K-Pop and video games are two worlds that often intersect, with members from groups like TWICE, aespa, BTS, and BLACKPINK proving themselves as avid gamers through collaborations and sponsorships or just straight-up playing games in their spare time.
There are many iconic moments of K-Pop idols interacting with esports (short for “electronic sports,” which is a professional competition using video games) professionals, also known as “pros.” Recently one particular event caught fans off guard. After being introduced, VALORANT pro player Jake “Boaster” Howlett suddenly decided to break into dance in front of tens of thousands of people!
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) September 13, 2022
He’s only shown for a few seconds, but ONCEs will instantly recognize TWICE Nayeon‘s solo single, “POP!” which went viral for its complex choreography.
— ONE Esports (@ONEEsports) September 14, 2022
A tweet from Boaster himself confirmed that his actions were 100% intentional. He decided to make his move in one of the biggest esports tournaments of the year, VALORANT Champions 2022!
Pop pop pop! Uh ahhh🏻😍 https://t.co/QgN7EEilug
— FNATIC Boaster (@OfficialBoaster) September 13, 2022
VALORANT is a popular first-person shooter developed by Riot Games, who also created League of Legends, arguably the most popular online multiplayer game in South Korea.
Moments like these are rare, so fans of esports and K-Pop will remember them fondly for years to come.
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