The Game Awards took place Thursday evening and League of Legends was represented in several esports categories. From coach of the year to event of the year, League truly cleaned up in a bulk of the categories they were nominated in.
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere took home the award for esports host of the year, a well deserved title as she not only spent the year hosting EU LCS, but also hosted half of the 2018 World Championship, the Mid-Season Invitational and the 2018 All-Star event.
Cloud9’s coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu won coach of the year. Cloud9, who also won esports team of the year, had a rocky start at the beginning of the 2018 Summer Split, but ended up making it to the World Championship through the gauntlet and had a semifinal finish. Reapered’s decision to cultivate homegrown North American talent was revolutionary for the region (especially as of late, in an import-filled league).
The 2018 World Championship also won the award for best esports event. Not only did it introduce K/DA to us via an epic live performance, but it changed the narrative of Korean teams always winning. Invictus Gaming took the title this year and was the first LPL team to ever do so.
Unfortunately, none of the winners were at the event to accept the awards, as Sjokz and most of the Riot esports team are attending the 2018 All-Star event in Las Vegas. Cloud9 and Reapered as currently in South Korea, bootcamping.