Esports Awards Recap
The 2018 Esports Awards went off without a hitch last night, and we all have one question, who won? The esports scene has been steadily growing in popularity over the years and has arguably reached the mainstream!
2018 is a glorious year for the esports community. We’ve seen some great things this year that need to be recognized. From influential streamers to the blockbuster game titles we can’t get enough of, the esports awards were here to let us know who took the top ranks this year.
Okay okay. Enough with the introduction. You just want to know who won, right?
The “Role Models” of Esports
Esports is still in its infancy. That’s why it’s so important for the top esports personalities to represent the community in a positive manner. When we think of esports, there are a few figures that immediately come to mind, and we have much to thank them for regarding said growth.
- Unsung Hero of the Year – Milos Nedeljkovic (FACEIT)
- Personality of the Year – Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
- Streamer of the Year – Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
Esports awards are about recognizing the greatness of the truly skilled! Afterall, achievements can only go so far. The following winners are folks that children will idolize and hopefully one day be in the same place!
- Console Rookie of the Year – Kenny “Kenny” Williams (100 Thieves)
- Play of the Year – Dillon “Attach” Price (FaZe Clan)
- PC Player of the Year – Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere)
- Console Player of the Year – Mosaad “Msdossary” Aldossary (Rogue)
- PC Rookie of the Year – Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau (Fnatic)
The Best Platform, Titles, and Events of 2018
2018 was an amazing year for esports. We saw Fortnite take over the stream scene while Overwatch grew into its own. To say esports is getting exciting is a colossal understatement and thanks to great streaming platforms, the word is out, and people are amped!
- Breakthrough Game of the Year – Fortnite
- Game of the Year – Overwatch
- Live Event of the Year – Overwatch League Grand Finals
- Streaming Platform of the Year – Twitch
People wouldn’t know about esports without the media coverage. The following folks have a crucial role in delivering those impressive pictures, videos, and writings that get people excited. The 2018 Esports Awards takes notice of these valuable contributions and recognizes their great efforts.
- Journalist of the Year – Jacob Wolf (ESPN)
- Photographer of the Year – Helena Kristiansson
- Videographer of the Year – Davis “Hitch” Edwards (OpTic Gaming)
- Broadcaster of the Year – Clint “Maven” Evans (Call of Duty World League)
- Esports Coverage Website of the Year – ESPN
Esports Developers, Organizations and Teams
Esports wouldn’t exist without the dedicated developers and organizers behind the scenes creating games, tournaments, teams, and more to get things going. If it wasn’t for these folks, we wouldn’t have esports at all.
- Organization of the Year – Cloud9
- Esports Team of the Year – Astralis (CS:GO)
- Supporting Agency of the Year – Evolved Talent Agency
- Commercial Partner of the Year – Intel
- Hardware Provider of the Year – Nvidia
- Publisher of the Year – Blizzard
Wrap Up of 2018 Esports Awards
If you’ve been following the esports scene, you know that many of these awards were clear-cut from the start. A lot of us enjoyed seeing Ninja getting the recognition he deserves. It was great to see the media outlets getting recognition as well.
There were some admittedly odd choice. Fortnite somehow won breakout game of 2018, despite that it’s still in beta and it was released in 2017. It’s also unusual how Overwatch could be game of the year when it was released in 2016, but I think we can all agree that it deserved it.
Overall, the 2018 Esports Awards were quality, giving recognition to those shaping the future of esports. The sky’s the limit when it comes to esports, and I don’t see the momentum giving up any time soon.