Esports Awards 2023 finalists announced: Full list of UK talent nominated

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The Esports Awards 2023 finalists have today been revealed in the Pro, On-Air Talent and Journalism categories, and there’s a host of UK talent nominated.

This year’s Esports Awards, taking place across November 29th and 30th, will be hosted by the Zouk nightclub in Las Vegas.

UK talent up for awards include Yinsu Collins, Freya Spiers and Lottie Van-Praag (Esports Host of the Year), Pansy (who won the PBP Caster of the Year Award in 2022), Machine, Onset, Brandon Smith, Shogun and Miles Ross (PBP Caster of the Year), among others.

Mauisnake, who up until recently was based in the UK, has been nominated for Esports Desk Analyst of the Year.

UK talent up for the Colour Caster of the Year award include Caedrel, Dan Gaskin, JohnnyBoi_i, Sideshow and Hypoc.

Esports Journalist of the Year British nominations include Richard Lewis and yours truly, Dominic Sacco.

Looking towards players and coaches and teams, UK headquartered organisation Fnatic and their Berlin-based Valorant team are up for Esports Team of the Year.

DREAL is up for Esports Coach of the Year, while UK Rocket League players ApparentlyJack and Rise have been nominated for Esports Controller Player of the Year.

Little Gem is also up for Cosplay of the Year.

The finalists were announced live across the Esports Awards broadcast platforms, including their channel by American Esports Host Daniel “dGon” Gonzales, Rocket League Caster and Content Creator Elyse “Herculyse” Herrera, Esports Caster Phil “EEVisu” Visu, and Esports Hosting royalty James “Dash” Patterson.

Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards, said:

“I’m continually awestruck by the incredible talent present in the esports industry. It’s an absolute joy to gather everyone and create a space where we can acknowledge, celebrate, and foster growth. I’m eagerly anticipating the upcoming night of fun and camaraderie we’ll share in Las Vegas this November.” 

Michael Ashford, Esports Awards 2023

The Esports Awards will also host PWR UP Las Vegas, held at the luxurious Resorts World Las Vegas. PWR UP Las Vegas is the ultimate esports, tech, and gaming conference. Headlining the event is the Esports Awards Open, a golf tournament blending networking and entertainment with industry executives and celebrities.

The Esports Awards 2023 campaign key dates include:

  • 13th – 20th November: Turbo voting period–votes are worth double
  • 20th November: Voting closes on all categories but three
  • 25th November: Voting closes for Esports PC Player, Esports Organisation and Esports Team of the Year
  • 27th & 28th November: Inaugural Scholars
  • 29th & 30th November: Esports Awards 2023 ceremony

The Esports Awards 2023 has partnerships with Xfinity, Oakley, Amazon Music, Sizzle Creative and 5GRV.

There’s also a separate collegiate awards event (see the bottom of this article).

Voting is now open for the Pro & On-Air Talent categories. Register your vote at (you can make a new vote each day) and grab tickets for the Esports Awards 2023 here

Esports Awards 2023 finalists

Pro categories

Esports Team of the Year

  • Team Vitality – CSGO
  • Team Vitality – Rocket League
  • T1 – League of Legends
  • Fnatic – Valorant
  • Evil Geniuses – Valorant
  • New York Subliners – Call of Duty
  • JD Gaming – League of Legends
  • w7m Esports – Rainbow Six Siege
  • Echo – Mobile Legends Bang Bang
  • Gaimin Gladiators – Dota 2
  • TSM – Apex Legends

Esports Organisation of the Year

  • Team Vitality
  • Loud
  • Team Liquid
  • G2 Esports
  • Gen.G Esports
  • Karmine Corp
  • Moist Esports
  • 100 Thieves
  • Optic Gaming
  • Navi
  • NRG

Esports Coach of the Year

  • Danny “Zonic” Sørensen
  • Victor “Ferra” Francal
  • Christine “Potter” Chi
  • Ehsan “DREAL” Javed
  • Igor “igoorctg” Santos
  • Renzo “Renzo” Oemrawsingh
  • Jan “Swani” Müller
  • Aske “Cy-” Larsen
  • Yoon “Homme” Sung-young

