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THE ESPORTS AWARDS PRESENTED BY LEXUS NAMES RIOT GAMES, 100 THIEVES, AND DISCORD AS WINNERS

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THE ESPORTS AWARDS PRESENTED BY LEXUS NAMES RIOT GAMES, 100 THIEVES, AND DISCORD AS WINNERS

 

The Esports Awards presented by Lexus, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to share the full list of winners from this year’s star-studded event which saw a return to a live ceremony after 735 days at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas. As the perfect backdrop to celebrate and honour the accomplishments of 2021, the Esports Awards played host to some of the biggest brands, organisations, and influencers from the esports industry and beyond.

Hosted by Eefje ‘sjokz’ Depoortere, James ‘Dash’ Patterson, Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez, Soe Gschwind, Nyvi Estephan and Thom ‘F.’ Badinger, the Esports Awards provided an evening of excellence, celebration and prestige. Key moments from the evening included Lexus showcasing the Gamers’ IS, a one-of-a-kind vehicle designed by and for gamers, and digital appearances from Jürgen Klopp, Luke Combs and Steve Aoki. As well as this, money was raised across the event for Make-A-Wish, with the Truman Factory announcing they were donating $10,000 towards the great cause.

Amongst the biggest winners of the night was Riot Games, picking up awards for both Esports Broadcast/Production Team of The Year and Esports Publisher of The Year, with its FPS title VALORANT taking home Esports Game of The Year In Association With The Koyo Store. 100 Thieves was named winners for both Esports Apparel of The Year and Esports Organisation of The Year Presented by Lexus.

In the Pro and On-Air categories, Marc Robert “Caedrel” Lamont was named Esports Analyst of The Year, Zhu “paraboy” Bocheng took home the Esports Mobile Player of The Year Presented By Verizon trophy and recent PGL CS:GO Major winner Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev was named Esports PC Player of The Year.

The full list of Esports Awards presented by Lexus winners are:

 

ESPORTS APPAREL OF THE YEAR

  • 100 Thieves – WINNER
  • Team Liquid
  • G2 Esports
  • Cloud9
  • FaZe Clan
  • Ateyo
  • Fnatic
  • Spacestation Gaming
  • Fallen Store
  • Team Vitality

 

ESPORTS CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY ARLINGTON.ORG

  • HECZ
  • LS
  • Ashley Kang – WINNER
  • Thorin
  • Macie Jay
  • UpUpDownDown
  • BananaSlamJamma (BSJ)
  • Musty
  • Sunless Khan
  • iFerg
  • Coconut Brah
  • NadeKing

 

ESPORTS MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY VERIZON

  • PUBG Mobile
  • Free Fire – WINNER 
  • Brawl Stars
  • Clash Royale
  • LoL Wild Rift
  • CoD Mobile
  • Arena of Valor
  • Mobile Legends

 

ESPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA 

  • HECZ
  • Ocelote
  • Sjokz
  • Nobru – WINNER
  • Nadeshot
  • FalleN
  • Interro
  • Perkz
  • Goldenboy
  • Baiano
  • JohnnyBoi_i

 

STREAMER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY LEXUS

  • Valkyrae
  • XQC
  • MortaL
  • Ludwig
  • Nickmercs
  • TheGrefg
  • LOUD Coringa
  • Summit1G
  • Dr Disrespect
  • Ibai – WINNER 
  • Shroud
  • CouRage

 

ESPORTS CONTENT SERIES OF THE YEAR

  • The Process – OpTic Gaming
  • G2 Voicecomms
  • TSM: LEGENDS
  • LORE // VALORANT
  • Metagame Documentary – WINNER 
  • The Eavesdrop Podcast
  • Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS
  • DOTA: Dragon’s Blood
  • Liquid Origins | Driven by Honda

 

ESPORTS COSPLAY OF THE YEAR

  • Sneaky
  • Glory Lamothe
  • Peyton Cosplay – WINNER 
  • Willow Creative
  • Kinpatsu Cosplay
  • LittleJem
  • Skydaddi
  • FusRoFran

 

