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2018 Esports Awards – Winners and Final Results

Published: 12/Nov/2018 15:36 Updated: 14/Nov/2018 18:14

by Ross Deason


The 2018 installment of the Esports Awards will take place in London on Monday, November 12, featuring names and personalities from every corner of the industry.

The aim of the Esports Awards is to ‘acknowledge and rewards the outstanding achievement throughout the industry’ and previous winners in their respective fields include Dr DisRespect, Thorin and OpTic Gaming.

With the voting now closed, all that is left is to find out which personalities, games and companies have claimed the top prize.

How to watch

If you’re not lucky enough to be at The Brewery to see the awards in person, you’ll be pleased to hear that the entire show will also be available to view on most major streaming platforms, including Twitch and YouTube.

The Twitch and YouTube streams can be found below. The show is expected to go live at around 20:25 GMT (15:25 EST, 12:25 PST). Stay tuned for links to the YouTube, Twitter and Mixer streams.

The Winners

We’ll update this post with the winners of each award as they are announced and will be ordered starting with the first award given out. Bold represents the winner of the award.

Awards and finalists

Esports Unsung Hero Of The Year:

  • Milos ‘Faceit Mikey’ Nedeljkovic
  • Orien ‘Sheever’ van der Heijden
  • Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag
  • Brian ‘Terroriser’ Michael Hanby
  • Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo
  • Kim ‘Esports Mum’ Meltzer
  • Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ D.Donaldson
  • Ryan Morrison

Esports Videographer of the Year:

  • Damian Estrada
  • John ‘The Narwhal’ Farrar
  • Rhys Rasmussen
  • Gabriel Ruiz
  • Max Olivo
  • Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards
  • Robert ‘OhhRogerr’ Rogers
  • Philipp ‘Ohilian’ Neubauer

Streaming Platform of the Year:

  • Znipe
  • Facebook
  • Mixer
  • Twitter
  • Twitch
  • YouTube

Twitch accepts award for Streaming Service of the Year

Esports Breakthrough Game of the Year:

  • Battalion 1944
  • Clash Royale
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Arena of Valor
  • Fortnite
  • FIFA 18
  • NBA 2K18
Senior Game Designer Brian Lawson accepts award for Epic Games

Esports Console Rookie of the Year:

  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner
  • Kenny Williams
  • Mossad ‘MSdossary’ Aldossary
  • Donovan ‘F2TekKz’ Hunt
  • Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell
  • Alex ‘Alexx’ Carpenter
Kenny accepts award for Console Rookie of the Year after fantastic year with Team Kaliber

Esports PC Rookie of the Year:

  • Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau
  • Justin ‘jstn’ Morales
  • Cvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov
  • Yuadi ‘Wokka’ Ichise
  • Junyoung ‘Profit’ Park
  • Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen
  • Sung-hyeon ‘Jjonak’ Bang
  • Robin ‘ropz’ Kool
  • Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie
  • Jae-hyeok ‘Carpe’ Lee
Fnatic’s Bwipo accepts award for PC Rookie of the Year after LoL Worlds run

Esports Photographer of the Year:

  • Rich Lock
  • Robert Paul
  • João Ferreira
  • Chris Betancourt
  • Stephanie Lindgren
  • Joe Brady
  • Helena Kristiansson
  • Kyle Miller

Esports Coverage Website of the Year:

  • ESPN Esports
  • Inven Global
  • Liquidpedia
  • Dot Esports
  • HLTV
  • theScore
  • Charlie INTEL
  • Blitz Esports
  • Dexerto
ESPN Esports editor accepts award

Esports Team of the Year:

  • Astralis (CS:GO)
  • Team Liquid (LOL)
  • Fnatic (LOL)
  • Royal Never Give Up (LOL)
  • Team Liquid (PUBG)
  • Natus Vincere (CS:GO)
  • Nova Esports (Clash Royale)
  • Team Dignitas (Rocket League)
  • KT Rolster (LOL)
  • OG (DOTA)
  • Evil Geniuses (COD)
  • London Spitfire (Overwatch)
Astralis’ CSGO team accepts their award through video

