The Esports Awards 2023 winners were announced yesterday evening, and they include UK talent such as Colour Caster of the Year Dan Gaskin (pictured) and Journalist of the Year Richard Lewis.
The Esports Awards presented by Lexus took centre stage at Resorts World in Las Vegas, delivering a ceremony celebrating excellence across 30 awards covering Entertainment, Industry, Creative, Pro, On-Air Talent and Collegiate categories.
The event brought together the who’s who of the esports industry, with prominent brands, organisations, and influencers converging for a night of recognition and celebration.
As well as Dan Gaskin and Richard Lewis, another Brit honoured was Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell, named in the Lifetime Achievement Class of 2023.
Gaskin dedicated the award to his brother. He also thanked the likes of James Dean and Rob Black formerly of ESL UK, as well as fellow caster Richard Simms and more, for helping him get into the industry.
Among other Esports Awards 2023 winners were Riot Games, securing the prestigious titles of Esports Publisher of the Year and Esports Game of the Year for Valorant. Team Vitality claimed the spotlight as Esports Organisation of the Year, while Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok was honoured as Esports PC Player of the Year. Additionally, Disguised Toast earned the title of Esports Personality of the Year.
Hosted by the dynamic duo, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Miles Ross, the night unfolded, featuring a spotlight on the Razer-branded Lexus TX at The Esports Awards Village. Esports Awards guests including internet sensation Vikram “Vikkstar123” Singh Barn, celebrities and sisters Amablitz and Arigameplays, and Riot Games chief product officer Marc Merrill to name a few.
The Esports Awards, in collaboration with Xfinity, saw pro Fortnite player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf join WWE pro wrestlers Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair, to push boundaries with a World Record Attempt. The awards also saw a special performance by Las Vegas Magician, Xavier Mortimer.
This year the Esports Awards also welcomed brands, organisations and universities for the inaugural Scholars Awards, bestowing 20 awards in total to those who have significantly contributed to the collegiate gaming industry. Amongst the biggest Esports Awards 2023 winners were Rocket League rising star Emiliano “Durtho” Flores for Player of the Year and Northwood University’s Valorant roster was honoured with the Team of the Year Award.
“In the spirit of innovation and progress, the 2023 Esports Awards has once again redefined what it means to honour excellence in gaming. We take pride in providing a platform to elevate the esports industry and beyond, and are honoured ourselves to be able to recognise and reward those who have massively contributed to this industry,” said Michael Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards.
“To the entire esports community, we say thank you. For your passion, dedication, and unwavering support. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year for another incredible ceremony.”
Esports Awards 2023 winners list in full
The complete list of Esports Awards 2023 winners are:
- Esports Content Creator of the Year, presented by Xfinity – S8UL Esports
- Esports Personality of the Year presented by Logitech G – Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang
- Streamer of the Year, presented by Lexus – Samy ‘Rivers_GG’ Rivers
- Esports Game of the Year – VALORANT
- Esports Mobile Game of the Year – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
- Esports Play of the Year – Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov
- Esports Commercial Partner of the Year – GUCCI
- Esports Coverage Platform of the Year – Esports Charts
- Esports Hardware Piece of the Year – Elgato Stream Deck MK.2
- Esports Journalist of the Year – Richard Lewis
- Esports Publisher of the Year – Riot Games
- Esports Supporting Service of the Year – Prodigy Agency
- Esports Broadcast/Production Team of the Year – ESL FACEIT Group
- Esports Content of the Year – Faker: A decade of greatness
- Esports Cosplay of the Year – Akemi ‘Akemikun’ Hogan
- Esports Creative of the Year, presented by Roland – Gregory ‘Seso’ Ortiz
- Esports Creative Team of the Year – Paper Crowns
- Esports Team of the Year, presented by Logitech G – T1 (League of Legends roster)
- Esports Organisation of the Year presented by Lexus- Team Vitality
- Esports Coach of the Year – Christine ‘Potter’ Chi
- Esports Breakthrough Player of the Year – Max ‘Demon1’ Mazanov
- Esports PC Player of the Year – Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok
- Esports Controller Player of the Year – Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez
- Esports Mobile Player of the Year – Mohamed ‘Mohamed Light’ Tarek
- Esports Colour Caster of the Year, presented by El Chato Tequila – Dan ‘Gaskin’ Gaskin
- Esports Desk Analyst of the Year – Mimi ‘aEvilcat’ Wermcrantz
- Esports Host of the Year, presented by 5GRV – Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons
- Esports Play by Play Caster of the Year – Mitch ‘Uber’ Leslie
Collegiate, a Scholars collegiate gaming award
- Collegiate Program of the Year Award – University of Oklahoma
Lifetime Achievement Class of 2023
- Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell
- Victor “Nazgul” Goossens
- Shane “Rapha” Hendrixson
- Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen
- Lee “Flash” Young Ho
- Marc Merrill
- Ian “Crimsix” Porter
- Chris Puckett
Those were the Esports Awards 2023 winners – See all the Esports Awards 2023 finalists here
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He 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 and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.