As 2018 draws to a close we celebrate the various personalities in the E-Sports Scene and their various achievements. Here is the complete list of awards given during the 2018 E-Sports Awards.
Photographer of the Year — Helena Kristiansson
A freelance photographer and owner of esportphoto.com, Helena has been photographing E-Sports events since it’s grassroot days over a decade ago. Her company is regarded as the pinnacle of E-Sport photography and it’s popularity would agree with this assessment.
Videographer of the Year with adi.tv – David “Hitch” Edwards
Optic Gaming’s “Hitch” has been the organization’s videographer/editor for many years, being highly instrumental in the development and release of the documentary series Vision. The documentary gives some insight into the organization’s mission, providing vital behind-the-scenes footage that the fans have craved for so long.
Breakthrough Game of the Year – Fortnite
Bursting onto the scene in late 2017, Fortnite has quickly grown into the most concurrently played game in the world blazing past veterans like World Of Warcraft and League Of Legends and cementing itself as the top FPS. The F2P model is to thank for this as a whopping 78.3 million players would play the game in the month of August 2018 alone, just a year after Battle Royale’s release.
Streamer of the Year – Tyler “Ninja” Bevins
After becoming the first E-Sports personality to appear in TIME magazine, the 26 year old cemented himself in the Gaming Hall of Fame. Pulling in a staggering $560,000 a month streaming, he is by far the most successful professional gamer, achieving this through his excellence at the aforementioned Fortnite. He is proof of just how popular Fortnite is and the sheer potential of the E-Sports scene.
PC Player of the Year with Turtle Beach — Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Natus Vincere’s “s1mple” is the deadshot of the organization, being touted as arguably the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the world. The Ukrainian began as a paramount officer, he would quickly gain prominence with sniper rifles and go on to win five of the six tournaments he played in between 2016 and 2018.
PC Rookie of the Year with Intel — Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau
League Of Legends veterans Fnatic gaming, added this electric top laner to their roster in August 2017, and the newcomer has since risen above expectations helping Fnatic win seven out of the nine total tournaments they played over the past year. The resurgence of the European giants can only be attributed to the addition of Bwipo, along with the continued brilliance of the seemingly indomitable Rekkles (Martin Larsson) and the return of the prodigal son sOAZ (Paul Boyer) who would serve as top lane substitute.
Organization of the Year with with Coutts & Co — Cloud 9
It seems like just yesterday we heard that Quantic Gaming was being bought out by Jack Etienne. Cloud 9 would debut soon after in the North American League Of Legends Championship Series where it would quickly become a crowd favorite. The teams performances in the subsequent competitions would catapult them into the undisputed best North American team, above the likes of TSM, CLG and Dignitas. The organization then began to expand, adding new games to their rosters. As of 2018, Cloud 9 has teams for League of Legends, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Rocket League, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Super Smash Bro’s Melee, Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Fortnite, Clash Royale, H1Z1, and Rules Of Survival: Battle Royale.
Team of the Year with H4X.gg – Astralis
The Danish Counterstrike: Global Offensive team have been nothing short of godlike within the past two years. The team has recorded ten successive tournament victories since 2016, winning a grand total of $2,679,000 in prize money. Yes you read that right. Nearly $2.7M in prize money alone in two years. Their dominance in the scene is unprecedented and one can only wonder how long they will manage to keep up this incredible feat. Fun fact: Since the map “de_nuke” returned to the competitive map pool in February 2018, Astralis Gaming not lost a single LAN game on the map. (24 games).
Personality of the Year – Ninja
Not much else can be said about Ninja. His influence across the web is immense, sporting 5 million followers on Twitch and 3.62 million followers on Twitter. His stream is consistently the most watched on Twitch, and his Fortnite strategies are quickly adapted by his followers and become staples before long. (Double pump, Pump->SMG).
Play of the Year — Dillon “Attach” Price
Faze Gaming’s Attach had a scintillating year. His performances in Call Of Duty: Ghosts earned him the award after he lead his team to a comeback victory in a nailbiting finale against Optic Gaming hunting down Crimsix with thirteen seconds on the clock.
Coverage Website of the Year with Sizzle Creative — ESPN Esports
No one was surprised when the sport news channel announced that they would be taking a more hands-on approach to E-Sports coverage. The market was there, and the people were more than willing to pay for it. The real surprise came in June 2018, when a deal between ESPN and Activision Blizzard to cover Overwatch competitive games was announced. The deal took the E-sports viewing experience from computers to cable TV channels. This deal is set to revolutionize the E-Sports reporting experience, and viewers can expect more games to be covered in the future, as the industry ramps up.
Supporting Agency of the Year — Evolved Talent Agency
The company specializes in providing representation for E-Sports players and content creators, effectively serving as a liaison between them and the various organizations in the E-Sports industry. In June 2018, they announced a partnership with ICM Partners, seeking to provide “ancillary opportunities and strategies” for their clients. These include the likes of: Overwatch players Brandon “Seagull” Larned, Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim, André “IDDQD” Dahlström, and Lane “Surefour” Roberts, League of Legends player Apollo “Apollo” Price, and cosplayer Stella Chuu.
Game of the Year – Overwatch
Two years after it’s release, Overwatch continues to experience success, becoming the first E-Sports game to have a tournament air live on primetime ESPN with 10.8 million total viewers during the event. The Overwatch League (OWL) Finals had 869,000 viewers tune in for the final game series with the London Spitfires winning the $1 million grand prize, crushing the Philadelphia Fusion en route to the title.
The remaining awards are as follows:
Commercial Partner of the Year — Intel
Journalist of the Year — Jacob Wolf
Hardware Provider of the Year — Nvidia
Publisher of the Year — Blizzard
Streaming Platform of the Year — Twitch
Console Player of the Year with Scuf Gaming — MsDossary
Console Rookie of the Year — Kenny
Broadcaster of the Year with Blinkfire — Maven
Live Event of the Year with Touch of Ginger — Overwatch League Grand Finals
Unsung hero of the Year — Milos Nedeljikovic