Esports Breakthrough Player of the Year

  • Alexis “Zen” Bernier
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Thomas “Scrappy” Ernst
  • Kim “D0NGHAK” Min-sung
  • Kim “Peyz” Su-hwan
  • Anders “Vejrgang” Vejrgang
  • Martin “Yike” Sundelin

Esports PC Player of the Year

  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Cho “Maru” Seong-ju
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Quinn “Quinn” Callahan
  • Nemanja “Hunter” Kovač
  • Zhuo “Knight” Ding
  • Emir “Alfajer” Beder
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen
  • Jung “Chovy” Ji-hun

Esports Controller Player of the Year

  • Alexis “Zen” Bernier
  • Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez
  • Zain “Zain” Naghmi
  • Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley
  • Mashita “acola” Hayato
  • Amjad “AngryBird” Al-Shalabi
  • Finlay “Rise” Ferguson
  • Jack “ApparentlyJack” Benton
  • Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen

Esports Mobile Player of the Year

  • Mohamed “Mohamed Light” Tarek
  • Frederic “Bennyqt” Gonzales
  • Gaku “Gaku” Mukai
  • Erik “Joker” Granström
  • Burenbayar “TOP” Altangerel
  • Tensai “Tensai”
  • Peng “Fly” Yunfei

On-Air Talent

Esports Colour Caster of the Year

  • Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont
  • Dan “Gaskin” Gaskin
  • Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson
  • John “JohnnyBoi_i” MacDonald
  • Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy
  • Thomas “Chance” Ashworth
  • Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
  • Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
  • Chad “Spunj” Burchill
  • Michael “Hypoc” Robins

Esports Desk Analyst of the Year

  • Mimi “aEvilCat” Wermcrantz
  • Tyler “Tbates” Bates
  • Barento “Raz” Mohammed
  • Alyssa “Allycxt” Parker
  • Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler
  • Mira “Ephey” Riad
  • Alex “Mauisnake” Ellenberg
  • Kale “Genome” Morton
  • Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez

Esports Host of the Year

  • Alex “GoldenBoy” Mendez
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Freya “Freya” Spiers
  • Sean “Stax” Stackhouse
  • Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons
  • Yinsu “Yinsu” Collins
  • Chris Puckett
  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden
  • Lottie Van-Praag
  • Ana Xisdê
  • James “Dash” Patterson

Esports Play by Play Caster of the Year

  • Steven “Tasty Steve” Scott
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Brennon “Bren” Hook
  • Mark “Onset” Hatcher
  • Conner “Scrawny” Girvan
  • Brandon Smith
  • Callum “Shogun” Keir
  • Clayton “Captain Flowers” Raines
  • Mitch “Uber” Leslie
  • Bruno “BrunoClash” Veiga Lopes
  • Miles Ross
  • Lauren “Pansy” Scott


Esports Journalist of the Year

  • Richard Lewis
  • Dominic Sacco
  • Kevin Hitt
  • Alexander Lee
  • James Fudge
  • Mikhail Klimentov
  • Antonio Yuste
  • Cecilia D’Anastasio
  • Alejandro Gomis
  • Jacob Hale

Esports Coverage Platform of the Year

  • Liquipedia
  • Dexerto
  • Esports Insider
  • HLTV
  • Esports Charts
  • Dot Esports
  • Sports Business Journal

Esports Commercial Partner of the Year

  • Red Bull
  • Logitech G
  • Monster
  • Prime Gaming
  • Gillette
  • Intel
  • Gucci
  • Chipotle
  • State Farm

Esports Hardware Piece of the Year

  • AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
  • Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED
  • Asus ROG Ally
  • Stream Deck MK 2
  • Higround Keyboard
  • Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition
  • Samsung Odyssey OLED G8
  • Corsair Xeneon Flex Monitor
  • Steelseries Nova Pro

