2019 Esport Award Winners & What Is Really Going On In The Industry

After millions of people voted in many categories for their Esports Awards winners, the show made its debut in the United States for the first time on November 16th with thousands of viewers tuning in across streaming platforms such as Twitch and Mixer.

A total of 27 awards were handed out and without further ado, this is all of the categories and nominees followed by my thoughts on what really lit up the stage!

Esports Cosplayer of the Year
  • LittleJem – 1st place
  • Maul Cosplay – 2nd place
  • Polygon Forge – 3rd place
  • Jessica Nigri
  • Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
  • Kinpatsu Cosplay
  • Spoon Makes
  • Yaya Han
  • Willow Creative
  • Anaelic
Esports Publisher of the Year
  • Riot Games – 1st place
  • Epic Games – 2nd place
  • Valve – 3rd place
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Ubisoft
  • PUBG Corporation
  • Tencent
  • EA
  • Capcom
  • Supercell
Esports Videographer of the Year
  • Logan Dodson – 1st place
  • Charles Dalton – 2nd place
  • Mawcho – 3rd place
  • Cory Doggett
  • Johannes Lehner
  • Robert Rogers
  • Damian Estrada
  • Gabriel Ruiz
  • Sean Do
  • Max Olivo
Esports Supporting Agency of the Year
  • Loaded – 1st place
  • Evolved Talent Agency – 2nd place
  • ESG Law – 3rd place
  • Freaks 4U Gaming
  • Character Select Agency
  • Hitmarker Jobs
  • Code Red Esports
  • National Association of Collegiate Esports
Esports Play of the Year
  • S3xycake – 1st place
  • Squishy – 2nd place
  • Caps – 3rd place
  • Woxic
  • Dafran
  • S1mple
  • Yung
  • Tjhaly
  • Dev1ce
  • Simp
  • Nisha
Esports Caster of the Year
  • Henry “HenryG” Greer – 1st place
  • Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith – 2nd place
  • Jack “CouRage” Dunlop – 3rd place
  • Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
  • Mitch “Uber” Leslie
  • Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines
  • Kaci Aitchison
  • Ben “Benson” Bowe
  • Indiana “Froskurinn” Black
  • Clint “Maven” Evans
  • Matt “Mr X” Morello
  • Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett
Esports Commercial Partner of the Year
  • HyperX – 1st place
  • Intel – 2nd place
  • Red Bull – 3rd place
  • Logitech
  • DHL
  • Alienware
  • AT&T
  • State Farm
  • G FUEL
  • Scuf Gaming
Panel’s Choice Award of the Year
  • Ryan Thompson
Esports Console Rookie of the Year
  • Chris “Simp” Lehr – 1st place
  • Aydan “Aydan” Conrad – 2nd place
  • Mohammed “Mo Auba” Harkous – 3rd place
  • Dylan “Dylan” Henderson
  • Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris
  • Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson
  • Dylan “Envoy” Hannon
  • Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez
  • Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
  • McArtuher “Cellium” Jovel

Esports Journalist of the Year
  • Richard Lewis – 1st place
  • Ashley Kang – 2nd place
  • Antonio “Inyustificado” Yuste – 3rd place
  • Jacob Wolf
  • Tyler “FionnOnFire” Erzberger
  • Duncan “Thooorin” Shields
  • Jared “DeKay” Lewis
  • Emily Rand
  • Dustin Steiner
  • Kevin Aiello
Esports Hardware Provider of the Year
  • Intel – 1st place
  • Nvidia – 2nd place
  • HyperX – 3rd place
  • AMD
  • Logitech
  • ASTRO Gaming
  • Scuf Gaming
  • Republic of Gamers
  • Secretlab
  • Micro-Star International
  • Razer
  • Alienware
Esports Coach of the Year
  • Danny “zonic” Sørensen – 1st place
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun – 2nd place
  • James Crowder – 3rd place
  • Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz
  • Brice “Faccento” Faccento
  • Park “Crusty” Dae-hee
  • Eric “adreN” Hoag
  • Mike “Packing10” Szklanny
  • Nicholas “Ashes” Ridgeway
  • Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam
  • Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann
Esports Game of the Year
  • League of Legends – 1st place
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 2nd place
  • Rainbow Six Siege – 3rd place
  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • DOTA 2
  • Rocket League
  • Street Fighter V
Esports Personality of the Year
  • Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag – 1st place
  • Jack “CouRage” Dunlop – 2nd place
  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevins – 3rd place
  • Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez
  • Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Steve Arhancet
  • Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago

