Esports Industry Awards 2017 Winners

The second annual Esports Industry Awards were held last night at The Brewery in London, England, and over 500,000 votes were cast across 20 categories. 


The event was held to honor the people and organizations that keep the world of esports alive, from individual players and casters, to teams and whole companies. It was a long event, so you may not have seen the whole thing. If you missed anything, scroll your way through this list to see who won each award.

22. Esports Game of the Year - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

This award was given to the game that helped advance esports the most throughout 2017. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had an action packed year full of major tournaments which no doubt helped to catapult the world of esports into the public eye.


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21. PC Player of the Year - Amer "Miracle-" Barqawi

Amer "Miracle-" Barqawi currently plays Dota 2 for Team Liquid. Throughout 2017, he took his team to first place finishes at StarSeries Season 3, DreamLeague Season 7, EPICENTER, The International 7, and the StarLadder i-League Invitational #2. Miracle- proved to be unstoppable this year, earning him this illustrious award. 


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20. Console Player of the Year - Matthew "FormaL" Piper

Console Player of the Year went to OpTic Gaming's Matthew "FormaL" Piper. FormaL began his gaming career playing Halo before switching over to Call of Duty. He joined OpTic Gaming following the release of Advanced Warfare, and the rest is history.


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19. Team of the Year – OpTic Gaming Call of Duty

OpTic Gaming's Call of Duty team reached legendary status this year, winning their first World Championship. With this win, Damon "Karma" Barlow became the first Call of Duty player ever to win three world titles.


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18. Breakthrough Game of the Year - PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

Everyone's favorite battle royal game has now begun its foray into the world of esports, and it has been welcomed with open arms. Although the game is still in early access, its gameplay is still expansive, engaging, and exciting, which contributes to a great viewing experience. 


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17. Streamer of the Year - Dr DisRespect

This breakout star has stolen the hearts of fans across the globe, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. The two-time champ rose to fame playing games such as H1Z1 and PUBG, while maintaining a hilarious personality. Expect to see a lot more of The Doc over the next couple of years.


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16. Publisher of the Year - Riot Games

A company like Riot Games needs no introduction, and it's no surprise that the creators of League of Legends could win such an award. Riot handles so much more than just the development and publishing of games though, as they also handle the organization of numerous tournaments and esports events. 


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15. Hardware Provider of the Year - Intel

Intel has been on the cutting edge of technology for decades, and now they lend their hand to the world of esports. Whether it's providing hardware, sponsoring teams, or even sponsoring whole tournaments, Intel is officially ingrained in esports and here to stay.


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14. Broadcaster of the Year - Alex "Machine" Richardson

Alex "Machine" Richardson proved he was in fact everyone's favorite caster, as he took home the award for Broadcaster of the Year. Machine covers a number of games and is always there to provide his signature sound. Some games just wouldn't sound the same without Machine's voice behind them.


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13. Coverage Website of the Year - ESPN Esports

ESPN has stepped their game up in the last couple of years, really breaking into the world of Esports. Able to understand that esports were gaining a more mainstream appeal, ESPN took their coverage to the next level and created a modern, professional organization. They are doing great things, and will continue to do so in the future.


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12. Journalist of the Year - Duncan "Thorin" Shields

Duncan "Thorin" Shields is the no-holds-barred "Esports Historian" who has been a part of the Counter-Strike scene for years. The man posses an insane knowledge of all things esports, and is always ready to provide a hot take. 


Whether he's at an event or recording from his home, he is without a doubt the most influential journalist in esports today.


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11. UK Player of the Year - Spencer "Gorilla" Ealing

Spencer "Gorilla" Ealing took home UK Player of the Year, thanks to his insane skills in FIFA 17. Dubbed by many as the best in the world, Gorilla won the FIFA Interactive World Cup by beating out Germany's Kai "Deto" Wollin.


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10. PC Rookie of the Year - Abay "HObbit" Khassenov

Abay "HObbit" Khassenov took the Counter-Strike world by storm in 2017, joining Gambit Esports on a loan before becoming officially active. Catching everyone off guard, HObbit used his raw skill to help Gambit secure a major victory at PGL Krakow 2017.


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9. Console Rookie of the Year - Victor "Punk" Woodley

Victor "Punk" Woodley snagged the Console Rookie of The Year due to his excellence in Street Fighter V. Punk had first place finishes at WCW6, DreamHack Austin, and at the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational. 


In short, it was quite the year for the young rookie, and this award is well deserved. 


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8. Photographer of the Year - Joe Brady

Photographers often go unappreciated and, unfortunately, the same thing exists in esports. This award was given to Joe Brady to honor his fantastic photographic work throughout the year. Joe worked tirelessly to capture beautiful photos at countless events, and his efforts certainly did not go unnoticed. 


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7. Live Event of the Year - League of Legends World Championships

The League of Legends World Championships was a massive event, taking place from Sep 23 through Nov 4, and featured 24 teams battling for a near $5,000,000 prize pool. In the end, there was an AR dragon, kings were slayed, and Samsung Galaxy were your champions of the world.


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6. Streaming Platform of the Year - Twitch

For the second year in a row, Twitch secured the award for Streaming Platform of the Year. This is relatively unsurprising, however, a number of other streaming platforms are starting to pop up. YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are all making efforts to improve their streaming platforms. 


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5. Videographer of the Year - Davis "OpTic Hitch" Edwards

Just like photographers, videographers sometimes do not get the recognition that they deserve. Davis "OpTic Hitch" Edwards is a member of OpTic Gaming that focuses on in-game filming and video editing. Every team needs a man behind the camera telling the story and Hitch is a shining example of hard work and dedication.


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4. Unsung Hero of the Year - Megan Cutrofello

Megan Cutrofello truly is an unsung hero, as it's highly likely that many people do not know who she is. Megan owns and operates EsportsWikis.com, a massive library of wikis pertaining to a number of different esports.


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3. Commercial Partner of the Year - GFUEL

GFUEL is considered the official drink of esports, and they take that role very seriously. They developed a great relationship with ELEAGUE, even rebranding ELEAGUE's Atlanta studio to the GFUEL ELEAGUE Arena. Companies like GFUEL are great because they show that commercial partners can do wonders for the world of esports. 


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2. Play of the Year - OpTic FormaL, CoD: Infinite Warfare

The play of the year went to OpTic FormaL for one of his crazy displays of skill in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. FormaL has a tendency to effortlessly bounce across the map, picking off headshots and racking up killstreaks before the enemy even knows what hit them.


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1. Personality of the Year - Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere

Lastly, personality of the year went to Eeje "Sjokz" Depoortere, who is currently the host of the EU League of Legends Championship Series. She rose to popularity on the desk and she's been a natural fit ever since. 


Well deserved, Sjokz!


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The Esports Industry Awards are a fantastic event used to commemorate the best and brightest in the field today. If you want to re-watch the event, you can catch the VOD right here. 


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