Esports Publisher of the Year

  • Riot Games
  • Moonton
  • Supercell
  • The Pokemon Company
  • Valve
  • Psyonix
  • EA

Esports Supporting Service of the Year

  • Character Select Agency
  • ESG Law
  • GRID
  • Evolved Talent
  • Esports Engine
  • Paper Crowns
  • Bad Moon Talent
  • New LVL Recruitment

Esports Broadcast/Production Team of the Year

  • ESL Faceit Group
  • Esports Engine
  • Riot Games
  • Blast
  • Psyonix


Esports Cosplay of the Year

  • Larissa Rochefort
  • Little Jem
  • Kinpatsu
  • Annjelife
  • inastes
  • AkemikunCosplay
  • Bec of hearts

Esports Creative of the Year

  • Ovilee May
  • SesoHQ
  • Kvindsgn
  • Thorsten Denk
  • LIQUID Enigma
  • Sydneycreates

Esports Creative Team of the Year

  • LOUD
  • Team Vitality
  • G2 esports
  • Sentinels
  • Team Liquid
  • NorthStudio
  • Flyquest
  • NMBRS Studio
  • Paper Crowns


Esports Content Creator of the Year

  • Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma
  • LOUD
  • Scump
  • The Score Esports
  • Tribo Gaules
  • S8ul Esports
  • Judo Sloth
  • OTK
  • Last Free Nation
  • IWDominate

Esports Personality of the Year

  • Scump
  • Ludwig
  • Gaules
  • MoistCr1tikal
  • Disguised Toast
  • Nobru
  • H3cz
  • Mortal
  • Coringa

Streamer of the Year

  • Ibai
  • XQC
  • Kai Cenat
  • Tarik
  • Gaules
  • QTCinderella
  • Scump
  • Paulinho o Loko
  • Riversgg
  • FPS_Shaka

Esports Game of the Year

  • Valorant
  • League of Legends
  • CS:GO
  • Rocket League
  • Call of Duty
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite

Esports Mobile Game of the Year

  • PUBG Mobile
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  • Brawl Stars
  • Arena of Valor
  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Free fire
  • Honor of Kings
  • Clash Royale
  • Pokemon Unite

Register your vote at (you can make a new vote for the Esports Awards 2023 each day)

The Esports Awards Launches Collegiate Award Ceremony – The Scholars

The Scholars, a global collegiate gaming symposium created by the team behind the Esports Awards, has unveiled the finalists for its inaugural awards ceremony alongside its first official partner.

GamerTech, the gamer performance wearables and apparel company, will join the Scholars in Las Vegas later this year to celebrate and elevate the collegiate gaming industry.

Designed to empower students and professionals alike, the Scholars provides a platform to delve into insights, connect with industry pioneers and celebrate excellence in the world of collegiate gaming.

The Scholars will feature conferences and networking events taking place across November 27th and 28th, before the main awards ceremony.

While the Scholars is global, there is a distinct lack of UK and European nominations and mostly US ones. Organisers say they’re aware of this and are working on it. You can see more in this thread:

Also, there’s someone previously from the UK League of Legends scene – former Enclave Gaming US coach Kyle ‘Mans’ Wilkowski (now at Ferris State University) – who is up for the Collegiate Student Leader of the Year award.

“I’m absolutely delighted to extend a warm welcome to GamerTech as we embark on the inaugural editions of the Scholars and our Collegiate Gaming Summit at PWR UP Las Vegas,” commented Mike Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards. “Through these events, we’re fully embracing the future of esports and striving to equip gamers with the essential resources to nurture their careers.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the inaugural edition of the Scholars and Collegiate Gaming Summit. We believe that the collegiate gaming industry is booming and full of potential, and we are excited to be a part of it. At GamerTech, we are passionate about helping our partners and gamers Level Up. That’s why we are happy to introduce our first performance boosting wearable product – the Magma Glove, at this event. We plan to strengthen our relationship with the Esports Awards team, and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of the talented players,” added Amila Pathirana, Co-Founder and CEO of GamerTech.

