Netflix's, Arcane, just became the first streaming show to win the highly coveted Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program. The series beat other top animated shows like Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, The Simpsons’, and What If…? to win the award. With Bob’s Burgers winning in 2017, The Simpsons’ in 2019, and Rick and Morty in 2020, Arcane’s win is not an easy feat.
In addition to this, the show also won awards in three other categories. This makes a total of four wins out of the five categories it was nominated in.
Arcane is based on a much-revered video game franchise, League of Legends, developed and published by Riot Games. The show was released to the streaming service in November 2021 and is set in the twin cities of Piltover and Zaun. It chronicles two sisters, Jinx and Vi, who become separated in childhood. They follow different paths in life and finally reunite several years later. The series features a stellar cast, which includes Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro, Katie Leung, Toks Olagundoye, Jason Spisak, and Harry Lloyd.
Christian Linke, who serves as one of the show’s creators, picked up the award and had this to say: "Thank you for this. It’s a big deal for us, as we come from video games. It’s been amazing to see the world embrace our characters and our stories, so thanks to Netflix, who believed in us from the beginning, thanks to Riot Games, who worked on the whole IP … and to all the people that have been with our game and League of Legends for the last 12 years or so who helped make it as big as it is now."
Honored doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel about winning the #Emmy for 𝑶𝒖𝒕𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑨𝒏𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒎.
Thank you to our incredible team at @RiotGames and Fortiche, the @TelevisionAcad, and the greatest fans (yes, you) for making this possible. pic.twitter.com/xFNWt4eNc7
— Arcane (@arcaneshow) September 4, 2022
Before Arcane, two other Netflix shows – Big Mouth and Bojack Horseman – had gotten a nomination for the same award. However, neither succeeded in winning the big prize.
Arcane's popularity among critics and audiences alike should guarantee that Riot Games is going to continue producing similar content. At the moment, Netflix has renewed Arcane for a second season that's set to release next year.