Clash Royale has been named the winner of the AMD Esports Audience Award at the 2017 British Academy Games Awards (BAFTAs).
The AMD Esports Audience Award aims to recognise and acknowledge the games that ‘captured the hearts and imaginations of players and audiences over the past year in the esports space’.
So why Clash Royale and not something like Overwatch or CSGO or League?
Well, the award is a publicly voted award – members of the public have been casting their votes since February 20th.
As a judge on the panel, we would’ve liked to have seen Hearthstone or Rocket League in place of Clash Royale, but the panel spoke and felt it was a worthy addition overall. It is a new game and has resonated well with its audience and on mobile.
Six games were up for the award overall:
- League of Legends
- Dota 2
- Street Fighter V
- Clash Royale
Last year’s winner was SMITE.
Elsewhere at the 2017 Game BAFTAs, Rocket League was awarded Best Evolving Game and Overwatch picked up Best Multiplayer Game.
“We only won this award because we put a sassy Brit on the cover”, Blizzard VP Jeff Kaplan said.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.