Esports Coverage Website of the Year
  • Dexerto – 1st place
  • ESPN Esports – 2nd place
  • Liquipedia – 3rd place
  • VP Esports
  • GosuGamers
  • Dot Esports
  • Inven Global
  • theScore esports
  • The Esports Observer
  • HLTV
Esports Team of the Year
  • G2 Esports [LoL] – 1st place
  • Astralis [CS:GO] – 2nd place
  • San Francisco Shock [OWL] – 3rd place
  • SK Telecom T1 [LoL]
  • Vancouver Titans [OWL]
  • Renault Vitality [RL]
  • 100 Thieves [CoD]
  • G2 Esports [RB6]
  • Team Liquid [CS:GO]
  • Fun Plus PhoeniX [LoL]
  • OG [Dota 2]
  • EUnited [CoD]
Esports Content Creator of the Year
  • Craig “Mini Ladd” Thompson – 1st place
  • Jack “CouRage” Dunlop – 2nd place
  • Brian Michael “Terroriser” Hanby – 3rd place
  • Jared “SunlessKhan” Zook
  • Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag
  • Jason “Jev” Eugene
  • Duncan “Thooorin” Shields
  • Travis Gafford
  • UpUpDownDown
  • Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott
  • Alastair “Ali-A” Aiken
Esports PC Player of the Year
  • Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf – 1st place
  • Luka “Perkz” Perković – 2nd place
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev – 3rd place
  • Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
  • Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
  • Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen
  • Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
  • Jay “sinatraa” Won
  • Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen
  • Russel David “Twistzz” Van Dulken
  • Matthew “Super” DeLisi
  • Rasmus “Caps” Winther

Esports Console Player of the Year
  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean – 1st place
  • Alexandre “Kaydop” Courant – 2nd place
  • Chris “Simp” Lehr – 3rd place
  • Justin “jstn” Morales
  • Sam “Octane” Larew
  • James “Clayster” Eubanks
  • Gilbert “Xplosive” Rojo
  • Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma
  • Brandon “Dashy” O’tell
  • Mohammed “Mo Auba” Harkous
  • Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez
  • Kenny “Kenny” Williams
Esports Host of the Year
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez – 1st place
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere – 2nd place
  • Nyvi Estephan – 3rd place
  • James “Dash” Patterson
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Tres “stunna” Saranthus
  • Paul “Redeye” Chaloner
  • Katie Bedford
  • Frankie “getfrank” Ward
  • Chris “Puckett” Puckett

Esports Streamer of the Year
  • Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm – 1st place
  • Jack “CouRage” Dunlop – 2nd place
  • Alan “alanzoka” Ferreira – 3rd place
  • Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff
  • Corentin “Gotaga” Houssein
  • Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek
  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
  • Turner “Tfue” Tenney
  • Timothy John “TimTheTatman” Betar
  • Imane “Pokimane” Anys
Esports Organization of the Year
  • Team Liquid – 1st place
  • G2 Esports – 2nd place
  • 100 Thieves – 3rd place
  • Cloud9
  • Team Vitality
  • Fnatic
  • NRG Esports
  • EUnited
The Gamespace Wrap On The Esports Awards

If you’re a HUGE fan of watching esports like I am who doesn’t invest any time in Fortnite you would have been relieved that the Esport Awards weren’t smothered in 2018 Ninja sauce! Not to say he doesn’t deserve every success he works hard for but I’m just not a Fortnite fan. What I am a fan of is that these awards exist and right here in good ole Texas for the next three years!

Watching the awards gives you more insight on who and what games are out there along with the companies and personalities that really support Esports. Like each year, every award gave us a window into the year that’s been and what stood out to me were a number of moments.

First off, tipping my virtual fedora to Riot Games, League of Legends – all those who won awards because of LoL along with Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and 100 Thieves!

I would say this year has been a RIOT of a year or is even a Nadeshot year though Bugha walks right beside him (more on Bugha in a hot minute) BUT the most poignant speech of the night was delivered by 2019 Esport Journalist of the Year winner Richard Lewis who took his winning moment to shine a journalists eye on how he feels major gaming sites are treating the Esports industry.

In his assessment of what Esports news makes its way into mass-media gaming site headlines, Lewis shared not only sites he feels damages the Esports industry but also why. Many gave him a standing ovation and the applause was loud after his speech and perhaps the most fitting response to this controversial and courageous moment from Lewis is the 2019 Esports Streamer of the Year being awarded to Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm that followed later in the evening.

One of the examples given from Lewis was about Dr Disrespect (Doc) who was also given this prestigious award in 2017 supporting Docs rise to the “tippidity-top” of the gaming-influencer world which was abruptly followed by what many saw as his fall when Doc confessed infidelity in his marriage. Taking time off from streaming to put his family first, Doc returned to pick up his career heading into more concern (alongside his staged over-the-top WWF style competitive persona) with gunshots being fired at his family home and a livestream where he streamed in public bathrooms at E3 2019. All of this but still the Doc turns up, remains dedicated and rises to the top. It was obvious to all that he made this award about his wife which was also a fitting way to close that chapter.

Another heartwarming moment wasn’t at the awards though but captured in a tweet sent out  from the proud dad of 2019 Esports PC Player Of The Year Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf highlighting gaming, sports and Esports really is a family affair:


So the reality of the Esports industry from those supporting, building and nurturing it is this:

Esports continues to grow but needs everyone who loves gaming to support it, to share the strengths of the industry instead of choosing to create drama. Esports isn’t only about clicks and taking someone else’s personal life personally, the Esports industry is telling the world that it is here to stay, it can make mistakes, it can be brash like the sports world is, charming, educational, for all ages and a whole host of leading edge game-changing scenarios that will continue to evolve in the most sporting way if we choose to cheer on those that are here pioneering the creation of Esports not only as a game but as a family.

We look forward to next years Esports Award events here at Gamespace and congratulate all nominees and winners!

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