League of Legends
League of Legends

The popular League of Legends game is set to introduce a new Black LGBTQ+ character. 

Since its debut in 2009, the Riot Games title has made a massive wave in the video game sphere. 

While many fans have praised League of Legends for its unique gameplay and engaging replay value, some players have lauded the title for its LGBTQ+ characters – like Neeko, Leona, Caitlyn Kiramman and Graves, to name a few. 

Now it looks like another LGBTQ+ character is set to make their historic debut in the popular online game. 

On 13 October, Riot Games announced the arrival of the game’s first Black queer character K’Sante – who has been described as a high-skill bruiser, per One eSports

“A mighty guardian wielding weapons forged from an apex predator he once slayed, K’Sante is a hero of his people, dominating fights with keen judgement and defiant fire,” Riot said in a statement. 

“His weapons may appear defensive at first, but given the right moment, he can transform them into lethal blades, taking down giant foes others dare not approach.” 

Taking to Twitter, Game of Thrones star DeObia Oparei revealed that he would be voicing the groundbreaking character, writing: “I’m excited to give life and voice to K’Sante and make history portraying the first LGBTQ+ Black champion warrior.”

While an exact date for K’Sante’s arrival has yet to be announced, Dot ESports reported that the new queer-inclusive character will be released sometime in November. 

Shortly after the news of K’Sante’s identity was released, LGBTQ+ gamers flocked to social media to express their excitement for the character. 

One Twitter user wrote: “I can’t believe we have canonically gay black men, like when I tell you we WON idgaf. K’Sante, you will always be famous.”

Another user tweeted: “I see myself in K’sante as a gay black man. Do not come at me. I will defend him with my life.”

Riot Games’ K’Sante announcement comes a month after the company announced Grammy winner Lil Nas X as the president of League of Legends. 

Under his newfound title, the Industry Baby rapper released his collaborative single, Star Walkin – which has been used as the theme song for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship. 

LNX also co-designed a “Prestige Empyrean” skin for K’Sante as part of his presidential duties.