Esports Awards 2019 Highlights
The 2019 Esports Awards, held outside of London for the very first time this year, played host to some of the most well-known figures in the esports industry.
For the next three years, Esports Stadium Arlington will host the Esports Awards. For the first time, the awards show had general admission for fans on top of the thousands watching online.
The awards, presented by Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, was a major hit. Some of the winners were no real shock. League of Legends? They’re still the king of MOBAs. Nadeshot winning “Esports Personality of the Year”? That’s no surprise to me either.
Highlights of the Night
Though I will cover the list of winners below, I wanted to take the time to talk about Richard Lewis. He won “Esports Journalist of the Year.” His speech was met with thunderous applause by the attending audience.
Kotaku, Polygon and Waypoint got called out for their handling of / lack of understanding of esports during his Esports Awards 2019 speech:
“They’ve consistently embarrassed themselves, writing pieces that expose their complete ignorance about our scene, the lack of sources and unoriginal opinions on topics we’ve talked to death for twenty years.”
It’s essential for people writing in esports to have a grasp of what’s going on in the business. Writing about something you are unknowledgeable about isn’t a good look. His humble speech resounded with the audience, as well as me.
News outlets need to report on news and spend less time sensationalizing something. Rumors and gossip are one thing but treat them as such.
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf won two awards this year, for Esports PC Player of the Year as well as Esports PC Rookie of the year. He’s close to rivaling Ninja, who won three awards last year. Bugha took first place at this year’s Fortnite World Cup, so he’s well-deserving of his awards.
I was also glad to see Sonicfox win “Esports Console Player of the Year.” Sonicfox is a very outspoken man who has a ton of heart and unlimited skill and potential. He’s going to keep being himself and dominate whatever fighting game scene he happens to take part in.
Esports Awards 2019 Winners
Did you miss the show, and want to know exactly who won? We’ve got you covered with this handy list!
- Content Creator of the Year in association with the Esports Stadium Arlington – Craig’ Mini Lad’ Thompson
- Esports Cosplay of the Year – LittleJem
- Esports Personality of the Year in association with Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau – Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag
- Esports Photographer of the Year – Stephanie Lindgren
- Esports Videographer of the Year in association with eBeatz – Logan Dodson (100 Thieves)
- Streamer of the Year in association with Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau – Dr Disrespect
- Esports Breakthrough Game of the Year – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Esports Commercial Partner of the Year in association with Blinkfire Analytics – HyperX
- Esports Coverage Website of the Year in association with Sizzle Creative – Dexerto
- Esports Game of the Year – League of Legends
- Esports Hardware Provider of the Year – Intel
- Esports Journalist of the Year – Richard Lewis
- Esports Publisher of the Year in association with Populous – Riot Games
- Esports Supporting Agency of the Year – Loaded
- Esports Caster of the Year – Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer
- Esports Coach of the Year in association with Maika’i Copenhagen – Danny Zonic Sorensen
- Esports Console Player of the Year in association with Scuf Gaming – Dominique’ Sonicfox’ Mclean
- Esports Console Rookie of the Year in association with Scuf Gaming – Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr
- Esports Host of the Year – Alex’ Goldenboy’ Mendez
- Esports Organisation of the Year – Team Liquid
- Esports PC Player of the Year – Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf
- Esports PC Rookie of the Year – Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf
- Esports Team of the Year in association with Secretlab Chairs – G2 League of Legends
- Esports Live Event of the Year in association with The KOYO Store – League of Legends World
- Panel’s Choice Award in association with Touch of Ginger – Ryan Thompson
Perhaps next year will be the year that card games see some love at the Esports Awards. It is the first year for serious MTG Arena, so only time will tell. But if Hearthstone couldn’t do it, does Wizards of the Coast have any hope? God, I hope so.