ESPORTS CREATIVE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY ROLAND

  • Thorsten Denk – WINNER 
  • LIQUID Enigma
  • Aaron Create
  • SesoHQ
  • Euller Araujo
  • Gabriel Ruiz
  • Karina Ziminaite
  • Caroline Parker-Stark
  • Danny Lopez
  • Robert Rogers

 

ESPORTS CREATIVE PIECE OF THE YEAR

  • Introducing Team Liquid VALORANT
  • FaZe Clan Enters Rocket League
  • LEC Anime Teaser
  • No Clue | adidas Partners with G2 Esports – WINNER 
  • Metagame Documentary
  • LEC: Reckless with my heart
  • Introducing Your LA THIEVES
  • LPL Spring Split 2021 | Break The Silence
  • Segue o Fluxo| Nobru and Cerol introduce the new LBFF Team

 

ESPORTS CREATIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • WePlay
  • Paper Crowns
  • AOE Creative
  • 100 Thieves
  • G2 Esports
  • 1UP Studios
  • StreamSpell
  • Alex Productions – WINNER 
  • GETREKT Labs

 

ESPORTS VIDEO PRODUCTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • G2 Esports – WINNER
  • 100 Thieves
  • TSM FTX
  • YUNG ELDR
  • OpTic Gaming
  • 1UP Studios
  • FaZe Clan
  • Metagame Documentary Team
  • LOUD
  • Fluxo

 

ESPORTS BROADCAST/PRODUCTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • Riot Games – WINNER 
  • ESL Gaming
  • Nerd Street Gamers
  • Psyonix
  • Esports Engine
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Beyond the Summit
  • BLAST Premier
  • Garena
  • FACEIT

 

ESPORTS COMMERCIAL PARTNER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY GRIND GAMING

  • Intel – WINNER 
  • Red Bull
  • BMW
  • State Farm
  • Logitech G
  • Mountain Dew
  • HyperX
  • Alienware
  • Verizon
  • FTX
  • Cash App
  • KITKAT

 

ESPORTS COVERAGE PLATFORM OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH SIZZLE CREATIVE

  • Dexerto
  • The Esports Observer – WINNER 
  • Esports Insider
  • Dot Esports
  • HLTV.org
  • Liquipedia
  • Esportmaníacos
  • Inven Global
  • SiegeGG
  • Upcomer

 

ESPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE KOYO STORE

  • League of Legends
  • VALORANT – WINNER 
  • Free Fire
  • CS:GO
  • Call of Duty
  • Rocket League
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Dota 2
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Overwatch

 

ESPORTS HARDWARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

  • Logitech G
  • Razer
  • Elgato
  • HyperX
  • NVIDIA
  • Intel
  • AMD
  • Alienware
  • Secretlab
  • Corsair – WINNER 
  • SteelSeries
  • ASUS ROG

 

ESPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jacob Wolf
  • Richard Lewis
  • Adam Fitch
  • Ashley Kang
  • FionnOnFire
  • Kevin Hitt – WINNER
  • Liz Richardson
  • Wasif Ahmed
  • Pablo ‘Bloop’ Suárez
  • H.B. Duran

 

ESPORTS PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

  • Riot Games – WINNER 
  • Tencent
  • Garena
  • Ubisoft
  • Psyonix
  • EA
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Epic Games
  • Valve

 

ESPORTS SUPPORTING SERVICE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY UNION HOME MORTGAGE

  • ESG LAW
  • Paper Crowns
  • Aftershock Media Group
  • Hitmarker
  • Discord – WINNER 
  • The Story Mob
  • ESEA
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • Character Select Agency
  • Prodigy Agency
  • Mobalytics

 

ESPORTS COLLEGIATE AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

  • Dr. Chris “Doc” Haskell – WINNER 
  • Adam Antor
  • Chris Turner
  • Ariane Lim
  • Ryan Johnson

 

ESPORTS COLLEGIATE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • Northwood University
  • Boise State University
  • Maryville University – WINNER 
  • Grand Canyon University
  • University of Hawai’i
  • Buckeye Gaming Collective – Ohio State University
  • Longhorn Gaming – University of Texas at Austin
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Illini Esports – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Winthrop University

