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Luxury brands step out at the Esports Awards in Las Vegas to celebrate booming industry 

Esports Awards 2022

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.

Lexus at the Esports Awards 2022
Lexus presented the Esports Awards 2022 – and adorned the stage with stunning supercars

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. 

Eefje ‘Sjokz” Depoortere hosted the awards alongside Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez

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. 

Rapper bbno$ performs at the Esports Awards 2022

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. 

Juan 'Hungrybox' Debiedma at the Esports Awards 2022
Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma wins the award for Esports Content Creator of the Year

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. 

Esports Awards 2022 at Resorts World
Luxury brands, pro gamers and esports influencers descend on Resorts World Las Vegas

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

Alexander Garfield

Jason Lake

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

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