On the first day of the Overwatch League, the team took a moment to honor the memory of Dennis ‘INTERNETHULK’ Hawelka.
A legend of early Overwatch competition, having been part of the dominant EnVyUs squad, InternetHulk passed away suddenly in November 2017.
The tragedy sent shockwaves through the Overwatch community, touching not only those who had been fortunate enough to know him, but thousands of players and fans to whom he had been an inspiration, a model professional and a prime example of the fruits of determination and a positive attitude.
Though he had competed in other games, it wasn’t until the age of 29 – older than the age many esports pro’s have retired at – that InternetHulk turned his hand to Overwatch and reached the highest level of play. Refusing to give up on his dream, InternetHulk’s determination took him to the best team in the world.
Those who knew him spoke only of how positive and friendly he was, with both friends and strangers alike. From his personal accomplishments to his leadership and advice for others, InternetHulk was one of the most influential players in the world during the growth of competitive Overwatch.
To honor his legacy, Blizzard announced the Dennis Hawelka Award for the Overwatch League, which would be awarded after each season to the player who had the most positive impact on the community.
On the very first day of the Overwatch League, with more than 300,000 viewers on the stream, Blizzard took the opportunity to reiterate this intent, and played a video in memory of one of Overwatch’s truest heroes.