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eSports Industry Awards 2016 Finalists

The eSports Industry Awards is a thing and they have announced their finalists and categories. The awards will be taking place on Monday, November 21st in Brewery, London. Julia Hardy (@itsJuliahardy) and Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury (@JasonBradbury) will host as over 600 figures in eSports will gather for the event. which will also be streamed live on Now TV, Twitch, and Gfinity. An international judging panel consisting of eSports media, broadcasters, and ex-players will determine the overall winners. Public voting will also be available later in the year.

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Here are the finalists for each category that have been announced along with my pick for the winners! A lot of my picks are not necessarily who I think will win but just my personal favourites of the nominations.

Best eSports Coverage Website 2016

GosuGamers

HLTV.org

Dexerto

ESPN

PC Gamer

Aftonbladet E-sport

Yahoo Esports

Red Bull eSports

The Score eSports

The Daily Dot

Team Liquid

The eSports Observer

Slingshot eSports

Jonny eSports Pick: AYBOnline! Well, maybe next year. From this list, I like The Daily Dot a lot.

Best Hardware Provider

Intel

SteelSeries

BenQ

Creative

Logitech G

Plantronics Gaming

Astro Gaming

Scuf Gaming

AMD

Asus ROG

MSI

Razer

HyperX

Alienware

HP

Acer

Jonny eSports Pick: Logitech, mostly because I just got a G810 keyboard this year and love it.

Best Streaming Platform

Twitch

YouTube

Azubu

MLG.tv

Hitbox

Jonny eSports Pick: Right now it’s YouTube for me until Twitch finally switches completely over to HTML5.

eSports Commercial Partner of the Year

G2A

Newegg

Intel

Turtle Beach Europe

AlphaDraft

HTC

Monster

DXRacer

Red Bull

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Jonny eSports Pick: How’s this even decided? The company that throws out the most cash? I’ll give this to HTC just because of the Hai Cloud 9 Retirement commercial

eSports Game of the Year

CS:GO – Valve

League of Legends – Riot Games

Dota 2 – Valve

StarCraft II – Blizzard Entertainment

Call of Duty – Activision

Smite – Hi-Rez Studios

Halo – Microsoft

Heroes of the Storm – Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Rocket League – Psyonix

Super Smash Bros – Nintendo

Street Fighter V – Capcom

Jonny eSports Pick: Counter-Strike keeps getting better every year. Shout out to Rocket League and Smash Bros though!

eSports Journalist of the Year

Richard Lewis

Duncan Shields

Jacob Wolf

Tyler Erzberger

Chris Higgins

Philippa Warr

Chris Thursten

Jonny eSports Pick: Maybe someday I’ll make this list but until then Tyler Erzberger is a personal favourite.

eSports Photographer of the Year

Joe Brady

Stephanie Lindgren

Helena Kristiansson

Robert Paul

Adela Sznajder

Jonny eSports Pick: I honestly don’t have an opinion on this one. Sorry photographers!

eSports Publisher of the Year

Valve Corporation

Activision

Blizzard Entertainment

Ubisoft

EA

Microsoft

Capcom

Nintendo

Sony Computer Entertainment

Codemasters

Psyonix

Riot Games

Jonny eSports Pick: Blizzard wins because Overwatch

New eSports Game of the Year

Rocket League – Psyonix

Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Vainglory – Super Evil Megacorp

Street Fighter V – Capcom

FIFA 16 – EA Sports

Jonny eSports Pick: Overwatch again because Overwatch. Rocket League is dope and Vainglory is very good too though.

Streamer of the Year

Spencer FC

Steel

Lirik

Ali A

KSI

PhantomL0rd

Sodapoppin

Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana

Jonny eSports Pick: Ayy, let’s go! Imaqtpie!

Finalists in the following categories will be announced later this year:

2016 Broadcaster of the Year
Best Live Event 2016
Console Player of the Year
eSports Personality of the Year
eSports Rookie of the Year
eSports Team of the Year
PC Player of the Year
UK eSports Player of the Year

Jonny eSports is the co-host of the Outplay Podcast that airs live on Twitch.tv/aybtv on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, as well as the host of the reSports Radio Show (Sundays at 4pm on CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg) and Director of Into The League. He still isn’t level 5 in Pokemon GO because he’s a scrub. His opinions are his own.

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