Esports is one of the most exciting industries to get in on right now, with leading luxury brands, fashion collaborations and professional players reaping serious rewards from the competitive gaming boom.
Last night, the most prestigious event in the esports calendar, the annual Esports Awards – essentially the Oscars of pro gaming – held its biggest, most glamorous ceremony yet, and cemented the fact that the industry is bigger than ever. Now, it looks set to continue to skyrocket.
Gaming’s elite descended on one of the newest and most exciting luxury resorts in Las Vegas, Resorts World, for the occasion, to recognise and reward excellence in the industry from a momentous 12 months.
A selection of the world’s leading luxury brands, biggest influencers and key industry figures were in attendance, and with millions of viewers also tuning in to the live streamed show to join in the celebrations from home, too.
Hosted by Eefje ‘Sjokz” Depoortere and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, more than 40 awards were given in categories across entertainment, creative, pro, on-air talent and more – all the while against the backdrop of stunning cars from sponsor Lexus, with the incredible C 500 and NX 350 (100 Thieves NX) vehicles adorning the stage.
The star-studded event continued with special music performances by cinematic-rock band City of Sound and rapper bbno$, the unveiling of exclusive League of Legends Wild Rift themed cans from Coca-Cola and charity partner Leukemia and Lymphoma Society momentously smashing its fundraising goal of raising $50,000 USD which will go towards ground-breaking research, provide personalised patient support and more.
The night’s award winners included VALORANT for Esports Game of the Year, Players for Esports Content Series of the Year, and Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag was named Esports Personality of the Year.
It’s a clear reminder that esports is one of the biggest industries that brands and professionals can look to work with right now and into the future, with luxury labels like Gucci, Lexus and more all seizing the opportunity to work with the growing industry – and making serious waves as a result.
Expect things to only get bigger. Kieran Holmes-Darby, gaming director at Formula E, told us at the event that this year’s Esports Awards feels even bigger than other sports industry events: “Other sports industry awards have a similar setup and size – but because the Esports Awards are streamed live on Twitch, they gain a fan following as well. It makes it bigger.”
The sports and esports industry leader adds, “’I don’t think it’s going away, and I don’t think it’s slowing down its growth any time soon.”
Check out the full list of winners, below…
Esports Game of the Year presented by Amazon Music – VALORANT
Esports Mobile Game of the Year presented by Verizon – PUBG MOBILE
Content Group of the Year – S8ul Esports
Esports Play of the Year – Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken
Esports Cosplay of the Year presented by Crocs – Kinpatsu Cosplay
Esports Content Series of the Year – Players
Esports Creative of the Year presented by Roland – Christian Skimmeland
Esports Colour Caster of the Year – Andy ‘Bravo’ Dudynsky
Esports Play By Play Caster of the Year – Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott
Esports Content Creator of the Year – Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma
Esports Host of the Year – James ‘Dash’ Patterson
Esports Mobile Player of the Year presented by Verizon – Ceng ‘Order’ Zehai
Esports Team of the Year presented by Secretlab – LOUD (VALORANT)
Esports Personality of the Year presented by Coca-Cola – Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag
Esports Controller Player of the Year – Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper
Esports PC Player of the Year presented by RAID: Shadow Legends – Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
Streamer of the Year presented by Lexus – Ibai Llanos
Esports Organisation of the Year presented by Lexus – OpTic Gaming
Esports Coverage Platform of the Year presented by Sizzle Creative – Dexerto
Esports Hardware Provider of the Year – Logitech G
Esports Journalist of the Year presented by CTRL – Ashley Kang
Esports Supporting Service of the Year – Esports Engine
Panel’s Choice Award – Heather ‘Sapphire’ Garozzo
Esports Creative Team of the Year – LOUD
Esports Collegiate Program of the Year presented by Blinkfire Analytics – University of Hawai’i
Esports Desk Analyst of the Year presented by Aim Lab – Jessica ‘JessGOAT’ Bolden
Lifetime Achievement in Esports
Dennis ‘Thresh’ Fong
Emil “HeatoN” Christensen
Daniel ‘OGRE1’ Ryan
Tom ‘OGRE2’ Ryan
Morgan Romine, PhD
Esports Commercial Partner of the Year – Verizon
Esports Publisher of the Year – Riot Games
Esports Broadcast/Production Team of the Year – Riot Games
Esports Apparel of the Year – 100 Thieves
Esports Creative Piece of the Year – The Bellhop | Gucci Gaming Academy
Esports Photograph of the Year – Colin Young-Wolff
Esports Collegiate Ambassador of the Year – Christine Fan
Esports Coach of the Year – Andrii ‘B1ad3’ Horodenskyi
Esports Controller Rookie of the Year – Enzo ‘Seikoo’ Grondein
Esports PC Rookie of the Year – Ilya ‘m0NESY’ Osipov
- Find out more at EsportsAwards.com
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