The most important organizations and individuals on the scene are honored with the Esports Awards each year. Riot Games was already the biggest winner in 2019, and this year there’s an additional trophy for the developer of League of Legends.
Arlington (AP) – With a total of four awards, Riot Games with League of Legends is once again the winner of the Esports Awards. Among other things, Riot was named Editor of the Year and LoL was named Esports Game of the Year.
“Like everyone else, we had a lot of plans and ideas for this year,” said John Needham, Riot Games global boss for esports LoL, in a pre-recorded video. “But the way 2020 went, we had to adapt. Finding a way to overcome the challenges we all face has been difficult. “Nonetheless, with the LoL World Championship, they managed to put on a truly global event with a live audience and competition in a country.
There were also awards for the LEC European League as Esports Content Team of the Year and for the LoL Season opener as “Creative Piece of the Year”. Several personalities from the League of Legends ecosystem were also honored, such as North American League commentator LoL LCS, Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines. The year before, Riot Games and League of Legends had already won three trophies.
Major PC Player, Coach, and Team of the Year categories go to Team Dota: Team Secret has dominated nearly every tournament on the scene this year, starting with the DreamLeague Season 13 at Dreamhack Leipzig in January. Michał “Nisha” Jankowski was named PC Player of the Year. 20-year-old Secret midlaner and coach Lee “Heen” Seung Gon was extremely involved in the year’s success and was recognized as a result.
Berlin-based G2 Esports was named Best Organization and CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez Santiago was named Esports Personality of the Year. Counter-Strike player İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş from Berlin team BIG received the “Game of the Year” trophy.
At the all-virtual awards ceremony, a total of 24 awards were presented on Sunday evening, in addition to the eleven prizes from the “Esports Prelude Awards” the day before. A jury compiled a list of nominees, then voted on the winners, with community votes weighted at 25%. According to the organizers, a total of five million votes were submitted.
The event was presented by Eefje “Sjokz” Deporteere, who also received the trophy for best eSports presenter.