Riot Games is opening a one-off Hextech Expo storefront in London’s Oxford Street, as it goes big with its marketing for its upcoming animated Netflix series, Arcane.
The London building is on the corner of Oxford Street and Great Titchfield St. It’s not yet clear if this is an actual shop as such or part of some kind of marketing activity that may change as we near the launch of Arcane on Netflix this Sunday (2am GMT, November 7th 2021).
London is one of six cities containing a Hextech Expo storefront, ‘bringing the technological advances of Arcane’s Piltover city into the real world’, with other cities including Paris, Madrid, Istanbul, Singapore and Los Angeles as part of a connected experience for fans.
Piltover is known as the City of Progress within Arcane and League of Legends, and ‘has harnessed the power of magic, through Hextech, to create a treasure trove of immensely powerful, barely believable, and intensely desired tech that would wreak chaos in the wrong hands’.
Ahead of opening night, visitors to each Hextech Expo location will be able to preview and interact with ‘amazing Hextech technology’ in the window displays.
Riot has also overtaken the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, plus it has apparently organised some Arcane activity in New York as well.
A Riot Games spokesperson said: “I don’t want to jinx it. But we’re confident our new stores will shatter any preconceptions fans have about Hextech – we’re super, mega excited about what’s to come at the end of each location.”
The quote of course implies that League of Legends character Jinx may make some kind of appearance or impact on the Hextech Expo stores. Super Mega Death Rocket is Jinx’s ultimate ability in League of Legends.
Jinx is also being added to PUBG Mobile and Fortnite.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.