This year’s Esports Awards ceremony saw Riot Games have another successful year with the publisher taking home three awards, including the ‘Game of the Year’ award. While Free Fire was unable to claim the Game of the Year award after a very successful year, it managed to claim the title of Mobile Game of the Year at the event.
PC Player of the Year: Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev
This category is not a competition as s1mple’s performance over the past year is impeccable. He started 2021 with a win at the BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 event and the Na’Vi player went on to take first place at ESL Pro League Season 14, Intel Extreme Masters XVI and most recently PGL Major Stokholm 2021.
Game of the Year: Valorant
Riot Games’ debut in a first-person shooter with Valorant in 2020 has proven to be a huge success. The publisher has established Valorant as a solid eSports title in its first year since launch, and it will feature its first world championship next month. The game beat out the likes of CS:GO, PUBG Mobile, and Free Fire to become Game of the Year.
Mobile Game of the Year: Free Fire
Free Fire released back in 2017 and it shows no signs of slowing down. Last year, the game attracted more than 80 million daily active users and has become a mobile eSports title with over $1 billion in worldwide revenue. The Mobile Game of the Year award has been contested by the likes of Wild Rift and PUBG Mobile, but Free Fire officially took home the award at today’s event.
Team of the Year: Atlanta FaZe (Call of Duty)
Atlanta FaZe is the most dominant team in the Call of Duty League and it made headlines with its win in the 2021 CDL Qualifiers. After relegating last year and finishing second in 2020, the team has achieved success. performance this year with FaZe winning three of the four Majors the team has entered.
Organization of the Year: 100 Thieves
100 Thieves has grown into one of the largest organizations known for its eSports teams and content. This year, 100T expanded to Apex Legends and introduced a Rocket League slot. Creators like Jack “CouRage” Dunlop and Jack “NiceWigg” Martin are now part of the organization, and 100T looks to grow even more in the future.
Content Creator of the Year: Ashley Kang
Kang “Ashley Kang” Ji-hye is a former software developer who left her job to work as an interviewer for League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). She has carried out interventions under Korizon and ESPN and is globally recognized as an e-sports journalist.
Publisher of the Year: Riot Games
2020 is Riot Games’ biggest year as the publisher launches Wild Rift, Legends of Runeterra and Valorant in the same year. Its other titles League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics continue to grow and Riot is just getting started. The publisher wants to expand into the fighting game genre as well as with ‘LOTS project‘ in work slated for release after 2022.
Lifetime Achievement in eSports
https://afkgaming.com/esports/news/valorant-wins-game-of-the-year-at-the-esports-awards Valorant Wins ‘Game of the Year’ at the Esports Awards