Esports Supporting Agency of the Year:

  • Anna B. Baumann
  • Level 99
  • Evolved Talent Agency
  • Code Red Esports
  • Stark Esports
  • Freaks 4U Gaming
  • The National Association of Collegiate Esports
Player agents from Evolved Talent Agency accept the award

Esports Commercial Partner of the Year:

  • Rocket Mortgage
  • Intel
  • Dr Pepper
  • Alienware
  • HTC
  • Turtle Wax
  • G Fuel
  • OMEN
  • T-Mobile
  • Toyota
  • Betway
  • HyperX
  • Gillette

Esports Journalist of the Year:

  • Travis Gafford
  • Tyler ‘Fionnonfire’ Erzberger
  • Mike Kent
  • Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields
  • Richard Lewis
  • Emily Rand
  • Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau
  • Jacob Wolf
  • Laure Valee
  • Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis
Jacob Wolf accepts the award while defending journalism and paying respects to his late friend

Esports Hardware Provider of the Year:

  • Intel
  • Nvidia
  • Logitech
  • OMEN
  • GT Omega
  • Turtle Beach
  • SCUF Gaming
  • Corsair
  • Razer
  • HyperX
  • Republic of Gamers
  • Zowie
Nvidia accepts award for Hardware Provider of the Year

Community Award: Esports Play of the Year goes to FaZe Attach!

Esports Live Event of the Year:

  • Clash Royale Crown Championship
  • The Six Invitational 2018
  • League Of Legends World Championship 2018
  • Rocket League Championship Series
  • PUBG Global Invitational 2018
  • EVO 2018 Championship Series
  • FACEIT Major 2018
  • The International 2018
  • IEM Katowice 2018
  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • Call of Duty World League Championship 2018
  • Overwatch League Grand Final 2018
Montecristo accepts the award while throwing shots at DJ Khaled

Esports Broadcaster of the Year:

  • Richard Buckley & Brandon Smith
  • Laure Valée
  • Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge
  • Clint ‘Maven’ Evans
  • Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Kjell Mykles
  • Alex ‘Machine’ Richardson
  • Mitch ‘Uber’ Leslie
  • Eefie ‘sjokz’ Depoortere
  • James Bardolph
  • Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez
  • Trevor ‘Quickshot’ Henry
  • Soe Gschwind Penski
Maven accepts award for Esports Broadcaster of the Year

Esports Publisher of the Year:

  • Activision
  • Capcom
  • Epic Games
  • Ubisoft
  • Riot Games
  • Valve
  • Psyonix
  • Blizzard
  • EA
  • PUBG
Blizzard accepts award after Deji pulls an intentional Steve Harvey on the announcement

Esports Game of the Year:

  • League of Legends
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Dragon Ball Fighterz
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment

Esports Personality of the Year:

  • Eefie ‘sjokz’ Depoortere
  • Chris Puckett
  • Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins

  • Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop
  • Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo
  • Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek’
  • Soe Gschwind Penski
  • Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm
  • Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez
  • Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag
Ninja sends a video to accept the award for esports personality of the year

Streamer of the Year:

  • Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm
  • Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins
  • Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop
  • Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani
  • Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp
  • Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar
  • David ‘StoneMountain64’ Steinberg
  • Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys
  • Felix ‘XQC’ Lengyel
  • Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek
Ninja wins his second award of the night

Esports Console Player of the Year:

  • Nick Kolcheff ‘Nick Mercs’
  • William Peter Hjelte ‘Leffen’
  • Mossad ‘MSdossary’ Aldossary
  • Adam Garcia ‘Assault’
  • Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean
  • Kenny Williams
  • Benjamin Simon ‘Problem X’
  • Hajime ‘Tokido’ Tanigychi
  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro

Esports Organisation of the Year:

  • Echo Fox
  • Team Liquid
  • Cloud9
  • OpTic Gaming
  • 100 Thieves
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Envy
  • G2 Esports
  • Team SoloMid
  • Fnatic
London Spitfire General Manager Susie Kim accepts the award on behalf of Cloud 9

Valorant First Strike Global Finals: North American predictions

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:34

by Andrew Amos


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.