- OWL Finals in Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA (Aug 2018)
Another Year, Another Nomination
If you’re a big fan of Overwatch, you should rejoice to see the game to be nominated once again for The Game Awards 2018. Sadly, there’s no category for Best Developer Update Host or else Jeff Kaplan would have won that easily.
The FPS multiplayer phenomenon by Blizzard has once again been nominated in this year’s The Game Awards. This will be Overwatch’s 3rd nomination and could be the first multiplayer game to bag the Best Ongoing Game award back to back and Best Esports Game for the 3rd consecutive year.
This year, Overwatch is nominated under 4 categories, namely Best Esports Game, Best Ongoing Game, Best Esports Team, and the brand-new category, Best Esports Event.
So who are up against the FPS giant? Let’s look closer:
Best Esports Game
– League of Legends
Best Ongoing Game
– Destiny 2
– No Man’s Sky
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Best Esports Event
– ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
– EVO 2018
– League of Legends World Championship
– The International 2018
– Overwatch League
Best Esports Team
– Astralis (CSGO)
– Cloud9 (LOL)
– Fnatic (LOL)
– OG (DOTA2)
–London Spitfire (OWL)
Here’s the full video for all nominations in every category:
Past TGA Awards
Previously, Overwatch has won the Best Esports category for 2 consecutive years since its release in 2016. In that same year, the highly-successful multiplayer game has also won Best Multiplayer Game, Best Esports Game, Best Studio and Game Direction for Blizzard Entertainment, and ultimately, the 2016 Game of the Year.
The following year, they only won two awards namely Best Esports Game for the second time and Best Ongoing Game.
This Year in TGA 2018
Blizzard Entertainment is looking forward to seeing their game win all 4 categories. They will be the first multiplayer game to win Best Ongoing Game for the 2nd time and Best Esports for 3 years in a row.
Success in Esports
The brand-new category, Best Esports event is based upon the total number of viewers as well as overall presentation of the tournament. This year in 2018 saw the biggest audience count in the Overwatch League history.
Blizzard reported in a press release that there were over 10.8 million viewers for the Overwatch League event back on August 8, 2018. During the finale from August 25-26 in the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA, the event got itself with 860,000 viewers per minute, making it one of the biggest esports event of the year, according to Bizjournal.
In that same event, the team London Spitfire won the finals over Philadelphia Fusion. It was an exciting conclusion for the world event and in the end, the reigning champions have become nominated for this year’s The Game Awards for Best Esports Team.
Currently, the game has more than 40 million players as of October 29, 2018. It still ranks as one of the most active multiplayer games and one of the top FPS games with daily player count alongside CSGO.
The Game Awards 2018 will air on December 7, 2018 at 9:30 am GMT +8. You should be able to watch it on Youtube, Twitch and on social media platforms with live streaming.
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