E-sports history was made last night with the first ever eSports Industry Awards.
The first of its kind, the event awarded international achievements across the industry, from teams and streamers to the technology that makes it all possible. 18 awards were presented in total, each acknowledging excellence in a specific area, including eSports game of the year and awards for journalism and media coverage.
The ceremony was hosted by Julia Hardy of BBC Radio 1 and the Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury at The Brewery in central London, and streamed live to an audience of over 40,000 Twitch viewers.
The passionate audience of eSports has proved appealing to advertisers and sponsors, whose revenues make up the vast majority of the industry’s finances. The attention the awards show received through Twitch and social media platforms marks the rising popularity of eSports globally and the event celebrated the commercial growth of an industry with annual revenues that now exceed $500 million, a 25% year on year rise according to a report from Deloitte earlier this year.
There were 18 categories in total, here is the complete list of the night’s winners;
- eSports Journalist of the Year – Richard Lewis
- eSports Photographer of the Year – Robert Paul
- Best eSports Coverage Website – theScore eSports
- UK eSports Player of the Year – Callum “Swanny” Swan
- Best Hardware Provider – Scuf Gaming
- New eSports Game of the Year – Overwatch
- eSports Rookie of the Year – Amer “Miracle-” al-Barqawi
- eSports Broadcaster of the Year – Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat
- eSports Live Event of the Year – The International 6
- eSports Team of the Year – Team EnVyUs
- eSports Commercial Partner of the Year – Monster
- Best Streaming Platform – Twitch
- Console Player of the Year – Seth “Scump” Abner
- PC Player of the Year – Marcelo “Coldzera” David
- eSports Publisher of the Year – Valve
- Streamer of the Year – Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana
- eSports Game of the Year – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- eSports Personality of the Year – Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo