True Damage’s case, holographic band members, and even a giant tornado. For a taster, watch this YouTube video of the band’s performance of ‘Giants’ (a track for which there’s also an official video).
The viewing figures for the event haven’t been announced yet, but the previous weekend’s semi-final match was watched by four million concurrent viewers at its peak, so the audience for True Damage’s live debut will have been considerable.