 

ESPORTS ANALYST OF THE YEAR

  • Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler
  • Emily Rand
  • Jacob “Pimp” Winneche
  • Jess ‘JessGOAT’ Bolden
  • Marc Robert “Caedrel” Lamont – WINNER
  • Kyle “melonzz” Freedman
  • Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson
  • Sean “sgares” Gares
  • Jason “moses” O’Toole

 

ESPORTS COLOUR CASTER OF THE YEAR

  • Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill – WINNER
  • Mohan “launders” Govindasamy
  • Michael “KiXSTAr” Stockley
  • Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson
  • Thomas “Chance” Ashworth
  • Andrew “Vedius” Day
  • Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler
  • John “Johnnyboi_i” MacDonald
  • Stephen “Sajam” Lyon

 

ESPORTS HOST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY ARLINGTON.ORG

  • Eefje ‘sjokz’ Depoortere – WINNER
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Soe Gschwind
  • James “Dash” Patterson
  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden
  • Ana Paula ‘Ana Xisdê’ Cardoso
  • Loviel “Velly” Cardwell
  • Tres “stunna” Saranthus
  • Brody “Liefx” Moore
  • Ghassan “MiloshTheMedic” Finge
  • Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons
  • Chris “Puckett” Puckett

 

ESPORTS PLAY BY PLAY CASTER OF THE YEAR

  • Parker “Interro” Mackay
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Miles Ross – WINNER 
  • Trevor “Quickshot” Henry
  • Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines
  • Mitch “Uber” Leslie
  • Callum “Shogun” Keir
  • Owen “ODPixel” Davies
  • Lauren “Pansy” Scott
  • BrunoClash

 

ESPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY EXPEDIA

  • James “Crowder” Crowder
  • James “Mac” MacCormack
  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
  • Andrii “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi
  • Dyjair “Mity” Soares
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun
  • Arthur “TchubZ” Martins
  • Emiliano “Sizz” Benny
  • Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov
  • Byung-chul “Moon” Moon – WINNER 
  • Mark “MarkyB” Bryceland

 

ESPORTS CONTROLLER PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCUF

  • Chris “Simp” Lehr – WINNER
  • Justin “jstn.” Morales
  • Eric “Snip3down” Wrona
  • Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris
  • Joseph “Mang0” Marquez
  • Evan “M0nkey M00n” Rogez
  • Jack “JBM” Mascone
  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
  • Victor “Fairy Peak!” Locquet

 

ESPORTS CONTROLLER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCUF

  • Jamie “Insight” Craven
  • Evan “M0nkey M00n” Rogez – WINNER 
  • Raúl “DmentZa” Palazuelos
  • Eli “Standy” Bentz
  • Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez
  • Marc “MaRc_By_8.” Domingo
  • Andres “dreaz” Jordan

 

ESPORTS MOBILE PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY VERIZON

  • Zhu “paraboy” Bocheng – WINNER 
  • Mohamed “Mohamed Light” Tarek
  • Gabriel “Syaz” Vasconcelos
  • Mustafa “SkYRiiKZz” Ibrahim
  • Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno
  • Jash “Learn” Shah
  • Piyapon “TheCruz” Boonchuay
  • Brian “Tectonic” Michel
  • Lucas “LucasXGamer” Vinícius Batista Rocha
  • Cauan “Cauan7” da Silva

 

ESPORTS ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY LEXUS

  • LOUD
  • 100 Thieves – WINNER 
  • G2 Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • FaZe Clan
  • NRG
  • TSM FTX
  • Fnatic
  • Cloud9
  • T1
  • Envy
  • OverActive Media

 

ESPORTS PC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev – WINNER
  • Luccas “Paluh”  Vinicius Molina
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Wang “Ame” Chunyu
  • Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang
  • Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov
  • Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin
  • Jae-Won “LIP” Lee

 

ESPORTS PC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY INDEED

  • Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki
  • Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
  • Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin
  • Adam “Adam” Maanane
  • Valeriy “B1T” Vakhovskiy – WINNER
  • Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov
  • Se-hyun “Pelican” Oh
  • Robin “Robinsongz” Sung

