Arcane Wins Outstanding Animation Program at the 2022 Emmys

“One day this city will respect us.”

Arcane showrunners and co-creators Christian “Praeco” Linke and Alex Yee beamed with pride at the 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

On behalf of Riot Games, Netflix, and Fortiche Productions, the two received the show’s first Emmy Award at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

The League of Legends series won an award for Outstanding Animated Program, beating other TV shows such as Marvel’s What If…?, The Simpsons, Rick and Morty and Bob’s Burgers in the Creative Arts category.

Arcane is the Outstanding Animation Program for the 2022 Emmys

Arcane raised the animation flag at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which took place the weekend of September 3-4. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards honor outstanding artistic and technical achievement in American television.

The series won Outstanding Animated Program, the first streaming show to do so at the Emmys. Previous winners include Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal in 2021, Rick and Morty in 2018 and 2020, The Simpsons in 2019, and Bob’s Burgers in 2017.

Credit: Riot Games, Christian Linke

The Riot Games show was also nominated for Best Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half Hour) and Animation.

“Honored doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel about winning the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program,” Riot Games tweeted.

Some of the show’s performers and cast praised Arcane on social media, including Vi’s voice actor Hailed Steinfeld and Finn’s voice actor and “Snakes” OST performer Miyavi.

Fans can view the full Creative Arts Emmys 2022 winners here.

Arcane explores the stories and lore of Vi and Jinx – how they lived and survived inside the City of Iron and Glass, and how they would eventually gain their powers. Based on Riot Games’ hit multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) League of Legends, the show has received nothing but praise from iconic figures in the gaming community, including the game designer and director Japanese video Hideo Kojima.

The show started with a production budget of US$2,000, revealed by Praeco in the pilot episode of the documentary series Arcane: Bridging the Rift. Its first episode “Welcome to the Playground” lasted 10 months, while the entire season 1 took a total of six years.

With their newfound success and accumulated support, fans are hoping that the production process for Arcane Season 2 won’t take so long this time around.

League of Legends viewers and fans can catch Arcane Season 1 and, soon, Season 2 on the Netflix streaming platform.

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