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Esports Awards 2020: All winners & nominees

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:00 Updated: 22/Nov/2020 0:01

by Andrew Amos

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The Esports Awards are back for 2020. Hundreds of industry heavyweights have been nominated for awards, and while there’s no in-person fanfare this year, there’s still going to be plenty of celebration. Here’s everything you need to know.

Since 2015, the Esports Awards has been “dedicated to showcasing top class performance and innovation from, amongst others, the players, teams, media, hardware providers, games, events and personalities within the scene.”

The Esports Awards are a time for the industry to celebrate the successes of the year. While in 2020 there hasn’t been much in the way of international competition or huge LANs, there’s still plenty of good to look back upon.

The industry awards are being held online this year due to the global health crisis, but that hasn’t stopped the fanfare. Be sure to stick with Dexerto ⁠as we take you through the two-day awards show live.

Esports Awards 2020 winners & nominees

Esports Content Series of the Year (Winner: Eavesdrop Podcast)

  • TSM Legends
  • G2 Voice Comms
  • The Hunt (Chicago Huntsmen)
  • The Heist (100 Thieves)
  • The Squad (Team Liquid)
  • The Story of (Score Esports)
  • Through The Smoke (Complexity)
  • Eavesdrop Podcast – Winner

Esports Hardware Provider of the Year (Winner: Elgato)

  • Razer
  • AMD
  • Logitech
  • Intel
  • Nvidia
  • HyperX
  • Corsair
  • Asus ROG
  • Alienware
  • Scuf Gaming
  • Elgato – Winner
  • Respawn

Esports Commercial Partner of the Year (Winner: Logitech)

  • Intel
  • Red Bull
  • Logitech – Winner
  • BMW
  • State Farm
  • Mastercard
  • Nike
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Mountain Dew Game Fuel

Lifetime Achievement in Esports

  • Daigo Umehara
  • Craig ‘Torbull’ Levine
  • Richard Lewis
  • Michael Sepso
  • Lim ‘Boxer’ Yo-hwan
  • Johnathan ‘FATAL1TY’ Wendel

Esports Coach of the Year (Winner: Heen)

  • Wilton ‘zews’ Prado
  • Raymond ‘Rambo’ Lussier
  • Tobias ‘tow b’ Herberhold
  • Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann
  • Park ‘Crusty’ Dae-hee
  • Lee ‘Zefa’ Jae-min
  • Lee ‘Heen’ Seung-gon – Winner
  • Robert ‘Chrome’ Gomez
  • Luo ‘BSYY’ Sheng
  • Justin ‘Lycan’ Woods

Esports Videographer of the Year (Winner: Logan Dodson)

  • Sean Do
  • Logan Dodson – Winner
  • Charles Dalton
  • Pete Nguyen
  • Cassidy Sanders
  • Perra Andersen
  • Julian Ramirez
  • Tuomo Vakeva
  • Esteban Martinez
  • Caroline Parker-Stark

Esports Photographer of the Year (Winner: Rich Lock)

  • Rich Lock – Winner
  • Michal Konkol
  • Eric Ananmalay
  • Peter Chau
  • Logan Dodson
  • Helena Kristiansson
  • Kyle Miller
  • Nuno Miranda
  • Stephanie Lindgren
  • Katy Eyre
  • Chris Ott
  • Radoslaw Makuch

Esports Analyst of the Year (Winner: Spunj)

  • Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill – Winner
  • Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare
  • Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black
  • Ioannis ‘Fogged’ Loucas
  • Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler
  • Lee ‘Wolf’ Jae-wan
  • Jacob ‘Pimp’ Winneche
  • Loviel ‘Velly’ Cardwell
  • Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson

Esports Collegiate Award (Winner: Rashad Appleton)

  • NACE
  • NUEL
  • College Carball
  • Kevin ‘Kebunbun’ Hoang
  • Tespa
  • Tyrelle ‘TyBuu’ Appleton – Winner
  • Maryville University
  • UC Irvine
  • Full Sail University

Esports Content Creator of the Year (Winner: UpUpDownDown)

  • Ashley Kang
  • Esports Talk
  • Musty
  • Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez
  • Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag
  • UpUpDownDown – Winner