 

ESPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH SECRETLAB

  • Atlanta FaZe (CDL) – WINNER
  • The General NRG (Rocket League)
  • Natus Vincere (NAVI) (CS:GO)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (Rainbow 6)
  • DWG KIA (League of Legends)
  • PSG.LGD (Dota 2)
  • MAD Lions (LoL)
  • Gambit Esports (VALORANT)
  • Shanghai Dragons (Overwatch)
  • Sentinels (VALORANT)

 

PANEL’S CHOICE AWARD

  • Jas “Fizzi” Laferriere – WINNER 

 

ESPORTS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

  • Eric Ananmalay – WINNER 

 

ESPORTS PLAY OF THE YEAR

  • Virtue – WINNER

“As we conclude our sixth year I think it’s important to sit back and recognise just how far the esports industry has grown and the increased innovation and dedication we see year after year. I am so thrilled that we were able to return to a live event and give our winners the opportunity to be celebrated in true style. At the Esports Awards we pride ourselves on creating a lasting legacy and this year’s event has certainly been one for the history books,” said Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards

 

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DreamHack Dallas Hosts Over $1M in Esports Competitions Across Marquee Titles

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ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, and DreamHack, a leading global gaming festival, have announced a full slate of esports programming for DreamHack Dallas, taking place the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2024, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

One of DreamHack’s longest-running North American gaming festivals, DreamHack Dallas features everything gaming under one roof. From the world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, panels, and an expo, to art, cosplay, creator meet-and-greets, and much more, DreamHack Dallas offers attendees a great variety of activities for an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, the festival will host 13 unique esports competitions – including iconic titles like Counter-Strike 2, Overwatch, StarCraft® II, and more to come – with over $1 million in total prizing.

For the first time, several DreamHack Dallas esports events – including competitions in EA SPORTS FC™ 24, Tekken 8, Street Fighter 6, and more – will offer aspiring competitors the chance to qualify for this summer’s debut Esports World Cup. With new pipelines to a $60 million prize pool and a global audience in Riyadh, DreamHack is offering more opportunities than ever for grassroots talent to fight their way to the world stage.

Esports has been part of the fabric of DreamHack Dallas since the festival’s inception, and we’re excited once again to welcome tens of thousands of fans this summer to celebrate their favorite competitive titles,” said Shahin Zarrabi, Vice President, Festivals, ESL FACEIT Group. “From the 100th IEM event to the first-ever OWCS live event and qualifiers for Esports World Cup, DreamHack is celebrating every type of gamer, from world-class competitors to the next breakout stars.”

Dallas Hosts 16 Top Counter-Strike 2 Squads for 100th IEM Event

The birthplace of North American Counter-Strike esports will invite 16 of the world’s best teams to clash in Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Dallas, the 100th IEM event. With an ESL Pro Tour (EPT) Masters trophy, $250,000 in prizing, and qualification to an EPT Championship up for grabs, fans will watch as hometown heroes challenge international hopefuls in the US’s biggest Counter-Strike event of the year.

Overwatch Luminaries Assemble for First-Ever International Live Event for OWCS

The first-ever in-person Major tournament of Blizzard Entertainment and EFG’s Overwatch Champions Series invites eight of our competitive region’s top teams for a three-day showcase of industry-class talent. Featuring a prize pool supported by crowdfunding, fans can watch the action unfold live – or at home with the official broadcast or partnered co-streams – as teams face off to be the first team to claim an international OWCS title and qualify to compete at Esports World Cup.

ESL Impact Returns to DreamHack Dallas with $123K Season Finale

ESL Impact, a global all-women Counter-Strike circuit, returns to DreamHack Dallas for the exciting conclusion of Season 5 of competition. Eight of the world’s best women’s Counter-Strike teams representing North America, Europe, South America, and Asia will face off to see who will claim the title and the lion’s share of the $123,000 prize pool.

