The 2017 Now TV Esports Industry Awards took place in London on November 13th, highlighting an array of talented individuals and brands across the industry.
Britain was well-recognised at the awards, with winners including Esports Journalist of the Year Duncan “Thorin” Shields, Esports Photographer of the Year Joe Brady, Esports Broadcaster of the Year Alex “Machine” Richardson and UK Esports Player of the Year Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing (pictured, photo by Matt Crossick), who is the current FIFA Interactive World Cup champion.
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UK eSports player of the year baby!!!! Thanks for the support and a unbelievable year
Three years ago I was a fresh graduate who casted Call of duty from my university halls before nights out. Today I get to represent myself, travel and see the world, work for something I truly have passion for and believe in with some of the coolest humans I know.
That’s not to mention other British finalists, from journalists Ollie Ring and Richard Lewis and Mike Kent, to videographers Rhys Rasmussen, Lewis Farley, Tom Newman and Lucas Pasiut, FIFA player Shaun xShellzz” Springette, broadcaster Owen “ODPixel” Davies, esports personality Ryan Hart and those up for the Unsung Hero award: UK CSGO admin Jasmine Kanuga, streamer Adam “b0aty” Lyne, ESL UK product manager Jacob Harrison and more.
Christopher “Sacriel” Ball and Joshua “steel” Nissan were also up for Streamer of the Year.
Elsewhere, Riot Games’ head of UK publishing Mark Cox picked up the award for Publisher of the Year, on behalf of Riot, while Richard Lewis received the Game of the Year Award for CSGO on behalf of Valve.
Esportspedia founder Megan “RheingoldRiver” Cutrofello (Unsung Hero of the Year) and esports presenter Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere (Personality of the Year) become the first women to scoop Esports Industry Awards.
British hosting talent Julia Hardy, Nicki Shields, OJ Borg and Adam Savage presented the ceremony.
Tom Mercey, director and co-founder of the Esports Industry Awards, said: “Global recognition and awareness of esports has absolutely exploded over the last 12 months and that has been reflected in the amazing support we’ve had for our awards this year.
“We created the awards to celebrate everyone who contributes to making esports such a global phenomenon and we’re thrilled to have been joined by so many leading lights of the industry this year as well as celebrities from the world of music, film and TV.”
The winners in full
Esports Breakthrough Game of the Year – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Esports Commercial Partner of the Year in association with Gamesindustry.biz – G-FUEL
Esports Coverage Website of the Year in association with Sizzle – ESPN Esports
Esports Game of the Year in association with Twitch – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Esports Journalist of the Year – Duncan “Thorin” Shields
Esports Photographer of the Year in association with Snugg – Joe Brady
Esports Publisher of the Year – Riot Games
Esports Hardware Provider of the Year – Intel
Esports Videographer of the Year – Davis ”OpTic Hitch” Edwards
Streamer of the Year – Dr.Disrespect
Streaming Platform of the Year – Twitch
Esports Broadcaster of the Year – Alex ‘Machine’ Richardson
Esports Console Player of the Year in association with Scuf Gaming – Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper
Esports Live Event of the Year in association with Thomas Lyte – League of Legends World Championship (RIOT)
Esports PC Player of the Year – Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Barqawi
Esports Personality of the Year in association with NOW TV – Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere
Esports Rookie of the Year (Console) in association with Simba – Victor ‘Punk’ Woodley
Esports Rookie of the Year (PC) in association with Simba – Abay ‘HObbit’ Khassenov
Esports Team of the Year – OpTic Gaming
Esports Unsung Hero of the Year – Megan “RheingoldRiver” Cutrofello
UK Esports Player of the Year in association with L’Oreal Men Expert – Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing
Esports Play of the Year – Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper
British Esports Association at the Awards
We attended the awards and would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners on the night.
Here’s a few pics of some of us at the awards:
Above (left to right): Ukie COO Dan Wood, Staffordshire University’s associate professor Bobbie Fletcher, British Esports vice chair Rt. Hon. Ed Vaizey, Staffordshire University’s associate dean for recruitment Rachel Gowers, British Esports chair Andy Payne OBE and founder Chester King
Above: Team Dignitas president Michael “ODEE” O’Dell (left) and British Esports vice chair Rt. Hon. Ed Vaizey (right)
British Esports vice chair Andy Payne OBE (left), Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe VP & MD for UK & Ireland Warwick Light (centre) and Ukie COO Dan Wood (right)
British Esports advisory board member Heather “Naysayerz” Dower and content director Dominic Sacco
Activision’s Ian Mattingly (left) and British Esports founder Chester King (right)