League of Legends Cleans Up at the Game Awards

Photo by Michal Konkol/Riot Games.
Photo by Michal Konkol/Riot Games. /

League of Legends won the best esport of the year at the Game Awards, among others.

The Game Awards were held last night and fans of League of Legends have a lot to celebrate today. The game not only won several awards itself, but various personalities related to professional League of Legends also won awards.

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For League of Legends itself, the game won both the Best Esport and Best Esports Competition for Worlds 2020. In truth, League never really faced difficult competition in either category.

For best Esport, its closest competitor was likely CS:GO, as it should easily beat lightweights like Fortnite and newcomer Valorant. Worlds was a much closer category, with the Overwatch Grand Finals and IEM Katowice (CS:GO) in the mix (due to COVID-19, DOTA’s The International was not in the running). Given that Riot recently announced that Worlds 2020 had a peak concurrent audience of over 45 million people, it’s unsurprising that League of Legends took the title.

Heo ‘Showmaker’ Su of DAMWON Gaming won the award for Best Esports Athlete of 2020, beating out his own teammate, Kim ‘Canyon’ Geon-bu. Ironically, though, despite DAMWON being the actual World Champions of 2020, the award for Best Esports Team was won by G2 Esports, despite them losing in the semifinals (and, yes, DAMWON was nominated for Best Esports Team).

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Finally, the on-air talent for League of Legends got some recognition for their incredible performances during this difficult year. Both James ‘Dash’ Patterson of the LCS and Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere were nominated for the award, but in the end it was Sjokz who took the title.

Congratulations to Riot Games, which secured four nominations in addition to its two wins, as well as all the other League of Legends nominees and winners!