As part of the partnership, the team at GamerTech will announce the Player of the Year Award. Alongside the award, GamerTech is also the official title sponsor of the Collegiate Gaming Summit at PWR UP Las Vegas.

The winner of the Global Impact on Collegiate Gaming will be announced at the inaugural Scholars on November 28th. Students can purchase tickets for both PWR UP Las Vegas and the Scholars for $50.

Key dates:

  • September 21st – Finalist reveal & voting opens
  • November 20th – Voting closes
  • November 27th- Collegiate Gaming Mixer
  • November 28th – PWR UP Collegiate Gaming Summit
  • November 28th – Scholars ceremony

The Scholars 2023 awards finalists

Collegiate Program of the Year

  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • UC San Diego
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • Maryville University
  • St. Clair College
  • Boise State University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • PACE University
  • Fisher College
  • Illinois State University
  • University of Hawaii

Conference of the Year

  • NECC
  • National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE)
  • Mountain West Conference
  • College CoD
  • College Carball Association
  • College League of Legends
  • Unified Midwest Esports Conference

Program Director of the Year

  • Mike Aguilar, University of Oklahoma
  • Chris “Doc” Haskell, Boise State University
  • Travis Yang, Wichita State University
  • Sergio Brack, University of Maryland
  • Daniel Clerke, Maryville University
  • Cody (evolve), Northwood University Blue
  • Jono Eaton, Ferris State University
  • Jesse Bodony, Pace University
  • Christine Fan, MSI

Club of the Year

  • Illini Esports – University of Illinois
  • Triton Gaming – UCSD
  • Boise State University
  • Niner Esports at UNC Charlotte
  • UArizona Wildcat Gaming Club
  • Coog Esports – University of Houston
  • CU Gaming – University of Colorado
  • Gator Gaming – University of Florida
  • Sooners Esports – OU

Collegiate Player of the Year presented by GamerTech

  • Emiliano Flores (Durtho), Boise State
  • Furbsa, Northwood Esports
  • Ian Perfit, Boise State
  • Joseph Paci, Boise State
  • Preston Ferrante, Boise State
  • Spencer Pugg Moorez, Detonate
  • John Rinella, Boise State
  • Ali Salahedin

Tournament Organizer

  • Boise State University
  • College Carball Association
  • College CoD
  • Cxmmunity Gaming Co.
  • NACE
  • NECC
  • Red Bull Campus Clutch
  • CECC

Team of the Year

  • Boise State Overwatch
  • Niner Esports iRacing
  • Northwood University call of Duty
  • University of St. Thomas League of Legends
  • Maryville University
  • Utah – PAC U
  • Winthrop University
  • Fisher College
  • Illinois State

Commercial Partner of the Year

  • EsportsGear
  • MSI
  • Red bull
  • Esports Foundry
  • Chipotle
  • McDonalds
  • XBOX
  • Rockstar Energy
  • AMD

Collegiate Student Leader of the Year

  • Alex Niall, University of Houston Graduate
  • Bryce Dudenhoeffer, Missouri Western State University
  • Jorge Sanchez, University at North Carolina
  • Aden Frosch, Northwood University
  • Arthur Nagels, Pace University
  • Emiliano Flores, Boise
  • Jonathan Foraker, Boise State
  • Kyle Wilkowski, Ferris State University
  • Logan Lewis, the Unniversity of Akron
  • Nikita Shane
  • AJ Taylor, University of Ilinois

Institution of the Year

  • Boise State University
  • Ferris State University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Central Florida
  • UC-Irvine
  • Northwood University
  • University of St. Thomas

LAN of the Year

  • Boost on the Beach
  • CECC Texas 2023
  • College CoD 2023 Championship LAN
  • Collegiate Rocket League 2023 – World Championship
  • NACE Starleague Spring Grand Finals 2023
  • Niner Esports Union LAN Party

Fans interested in attending the Scholars can register their interest and book tickets at

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