On January 17, Donald Trump posted a video on Twitter that showed small pieces of news, as proof of "Promises fulfilled!" However, as the video circulated on the networks, viewers familiar with the competitive League of Legends scene began to notice that the background music was familiar to them. Rod "Slasher" Breslau, legendary Quake player, now an electronic sports consultant, was one of the first to notice the strange occurrence.
did Trump seriously just use the League of Legends champion select music for this
bring on the DMCA Riot https://t.co/KbhawEXMuyRELATED
– Rod Breslau (@Slasher) January 17, 2020
It didn't take long for fans to realize where they had heard the aforementioned orchestral rhythm. The song is "The Throw Down" by popular composer Gregg Lehrman, and was used for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship during the Champion Select phase. The song is already iconic for the LoL community.
As a result, many fans had a similar reaction to Breslau, asking Riot to issue a copyright claim on the video for using the game's music. As the president has not been oblivious to the complaints of some artists, claiming the use of unauthorized music, many fans thought it was a similar case, another example of the campaign stealing an original composition for political use.
“A reality of production”
In the hours after the launch of the tweet, it became clear that the track in question did not belong to Riot Games despite its popularity within the competitive scene of the game. Broadcasting producer for LEC, John Daniel "Riot Triaged" Depa, tweeted to assure concerned fans that the track was not from Riot.
… it's surreal at times, but a reality of production.
– John Daniel Depa (@RiotTriaged) January 17, 2020
Depa referred to the experience of listening to the song in other places as "surreal sometimes, but a reality of production." While it has not yet been confirmed if the use of Lehrman's music has been authorized, fans can rest easy knowing that Riot's compositions remain in legitimate hands.
Could you recognize the song in the video?