Esports Winners at The Game Awards 2018: A Recap

The Game Awards 2018 Cloud9 Esports Overwatch League of Legends

We are just closing up shop on The Game Awards 2018, as people are basking in their fresh award glory. There were some big games and big names at the event, with esports being a big part of 2018. There were multiple esports awards up for grabs today, such as best esports team and best esports video game. Will Cloud9 or Fnatic take the crown? Will Overwatch or League of Legends hoist the award over their head? Let us hop into who won what at today’s festivities!

Best Esports Team

  • Winner: Cloud9 (League of Legends)
  • Astralis (CS:GO)
  • Fnatic (League of Legends)
  • London Spitfire (Overwatch)
  • OG (Dota 2)

Cloud9 had an amazing 2018, across all their esports teams. However, their League of Legends team did have a record-setting performance, especially at the World Championship. Cloud9 would be the first North American team to ever reach the semifinals of Worlds in League history. They would also become one of the best teams in the NA LCS in half a season. Additionally, their roster would consist of three rookies, but they would still take down Royal Never Give Up, Gen.G and Afreeca Freecs. It was one of the most impressive runs of any North American team, and they earned this award.

Best Esports Coach

  • Winner: Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
  • Dylan Falco
  • Cristian “ppasarel” Bănăseanu
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic
  • Danny “zonic” Sørensen

Connected to Cloud9’s League of Legends success is Reapered, who is the architect behind the roster and gameplans of the team. He would be able to construct and mold a successful team with three players who haven’t even gone to the World Championship before. Many players praise Reapered for his stern training and excellent style of teaching his players and guiding them to the promised land. His actions would eventually push Cloud9 to the semifinals of Worlds 2018.

Best Esports Game

  • Winner: Overwatch
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends

Overwatch was a spectacle to behold this year, as they would kick off their inaugural season. Their success this year would culminate in the league welcoming six new teams for next year. Their viewership would challenge those of League of Legends and Dota 2, and they would even air on Disney and ESPN. Overwatch League’s Grand Finals were also widely viewed across multiple platforms, and many people expect the esport to grow even further in the years to come.

Best Esports Event

  • Winner: 2018 League of Legends World Championship
  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

The League of Legends World Championship is usually a grand show, but this year was filled with so many twists and turns. Fans were treated to surprises that no one could have predicted, like G2 Esports defeating tournament favorites Royal Never Give Up. The quarterfinals were some of the most exhilarating League that anyone has seen, although the rest of the playoffs were arguably more one-sided. Even still, the production level of Worlds was impressive, especially with the introduction of the virtual k-pop group, K/DA.

Best Esports Host

  • Winner: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Anders Blume
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Sjokz is an icon, not only for esports hosts but for female representation in the esports scene. There are not many female faces in the esports world in general. Therefore, having such a great role model and inspiration win this award is simply icing on the cake for the talented host. However, it seems like Sjokz is moving forward from League of Legends and is taking on some bigger and better roles. First, she is no longer a full-time host of the LCS. She will still be working with Riot Games and the EU LCS though. Her next adventure will be hosting CSGO and League over in Belgium for ESL.

Best Esports Moment

  • Winner: Cloud9’s comeback win against FaZe Clan at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston
  • G2’s upset against RNG at 2018 League World Championship
  • KT Rolster and Invictus Gaming base race at
    2018 League World Championship
  • OG’s upset against PSG.LGD at The International 2018
  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean switches side in Dragon Ball FighterZ EVO finals

Cloud9’s big comeback win was something that was never done before. For the first time in CSGO history, a North American team would lift a Major trophy above their heads. The hard work and sacrifices would all culminate into this final series against FaZe Clan. This series would go to the wire, with both teams wrestling for control of the game. Fortunately for North America, Cloud9 would come out on top to upset one of the best teams in the world.

Best Esports Player

  • Winner: Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao

SonicFox has been having an amazing year. He has won multiple events throughout 2018, including Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals 2018, the 2018 Canada Cup, the 2018 SoCal Regionals, Evolution Championship Series 2018, VSFighting 2018 and DreamHack Austin 2018. He would also donate $10,000 to the father of fellow gamer, Curtis “Rewind” McCall, who is suffering from stage three cancer.


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