League of Legend’s newest champion, Taliyah, the Stoneweaver, is another step forward towards more diversity and non-sexualized female champions for them. As usual, this was accompanied by a big outcry of some players about Riot Games not making sexy lady champions anymore, as seen in a lot of comments on her reveal video. Interestingly, Taliyah’s lead designer addressed this on twitter.
I hope they continue to fill the huge gaps in diversity first and if they make a sexy champion eventually again, treat it as the exception that it should be.
Good news: League of Legends, released another female champion, after Illaoi, who is neither objectified nor looks like a repainted clone of all the other characters. People who love Toph from Avatar the Last Airbender or Terra from the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon will likely enjoy her a lot!
We’re very glad that Riot developed self-awareness and is openly addressing their design problems and willingness to fix them.
And while nastiness and paranoia among entitled gamers is quite worrying…
Maybe it’s a sign of some real cultural shift happening right before our eyes: The guards of sexist status quo throwing hissy fits whenever there is the smallest evidence they’re not being pandered to as they were before.