Both the worlds of streaming and competitive gaming have seen enormous change and growth in 2019, but which popular content creators and unstoppable esports stars have made the biggest impact in the last 12 months?
While The Game Awards focus on everything from the best VR title of the year to which game had the best soundtrack, they also delve into the worlds of streaming and esports to crown the most successful and influential names in those areas.
In the ‘Content Creator of the Year’ category, five huge names are nominated for the award. While all five began streaming on Twitch this year, only two remain on the biggest streaming platform in Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and David ‘Grefg’ Martinez. DrLupo this week penned a “multi-million dollar” deal to remain on Twitch, while Spanish Fortnite streamer Grefg is one of the platform’s fastest growing personalities after bringing a lot of his existing YouTube audience over to watch him stream.
The remaining three have all continued to make great content elsewhere. Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop now streams exclusively on YouTube, while Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek – who was the third most-followed streamer on Twitch – are both now at Mixer, alongside 2018’s Content Creator of the Year, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.
The Game Awards also has six separate esports categories, which will honour the best esports teams, players, coaches, tournaments, games, and hosts.
The ‘Esports Players of the Year’ award showcases five of the world’s best across four different games, including Fortnite World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf and G2’s League of Legends team captain Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic.
Elsewhere, CS:GO, Dota 2, Fortnite, League of Legends, and Overwatch will battle it out for ‘Esports Game of the Year.’
A full list of nominees for the streaming and esports categories can be found below.
CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR
ESPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Bugha (Sentinels, Fortnite)
- Faker (SKT/ T1, League of Legends)
- Perkz (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
- S1mple (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
- Sinatraa (San Francisco Shocks, Overwatch)
ESPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
- Astralis (CS:GO)
- G2 Esports (League of Legends)
- OG (Dota 2)
- San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
- Team Liquid (CS:GO)
ESPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR
- Adren (Team Liquid, CS:GO)
- Cain (Team Liquid, League of Legends)
- Grabbz (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
- KkOma (SKT/ T1, League of Legends)
- Sockshka (OG, Dota 2)
- Zonic (Astralis, CS:GO)
ESPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR
ESPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR
- Overwatch League Finals
- EVO 2019
- Fortnite World Cup
- IEM Katowice
- League of Legends World Championship
- The International
ESPORTS HOST OF THE YEAR
The Game Awards will be broadcast live on multiple streaming platforms on Thursday, December 12 at 17:30 PST/ 20:30 EST/ 01:30 BST on December 13.