ESL Pro Tour in StarCraft® II Makes Masters Stop at DreamHack Dallas

The EPT in StarCraft® II, the title’s premier global esports circuit, continues with the ESL SC2 Masters: Spring 2024 Finals at DreamHack Dallas. Not only will competitors battle for their share of the $100,000 prize pool, but the opportunity to qualify for StarCraft® II competition at this summer’s inaugural Esports World Cup.

EA SPORTS FC™ 24 at DreamHack Dallas Kicks off Esports World Cup Qualifications

Electronic Arts’ soccer title, EA SPORTS FC™ 24, comes to DreamHack Dallas for the first time this summer with a world-class tournament. With the top two players securing their spot at Esports World Cup this August, the competition offers up to 250 competitors their first opportunity to qualify for EWC, in addition to $100,000 USD in total prizing.

Fighting Games take Center Stage with New DreamHack Fighters, Esports World Cup Tournaments

DreamHack’s marquee fighting game hub, DreamHack Fighters, brings six open tournaments to Dallas, including a mix of modern mainstays and FGC classics. Open to all registered attendees, competitors can face off to claim a slice of the $16,000 total prize pool. Participating titles include:

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Singles ($5,000)
  • UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes (UNI 2) ($2,500)
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising ($2,500)
  • Guilty Gear Strive ($2,500)
  • Mortal Kombat 1 ($2,500)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Doubles ($1,000)

For the first time, DreamHack will also host competitions in Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6, which include the chance to qualify for Esports World Cup. Both tournaments offer $50,000 in prizing each, as well as pipelines to compete on some of the titles’ biggest stages in Riyadh this summer.

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Zenni Optical Announces Partnership with ESL FACEIT Group (EFG)

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Zenni Optical, the world’s leading online eyewear retailer, announced a partnership with ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company. Designed to integrate eye health education with innovative eyewear solutions for the esports community, the partnership will officially launch at DreamHack festival in Dallas, taking place from May 31 to June 2.

This collaboration will showcase a co-branded collection of lifestyle and competitive eyewear and accessories, highlighting Zenni Optical’s commitment to promoting overall eye health, particularly in addressing issues like eye fatigue and strain. Additionally, the initiative will incorporate essential eye health education across various DreamHack Festivals, in alignment with EFG’s broader mission to foster inclusive gaming worlds and engaged, supported communities.

“DreamHack and ESL represent some of the most community-centric and prestigious competitive events in the world. In their own unique ways, they embody esports for everyone. By partnering with these incredible brands across the gaming and esports spaces, we aim to create engaging experiences that combine eye-health education with innovative eyewear solutions for players and fans at all levels,” said Robb Chiarini, Head of Gaming, Sports, & Events at Zenni Optical.

“We are thrilled to partner with Zenni Optical as the Official Eyewear Partner of DreamHack and ESL. The genuine passion that Zenni has for the esports industry is a refreshing sight to see, and a major driving factor for the decision behind our partnership. Zenni’s ongoing commitment to provide eyewear for everyone mirrors our own drive to create worlds beyond gameplay for gamers everywhere,” Craig Levine, Co-CEO at EFG, said.

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CREAM CITY CONVERGENCE ESPORTS TOURNAMENT SELECTED AS CAPCOM PRO TOUR EVENT

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Bucks Gaming’s Cream City Convergence Esports Tournament has been selected as a Capcom Pro Tour event, becoming one of just three tournaments in North America chosen to be a qualifier for the prestigious Capcom Cup.

The Capcom Cup is an annual Street Fighter 6 competition, hosted by video game developer and esports organizer Capcom, with a $1 million first place prize. Each year, Capcom selects a small number of tournaments worldwide to serve as Capcom Pro Tour events, with the winning players from each event qualifying for the Capcom Cup. As one of the tournaments selected by Capcom for the honor this year, Cream City Convergence will become the first esports event run by an NBA team to work with a major esports organizer.

Top-ranked Street Fighter 6 players will compete at Cream City Convergence when it returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Baird Center. In addition to Street Fighter 6, this year’s tournament will also have brackets for Tekken 8; Super Smash Bros Ultimate; Super Smash Bros Melee; and Guilty Gear: Strive.

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