The annual Esports Awards saw many personalities from across the industry walk the red carpet.
The event is always a hot topic of conversation and this year was no different as some of the most popular teams and personalities in both esports and gaming had their work honored. Though the event saw fans of nominees that didn’t win frustrated in some cases, it’s worth taking a look at who came out on top and what they did to get there.
The content creator of the year category featured many popular personalities, including Travis Gafford, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, and more. Instead, it was Mini Ladd who was picked as content creator of the year.
Mini Ladd can occasionally be found on Twitch, but he has become one of the United Kingdom’s biggest influencers thanks to his massive following on YouTube, where he has over five million subscribers. He has attracted fans to his channel en masse thanks to his wide variety of content, which includes videos centered on Grand Theft Auto V, Mario Kart 8, UNO, and many other titles. He also vlogs and also does videos centered around memes.
A popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive commentator Henry “HenryG” Greer won the caster of the year reward, while one of the League of Legends’ favorite, Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith, took second place. Astralis coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen was also voted as the best coach of 2019.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest esports game this year was League of Legends. The MOBA celebrated its 10th birthday and recently finished its ninth esports season with the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, which also won the live event of the year award.
Breakthrough game of the year belongs to Smash Bros. Ultimate. The jump from the WiiU to the wildly popular Nintendo Switch has seen the Smash Bros. series gain a great deal of momentum within the space.
Fortnite’s 16-year-old world champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was picked as the best PC player of the year. Besides that, Fortnite personalities didn’t get a chance to shine at the Esports Awards.
The esports organization of the year award belongs to Team Liquid, which enjoyed major success across a number of titles in 2019. This includes taking second-place at The International 2019 in Dota 2, winning both LCS splits in League of Legends, qualifying for the PUBG Global Championship 2019 in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and enjoying a stint as the top-ranked team in CounterStrike: Global Offensive.
None of Liquid’s teams were voted as the best esports team, though. That title belongs to G2 Esports’ League of Legends team, the LEC squad that won both splits as well as the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.