Esports Awards 2022: s1mple named Player of the Year, LOUD Team of the Year, more
The Resorts World in Las Vegas hosted the Esports Awards 2022 on Tuesday to announce the winners of more than 30 award categories. Luxury automaker Lexus was the main partner of the event for the fourth consecutive year.
Lifetime Achievement Class of 2022
The Lifetime Achievement category celebrates esports figures who have made a major impact on the industry and created a legacy for the next generation. The Class of 2022 inductees comprised the following seven notable esports figures:
– Dennis “Thresh” Fong, ggwp CEO and the first professional gamer in history
– Emil “Heaton” Christensen, a retired professional Counter-Strike player
– Daniel “OGRE1” Ryan, one of the best professional Halo players of all time
– Tom “OGRE2” Ryan, OGRE1’s twin and a professional Halo player
– Morgan Romine, AnyKey director of initiatives who promotes inclusivity in esports
– Alexander Garfield, founder of the professional gaming team Evil Geniuses
– Jason Lake, founder and CEO of esports franchise Complexity
This criterion encompasses awards given to notable figures in the professional scene. Awards included in this group are the Coach of the Year, Controller Player of the Year, Controller Rookie of the Year, PC Player of the Year, PC Rookie of the Year, Mobile Player of the Year, Esports Organisation of the Year and Esports Team of the Year.
Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi won the best coach title this year. The Ukrainian coach guides Natus Vincere in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Other nominees in the category included Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström, Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren and Zhang “xiao8” Ning.
The best controller player for 2022 was Matthew “FormaL” Piper, who has retired from professional Call of Duty. He won over nominees like Yan “yanxnz” Xisto Nolasco. Meanwhile, Enzo “Seikoo” Grondein won the controller rookie category. The 18-year-old has been playing Rocket League professionally since 2020. Seikoo won over other nominees, which included Matías “Scorpionprocs” Martínez and Axel “vatira” Touret.
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev received the PC Player of the Year award yesterday. The Natus Vincere squad member was selected over other prominent nominees like Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu. For the best PC rookie, the organizer picked Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov. The Russian CS:GO player won the award over nominees like Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun and William “Spoit” Löfstedt.
For the best mobile player category, Ceng “Order” Zehai — a PUBG Mobile player — took home the award. Some other nominees for this category were Mohamed “Mohamed Light” Tarek, Eman “EMANN” Sangco and An “Long” Xulong.
American esports group OpTic Gaming was named the best esports organization for 2022. The group is known for its achievements in Call of Duty. Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez currently owns the organization after acquiring it from Immortals Gaming Club.
The Esports Awards granted LOUD, a VALORANT team, the Esports Team of the Year title. The Brazilian team consists of five active players, including captain Matias “saadhak” Delipetro and Erick “aspas” Santos. LOUD’s coaches are Daniel “fRoD” Montaner and Jordan “stk” Nunes. Other nominated teams for this category included Los Angeles Gladiators (Overwatch), FaZe Clan (CS:GO) and Team BDS (Rocket League).
PUBG Mobile was dubbed the best mobile game of 2022, while Valorant won in the best game category.
The Esports Awards also celebrated important figures for achievements that did not directly correlate with esports gameplay. Here are some other winners:
– Desk Analyst of the Year: Jessica “JessGOAT” Bolden
– Host of the Year: James “Dash” Patterson
– Play By Play Caster of the Year: Lauren “Pansy” Scott
– Coverage Platform of the Year: Dexerto
– Commercial Partner of the Year: Verizon
– Journalist of the Year: Ashley Kang
– Supporting Service of the Year: Esports Engine
– Apparel of the Year: 100 Thieves
– Creative of the Year: Christian Skimmeland
– Content Creator of the Year: Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma
– Personality of the Year: Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag