Riot Games‘ latest first-person shooter game VALORANT has been gaining a lot of attention recently not only from the gaming community but also from the K-Pop community too!
A few days ago, Riot Games introduced the newest character for VALORANT, a South Korean knives dealer named Jett who was designed to be a highly-skilled character.
Besides making Jett a total powerhouse character, the game’s developers also wanted to make sure Jett was authentically Korean, especially as the game’s first agent from South Korea. To do this, they got some help from K-Pop solo artist Shannon Williams!
Shannon, who is also an avid gamer and often streams gaming broadcasts on her Twitch channel, received many compliments from the game developers not only for bringing a lot of personality to the character but also for adding cultural and demographic authenticity too.
Shannon not only brought a cultural authenticity to the character but a demographic authenticity. She walked in on day one of our session already a hardcore FPS player, we didn’t have to do any work onboarding her to the type of game we were making.
— Zach Betka, Senior Narrative Writer at Riot Games
And after Shannon took to Twitter to thank Riot for giving her the opportunity to play Jett and express her excitement for the game’s release…
I can now finally reveal that I am the voice behind Jett! She was such an amazing boss bitch character to play and I am so excited for the games release! It was such an honor and I greatly appreciate Riot for giving this opportunity to play this amazing character! ❤️ https://t.co/REsn1sEOtM pic.twitter.com/lt4GmigwCz
— Shannon Williams (@ShannonAW98) April 2, 2020
Shanon also received even more love from Riot Games’ voice-over production coordinator and character producer!
Shannon is incredible. She's a big gamer and brought so much energy into the booth.
The whole team was laughing and memeing.
You can't fake that kinda vibe! https://t.co/yzm5jgXPnC
— Ｆｉｄｇｅｔ @ Home ⚕⛑ (@lilfidget) April 2, 2020
Shannon's voice was so critical to bringing Jett to life! As soon as we started playtesting with her recordings in game the team was blown away. Everyweek someone on the dev team comments on how stoked they are with the performance. https://t.co/cPu43aZJ1c
— John Goscicki (@RiotMEMEMEMEME) April 2, 2020
Meanwhile, after hearing that Shannon is the voice behind Jett, K-Pop fans grew even more excited for the game!
SHANNON WILLIAMS VOICES JETT????
— krissy!drops (@erzascarIets) April 3, 2020
It's been announced that #VALORANT's new character, Jett, was voiced by KPOP's very own Shannon Williams! So proud of our girl for doing work that she loves~#SHANNON #ShannonWilliams @ShannonAW98 #샤넌 #JETT #ValorantGame @PlayVALORANT https://t.co/JcX7KRfw1g
— Himawari 🌻 will STAY (@changbinnibinni) April 3, 2020
역시! Too much awesome 😍❤️❤️❤️
— 언니🌲 결누나 (@eonni_noona) April 2, 2020
See Shannon transform into Jett in the gameplay video below:
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) April 2, 2020