The year 2019 had numerous new changes in the esports industry, which continues to gain fame at an alarming rate.
For instance, the esports market most likely surpassed the expected $1 billion mark in revenue coming from sponsors, advertisers, and media rights.
This year, esports awards took place to reward champions and winners in various fields. Significant awards include the yearly Esports Awards held in November and the sixth annual Game Awards. Since it is the end of the year, now is an excellent time to review and recap notable winners in these events.
Although the Game Awards focuses on video games, directors awarded a few categories comprised of esports.
Organizers selected nominees from different categories that made esports one of the most popular entertainment industries. Below are the winners from the Game Awards’ esports section.
Best Esports Game – League of Legends
League of Legends, developed by Riot Games, was arguably the biggest winner, dominating the esports categories. From hundreds of nominees, companies, teams and individuals, Riot Games managed to receive three awards from three different categories.
Best Esports Player – Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
The sixteen-year-old Fortnite player admitted his surprise to win the award. He received $3 million in prize awards after outshining Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev as his main competitors.
Best Esports Team – G2 Esports (League of Legends)
We’re honoured to win Esports Team of the Year at #TheGameAwards! Thank you to everyone who voted for us.
A huge congratulations to our League of Legends players and staff 🥳 pic.twitter.com/AC248wOZMU
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) December 13, 2019
G2 is a Spanish professional esports organization hosting teams in several games. The LEC squad has successfully won several awards since 2016, including the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, leading up to being awarded the best esports team this year.
Best Esports Event Leader – League of Legends World Championship 2019
This winner took place in Madrid, Berlin, and Paris from October 2 to November 10.
It was the leading and most-viewed event in all of esports that led to breaking esports viewership records. Worlds 2019 created remarkable storylines and produced a mind-blowing final with Chinese FunPlus Phoenix emerging as the winner for their first-ever Worlds title.
Best Esports Coach Winner – Danny “Zonic” Sørensen (Astralis | CS:GO)
Danny obtained his reward after another year of remarkable achievements realized by the Danish powerhouse in CS:GO. He also led Astralis successfully at Star Ladder Berlin 2019 and to their fourth CS:GO Major.
Best Esports Host Champion – Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Sjokz is a League of Legends host and one of the most recognizable celebrities in esports. In 2017, she won the Esports Personality of the Year award and is a consistent multiple-nominee in several other awards. She is also a panelist responsible for selecting the best esports talent globally.
The Esports Awards, which took place on November 16 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas, was another booming event for esports. All sorts of esports culture assembled to highlight the principal figures of 2019.
Many regard it as the most prestigious and leading esports awards ceremony in the industry.
Esports Journalist of the Year – Richard Lewis
Lewis is an esports journalist from England and a livestream commentator. He won Esports Journalist of the Year for the second time after first receiving the award during the 2016 event.
Fans know him for several controversial investigations in the esports and other world games.
Esports Publisher of the Year – Riot Games
— Esports Awards – Thank You (@esportsawards) November 17, 2019
Apart from winning the Publisher of the Year award, Riot Games acquired two other industry awards. These include Esports Live Event of the Year and League of Legends as Game of the Year. This confirms the organization as undisputed leaders in the world’s esports field.
Esports Organization of the Year – Team Liquid
Team Liquid won this award after enjoying significant achievements across various titles in 2019. These include second place at The International 2019 in Dota 2, qualifying for PUBG Global Championship 2019, and being a top team in CS:GO, among others.
Esports Personality of the Year – Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag
Nade is a former Call of Duty professional and currently the founder of 100 Thieves, a successful esports organization. The esports community loves him thanks to his continuous drive in building his legacy as a real individuality within the esports industry.
Written by Alex Johnson