Riot Games makes its presence more known in the Philippines with its first physical event in the country, the Star Guardian Art School
“In a vast and dark universe, young warriors are chosen by fate to protect the light of the stars. They are destined to burn bright but collapse as furiously as they burn. Star Guardians exist throughout the cosmos, but their numbers are unknown. Of their kind, the brightest ones have come to light,” the lore of the Star Guardian goes.
League of Legends (LoL) brings back the magical universe of the Star Guardians for its summer event. Across all platforms are a new music video and storylines, as well as more champions joining the universe since 2016.
The global campaign kicked off on July 14 with a song and music video release of the event anthem “Everything Goes On” by Porter Robinson. Players and fans were also treated with new content in LoL, Wild Rift, Legends of Runeterra, as well as the launch of Sessions: Star Guardian Taliyah and the Star Guardian merch line.
In the Philippines, the event has a physical component, inviting gamers and anime fans to explore the magic of the cosmic warriors and immerse themselves in all things Star Guardian through an art school.
The Star Guardian Art School at the Moon Rabbit Café in San Juan City, Metro Manila is a three-day, limited-time event open to the public for free until July 31, 2022, only. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. Guests need to first register at www.eventbrite.com/cc/star-guardian-art-school-882449. Walk-in visits are not allowed.
“We wanted to bring it back mainly because the anime genre Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girl) is very popular in the Filipino gaming community. Not just in the Philippines but all across the world,” says Joel Guzman, country manager of Riot Games operations in the Philippines.
The vibrant alternate universe centers on a cast of female champions navigating high school drama by day and fighting evil forces by night. The art school commemorates the craft and detail behind the event, giving students a chance to create Star Guardian-inspired artworks themselves.
Several activities are held in the art school. From a DIY (do-it-yourself) tote bag section, where one can customize their bags using a heat press machine, to a Hydro Dipping class and station where instructors teach and guide students in the craft, and fan art areas where guests may plaster walls with creative messages. A cinematic area to watch Star Guardian content, an Instagrammable wall, and a cafeteria in line with the theme are also available. An interesting drink served in the café is the exclusive Starstruck Lemonade a color-changing beverage that is not just pretty but is extremely refreshing.
‘We hope the event can bring together the Filipino gaming and anime communities while Riot Games continues to identify local interests and opportunities for more title-related events in the future.’
“The Philippines is a very important market for the growth and expansion of Riot Games,” explains Joel. “We are so excited to bring the Star Guardian Art School experience to fans, gamers, and anime enthusiasts in the country to show appreciation for their loyalty and support. We hope the event can bring together the Filipino gaming and anime communities while Riot Games continues to identify local interests and opportunities for more title-related events in the future.”
The artschool coincides with Riot Games’ global efforts, a 10-week Star Guardian experience that brings global players and fans together with magical in-game content and out-of-game events.
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