Esports Personality of the Year (Winner: Ocelote)

  • Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez Santiago – Winner
  • Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez
  • Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag
  • Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere
  • Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok
  • Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez
  • Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black
  • Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo

Esports Publisher of the Year (Winner: Riot Games)

  • Riot Games – Winner
  • Valve
  • EA
  • Ubisoft
  • Epic Games
  • PUBG Corp
  • Psyonix
  • 2K
  • Supercell
  • Tencent
  • Activision Blizzard

Esports Mobile Game of the Year (Winner: Free Fire BR)

  • PUBG Mobile
  • Clash Royale
  • Clash of Clans
  • Free Fire – Winner
  • CoD Mobile
  • Arena of Valor
  • Brawl Stars
  • Mobile Legends

Esports PC Rookie of the Year (Keria)

  • Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won
  • Ryu ‘Keria’ Min-seok – Winner
  • Alec ‘Fultz’ Fultz
  • Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu
  • Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu
  • Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra

Esports Game of the Year (Winner: League of Legends)

  • League of Legends – Winner
  • CS:GO
  • Fortnite
  • Dota 2
  • F1 2019
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Rocket League
  • Valorant
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Esports Play of the Year (Winner: XANTARES)

  • Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin
  • Luke ‘Kendrew’ Kendrew
  • Justin ‘jstn.’ Morales
  • Ismailcan ‘XANTARES’ Dortkardes – Winner
  • Troy ‘Canadian’ Jaroslawski
  • Jacob ‘JKnaps’ Knapman
  • Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo
  • Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants
  • Mathieu ‘ZyWoo’ Herbaut
  • Paul ‘Hyper’ Kontopanagiotis
  • Jason ‘Beaulo’ Doty
  • G2 Esports (League of Legends)

Esports Coverage Website of the Year (Winner: Esports Observer)

  • ESPN
  • Dexerto
  • Esports Observer – Winner
  • Liquipedia
  • HLTV
  • The Score Esports
  • Inven Global
  • Esports Insider

Esports Console Player of the Year (Winner: Shotzzy)

  • James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks
  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro – Winner
  • Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt
  • Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter
  • Caden ‘Sypical’ Pellegrin
  • Jacob ‘JKnaps’ Knapman
  • Victor ‘Fairy Peak’ Locquet
  • Mossad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary

Esports Console Rookie of the Year (Winner: Shotzzy)

  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro
  • Jason ‘Firstkiller’ Corral
  • Henrique ‘Zezinho’ Lempke
  • Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal
  • Joris ‘Joreuz’ Robben
  • Joseph ‘Owakening’ Conley

Esports Content Team of the Year (Winner: LEC)

  • 100 Thieves
  • G2 Esports
  • 1UP Studios
  • Complexity
  • NRG
  • FaZe Clan
  • Cloud9
  • LEC – Winner
  • EUnited

Esports Journalist of the Year (Winner: Emily Rand)

  • Ashley Kang
  • Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis
  • Richard Lewis
  • Emily Rand – Winner
  • Adam Fitch
  • Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields
  • Jacob Wolf
  • Tyler Erzberger

Esports Caster of the Year – Color (Winner: KiXSTAr)

  • Joe ‘MerK’ De Luca
  • Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black
  • Andy ‘Vedius’ Day
  • Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare
  • Jason ‘moses’ O’Toole
  • Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy
  • Thomas ‘Chance’ Ashworth
  • Michael ‘KiXSTAr’ Stockley – Winner
  • Ioannis ‘Fogged’ Loucas
  • Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer

Esports Caster of the Year – Play by Play (Winner: CaptainFlowers)

  • Mitch ‘Uber’ Leslie
  • Clint ‘Maven’ Evans
  • Clayton ‘CaptainFlowers’ Raines – Winner
  • Trevor ‘Quickshot’ Henry
  • Daniel ‘Drakos’ Drakos
  • Ibai ‘Ibai’ Llanos
  • Anders ‘Anders’ Blume
  • Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat
  • Owen ‘ODPixel’ Davies

Esports Supporting Agency of the Year (Winner: CSA)

  • ESG Law
  • Hitmarker Jobs
  • The Story Mob
  • Esports Engine
  • Paper Crowns
  • Prodigy Agency
  • Character Select Agency – Winner

