Esports Personality of the Year Finalists Announced

by in General | Sep, 14th 2018

The Esports Awards has announced the finalists for the Esports Personality of the Year award, which features 10 of the biggest names in video games and esports.

The Esports Awards take place on November 12, 2018, at the Brewery in London. The public can get involved with the Esports Awards by voting for their favorite esports personalities, players, and teams. After the public vote concludes, the Esports Awards go to a vote from their panel and then the award show.

Other categories to vote in stage two of voting are Broadcaster of the Year, Console Player of the Year, Console Rookie of the Year, Live Event of the Year, Organization of the Year, PC Player of the Year, PC Rookie of the Year, Team of the Year, and Unsung Hero of the Year.

In Stage one of voting the categories were Breakthrough Game of the Year, Commercial Partner of the Year, Coverage Website of the Year, Game of the Year, Hardware Provider of the Year, Photographer of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Supporting Agency of the Year, Videographer of the Year, Streamer of the Year, and Streaming Platform of the Year.

The finalists for the Esports Personality of the Year award are Soe Gschwind Penski, Eefie “Sjokz” Depoortere, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Chris Puckett, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, Guy “Dr. Disrespect” Beahm, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo, and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.

Esports fans will recognize a lot of those names on the list, while a few others might be new to them. These ten finalists for the Esports Personality of the Year have earned their spot on this list, so let’s discuss what they’ve done to get nominated.


Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is no surprise to this list as he is one of the largest esports personalities in the world. Ninja had a sizable increase of followers from 2017 to 2018, as he rose to popularity with the success of Fortnite. He became the first Twitch streamer to surpass the 10 million follower mark, and he has more than double the followers than the closest person to him. He averages 85,000 concurrent viewers on his streamers, and his YouTube channel is over 17 million subscribers.

Courage, Ninja, DrLupo

Left to Right: Jake “Courage” Dunlop, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, and Ben “DrLupo” Lupo

What makes Ninja appeal to a larger crowd is his positive mentality. He promotes good messages and morals. He has also been apart of multiple charity streams and earned $100,000 in donations in only eight hours. Expect Ninja to be a favorite for the Esports Personality of the Year award.


Following Dr. Disrespect is another doctor in DrLupo. Ben “DrLupo” Lupo has become successful this year with the rise of Fortnite. He is often seen streaming alongside Ninja in Fortnite. DrLupo has earned over two million followers on Twitch and averages more than 10,000 viewers per stream. He also has amassed over one million subscribers on YouTube. He is a staple in the Fortnite community and has worked hard to gain his success.


Jake “CouRage” Dunlop has gone from esports caster to esports content creator. The former Call of Duty caster has developed entertaining streams with his charisma and high-level Fortnite action. CouRage, member of OpTic Gaming, has earned himself over 440k youtube subscribers and averages over 10 million views monthly. He has over 700,000 followers on Twitch and a concurrent viewership of 5,000.

CouRage is still a well-known caster, as he has done multiple Fortnite events this past year. He and DrLupo teamed up to do the Fortnite Pro-Am at E3.


Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is a former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player that retired to focus on streaming. It turned out to be a wise choice as he has over four million followers on Twitch. He has a concurrent viewership of 35,000 and is mostly known for playing first-person shooters.

Shroud is also nominated for Streamer of the Year.

Dr. Disrespect

Guy “Dr. Disrespect” Beahm is the reigning Streamer of the Year, and this year he is nominated as Esports Personality of the Year. Dr. Disrespect is known for his one-liner and his humor, while also dominating the battlefield in first-person shooters and battle royale games. He has amassed 2.6 million twitch followers and averages 25,000 viewers daily. He also has a huge following on YouTube and Twitter.


Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag is the founder of the esports team 100 Thieves. His organization specializes in competing in games like League of Legends, Clash Royale, Fortnite and in the future Call of Duty. Nadeshot has over four million followers on YouTube and over 900,000 on Twitch. The former Call of Duty professional averages 4,000 viewers per stream.


Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez is arguably one of the most well-known commentators in the esports scene. He has hosted multiple games including Call of Duty, Halo, and Overwatch. He was the primary host of the Overwatch League finals hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has an extensive portfolio of casting but has made the Overwatch League his home.

Goldenboy’s popularity shot up after a Twitch clip became popular about how he wanted and dreamed about becoming an esports caster and how it finally happened for him.

Chris Puckett

Chris Puckett has been on the scene in esports for a while now as he is a former professional Halo player. He is currently a commentator for the Overwatch League and has also worked with CS:GO. He provides a unique approach to esports and valued highly as a commentator.

Soe Gschwind-Penski

Soe Gschwind-Penski is known for being a Swiss commentator and a moderator for Freaks 4U Gaming GmbH. Gschwind-Penski has worked events such as BlizzCon, Gamescom, World Cyber Games, and The International. She is known for her work with World of Warcraft, Warcraft III, StarCraft II, Dota 2 and Overwatch. She hosts an esports show on German television.


Lastly but certainly not least is Eefie “Sjokz” Depoortere, the reigning Esports Personality of the Year winner. Sjokz is an interviewer for SK Gaming and CyberSportsNetwork. She has hosted a weekly League of Legends news recap show called Summoners Recap, while also hosting the European League of Legends Championship Series. She is one of the best on-screen talents in esports. Sjokz has a combined one million followers through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch.


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