How It’s Made – VALORANT’s industrial, electronic beats set the right tone

12:46 PM ETTyler ErzbergerESPN Esports CloseStaff writer for ESPN. com Covered esports since 2011 Worked with biggest teams across titles like League of Legends and StarCraft IIFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintAs you open Riot Games' newest first-person shooter VALORANT, the first thing your ears hear is the thumping sound of the game's main theme. In comparison to Riot's flagship title, League of Legends, which is set in the high fantasy world of Runeterra and accompanied by an orchestral score, VALORANT's theme sets a tone that it won't be anything like its older sibling. Whereas League of Legends is classical violins and epic adventure, VALORANT is a neon-lit nightclub with mystery (and possibly danger) lurking around every corner. That atmosphere has been crafted by music producer Lick, an emerging artist who began making music in high school with hip hop-flavored beats before buying a synthesizer and finally finding his calling by imagining bass-pulsing music. "I think the biggest and most inspirational person I look up to is Sonny "Skrillex" John Moore," Lick told ESPN.

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