Esports Creative Team of the Year (Winner: Paper Crowns)

  • Popcorp
  • AoE Creative
  • Damian Estrada
  • Paper Crowns – Winner
  • Euller Araujo
  • Hugo Bonnamy
  • Gregory ‘SesoHQ’ Ortiz
  • Roma Bib
  • Visuals by Impulse

Esports Mobile Player of the Year (Winner: Zuxxy)

  • Peng ‘Fly’ Yunfei
  • Made Bagas ‘Luxxy’ Prabaswara
  • Bruno ‘Nobru’ Goes
  • Naman ‘MortaL’ Sandeep Mathur
  • Made Bagas ‘Zuxxy’ Pramudita – Winner
  • Luke ‘iFerg’ Fergie
  • Frank ‘Surgical Goblin’ Oskam

Esports PC Player of the Year (Winner: Nisha)

  • Mathieu ‘ZyWoo’ Herbaut
  • Zhou ‘Knight’ Ding
  • Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther
  • Kwon ‘Striker’ Nam-joo
  • Nathaniel ‘Rampy’ Duvall
  • Lasse Aukusti ‘Matumbaman’ Urpalainen
  • Michal ‘Nisha’ Jankowski – Winner
  • Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf
  • David Donizza
  • Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won
  • Troy ‘Canadian’ Jaroslawski
  • Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish

Esports Organization of the Year (Winner: G2 Esports)

  • G2 Esports
  • NRG
  • Team Liquid
  • Envy
  • Cloud9
  • Spacestation
  • 100 Thieves
  • TSM

Streamer of the Year (Winner: Ibai)

  • Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo
  • Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys
  • Tim ‘Timthetatman’ Betar
  • Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff
  • Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar
  • Alexandre ‘Gaules’ Borba
  • Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel
  • Ibai ‘Ibai’ Llanos – Winner
  • Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop
  • Naman ‘MortaL’ Sandeep Mathur
  • ‘Swagg’
  • ‘Asmongold’

Esports Host of the Year (Winner: Sjokz)

  • Ana Xisde
  • Chris ‘Puckett’ Puckett
  • Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere – Winner
  • Alex ‘Machine’ Richardson
  • Frankie Ward
  • Lottie Van-Praag
  • Jorien ‘Sheever’ van der Heijden
  • Soe ‘Soembie’ Gschwind
  • James ‘Dash’ Patterson
  • Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez

Esports Team of the Year (Winner: Team Secret)

  • Top Esports (League of Legends)
  • Shanghai Dragons (Overwatch)
  • Team Vitality (CS:GO)
  • Team Secret (Dota 2) – Winner
  • DAMWON Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Dallas Empire (Call of Duty)
  • G2 Esports (League of Legends)
  • Spacestation Gaming (Rainbow Six: Siege)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
  • Spacestation Gaming (Rocket League)
Valorant

Valorant First Strike Global Finals: North American predictions

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:34

by Andrew Amos

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Hundreds of Valorant teams have been whittled down to eight. However, only one can claim the title of the North American First Strike champions. Who’s set to take the crown? We’ve broken down the best teams ahead of the Global Finals.

Valorant First Strike was Riot’s indication that they’re ready to take the reigns on the hit FPS title’s esports scene. With the dust settling, and a hopeful future set for 2021 in the Valorant Champions Tour, First Strike is the best indication we will get ahead of the circuit next year.

Ahead of the North American leg of the Global Finals, we’ve broken down each and every team and where they sit in our predictions, so you know who to keep an eye on when games kick off on December 3.

First Strike NA predictions

8. FaZe Clan

FaZe Clan were just a couple of rounds away from missing out on First Strike entirely to a Gen.G still looking to find their former glory in the earlier days of Valorant. However, the hybrid CS:GO-Overwatch roster still has plenty to prove at First Strike.

Between the likes of Corey and babybay, there’s a lot of fire power on the FaZe Clan squad. However, their struggles on Future Earth have been with the strat book. If they can overcome that hurdle, there’s a chance FaZe can break into the top four. However, with their first battle up against Sentinels, it’s likely their run will be dashed out quickly.

