2016 was an incredible year in Esports and we saw the best players and teams from around the globe rightfully crowned World Champions in their respective arenas. It also saw the inaugural Esports Industry Awards help cement the legacies of those players & teams worldwide. Read on to find out where some of the best of 2016 are now!
Esports Streamer of the Year
Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana
Winner of the 2016 Domino’s Streamer of the Year award, Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana earned himself a place in our Hall of Fame with his infamous acceptance speech (https://youtu.be/6mIs7HBHDvU?t=77). Since the awards, he’s gone from strength to strength becoming one of the largest independent League of Legends streamers on Twitch with millions of views each month and has attracted a following of over one and a half million that is still growing rapidly. The once professional gamer is still a highly-regarded player in the League of Legends community having a famous rivalry with the likes of fellow LoL Pro, Doublelift, Michael has recently announced his return to pro play, joining Echo Foxes NA CS roster ‘Delta Fox’.
Callum “Swanny” Swan
Callum “Swanny” Swan is a veteran professional Call of Duty player and has most recently been playing under the Millenium brand. Swanny is one of the most popular players and a real figurehead in the Call of Duty scene having competed in various regions amassing a vast amount of experience during his career. Since winning our UK Player award Swanny has decided that after playing at the top level since his debut in 2009 it is time to take a “brief hiatus from competing” but most definitely plans to return to the pro CoD arena later this year even stronger than before. However he can still be found using his knowledge of the game casting and analysing professional CoD games. (https://twitter.com/callumswanny/status/822554141797007366)
Scuf Gaming is a top tier hardware provider, delivering custom game controllers that offer significant advantages over standard controllers – these customisations can be everything from simple colour changes and aesthetic changes to performance changes such as custom thumbsticks with improved grip and their patented paddle control system. This has made them a global market leader and innovator within the professional custom game controller market. Their controllers are proving popular in the competitive gaming scene with over 90% of pros, including Call of Duty giants Optic Gaming and the Faze Clan, choosing SCUF over any other controller. Since winning tour Hardware award, Scuf have gone from strength to strength releasing new products including the new “Scuf Impact Controllers”- a range of custom shaped PlayStation 4 controllers that boast a new ergonomic shape and personalised features.
Best Streaming Partner
Since becoming part of the Amazon Family, Twitch has seen massive growth in the gaming community. Twitch has been the host for major gaming tournaments as well as being home to some of the biggest personalities in eSports. As well as enabling top players to engage with their fans up close and personal. Twitch is also a great platform for non-professional gamers to share their passion for the games they love with like minded gamers around the world. Over 100 MILLION users per month chose Twitch to broadcast, watch and talk about video games.
Since winning our Best Streaming Partner award twitch Has streamed large scale international tournaments including the League of Legends “Mid-Season-Invitational”, which attracted millions of viewers each day over the course of the three-week competition, whilst also launching Twitch Prime giving gamers rewards and features across the platform.
Creator of some of the most popular PC game franchises of all time – Half Life 2, Team Fortress, Portal and Left 4 Dead which ended up being ported to console gaming – Valve is also famous for their social entertainment platform, Steam, and cutting-edge Source game engine. Valve corporation are also the owners of two of the biggest eSports titles; DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, boasting incredible player bases with millions of monthly players. DOTA is one of the first examples of a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) and has defined the genre since its release in 2003 whilst CS:GO, the fourth Counter Strike title in the series, was released in 2012 with a significantly more tactical take on the standard first person shooter. Since winning the eSports publisher of the year award Valve have continued to lead the way in competitive esports with the Dota2 DreamLeague season 7 well underway and their 7th international tournament looming with a potential prize pool being contributed to by players nearing the $10 Million mark. Valve really has earned the reputation of eSports Publisher of the Year 2016 and will be a strong contender to keep this award in 2017.