7. Renegades

Renegades are arguably the surprise package of First Strike. They made it in during the first NSG qualifier, besting Cloud9 in a series many were expecting to be a wash. Making it in the first time around has obviously put all eyes on them.

Despite being the most inexperienced roster at First Strike NA, they’ve shown some hope and promise. However, one has to wonder if their performance was just a flash in the pan. There’s still a lot of legwork Renegades have to put in to be in top four contention, but they’ve done themselves a favor by claiming big scalps along the way.

6. T1

T1, on paper, has always been an incredible Valorant squad. We haven’t really seen that come to fruition yet though. They’ve tumbled out of every tournament they’ve played in earlier than expected, and haven’t really made a splash since the NSG Showdown way back in June.

While Brax has long been considered the star of this roster, Skadoodle has recently looked on fire with the role swap onto Jett. That, combined with the addition of Spyder, who is slowly working his way to the top, makes this T1 roster one to be feared. If they fall out early in First Strike though, questions will have to be raised about why this team has constantly disappointed.

5. Immortals

Immortals are a huge surprise package in North American Valorant. They’re one of the most exciting teams to watch, and they’ve got an incredible story line to go with it. Shanks was a huge performer for them in the UMG qualifiers for First Strike, but he won’t be returning if ShoT_Up is fit and able.

Immortals seem switched on in all departments, but especially with their strats. A huge hats-off has to be given to jcStani, who has been a rock for this team on the Omen. This is also a team that has fed talent to many of the other top teams in NA when you look at Asuna, Dicey, KOLER, and Bjor. Now, it’s time for them to get a result to potentially cement themselves in the top four.

4. 100 Thieves

100 Thieves have looked nothing short of incredible with Asuna and dicey in their ranks. We just spoke about their prowess under Immortals, and they’ve really proven it under the prestigious organization. After a rough start in Valorant, 100 Thieves have really carved out a space for themselves.

It feels like Hiko has finally been able to open up his wings, with Steel fine-tuning the calls to give him and Captain America nitr0 the chance to bring their signature CS:GO fire power to Valorant. On a good day, 100 Thieves can be the number one team in NA – we saw them beat Sentinels in the NSG qualifer – but they need some more time until they’re consistently at the top.

3. Team SoloMid

TSM is more than just the Wardell show now. Sure, the Jett-Operator specialist is still an absolute fragger, but now Wardell can have an off day and it’ll be fine because the likes of Subroza and Hazed will pick up the slack.

One has to remember that TSM is the most decorated team in NA Valorant. Plus, they’re the longest standing core in the scene, having not made a change in over six months. While they’ve been up and down in recent times, their UMG qualifier win is a sure indication that TSM has what it takes to reclaim the number one spot.

2. Team Envy

Envy have impressed far beyond many expected heading into First Strike. The pickups of Food and Crashies from T1 have been worth their weight in gold, elevating an already good lineup into a true title contender. However, it’s been Kaboose that has really risen to the occasion recently, with the flexible duelist topping the ACS charts for his team in the First Strike qualifiers.

The pieces have really started to click on this roster at the perfect time. One only needs to look at their dominant 3-0 sweep of 100 Thieves to claim the #1 seed. It feels like Envy are a real contender to Sentinels’ crown

1. Sentinels

And now we’re here, at number one. It’s been pretty much undisputed for months now, but Sentinels are by in large the number one team in North American Valorant. Much like TSM, their mantra has been sticking together through thick and thin, and it has netted results. Their 83% win rate across 52 maps speaks volumes to their dominance.

Everything in the Sentinels roster just fits perfectly. Sinatraa is well on his way on becoming a two-game MVP with his incredible Valorant skills. Former Complexity CS:GO star SicK has also been a standout performer, and the team as a whole has the flexibility to dive into a deep strat book to surprise enemies. They’ve done the hard yards to get here, now it’s just a matter of going through the motions and claiming the title.

Sentinels to dominate First Strike NA

Sentinels are the best squad in North America heading into the First Strike Global Finals, but there’s always the chance of an upset. The gap is certainly closing between them and the likes of Envy, TSM, and 100 Thieves, and First Strike could be the breaking point.