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FormaL and Seikoo win Esports Controller Player and Controller Rookie of the year cover image

FormaL and Seikoo win Esports Controller Player and Controller Rookie of the year


The Controller Rookie and Controller Player of the year was a stacked category at the Esport Awards. But FormaL and Seikoo came out on top!

The Esports Awards are a night that celebrates the best of the best in the wonderful Esports industry. Among the plethora of awards presented throughout the night, there is the Controller Rookie of the year as well as Controller Player of the year. Both categories featured players from all different gaming backgrounds. But only one can walk away with the award from each category. And so, the winner for Esports Controller Player of the year is Matthew "FormaL" Piper while Enzo "Seikoo" Grondein took home the Esports Controller Rookie of the year.

Seikoo, the Controller Rookie

The category for Controller Rookie of the year is one of the most competitive. The group was filled with tons of rising stars that included CoD's Zmer "Pred" Zulbeari and Rocket League's Axel "vaitira" Touret. However, only one could walk away with the award. And in the tough category, the French Rocket League player for Team BDS, Seikoo took home the award.
Seikoo has had a phenomenal year to say the least. With 3 first place finishes at top tier tournaments, including the RLCS 2021-2022 World Championships, he's made quite a name for himself. On top of his nomination and win for Controller Rookie, he's also been nominated for best Controller Player of the year. So suffice to say, he's earned the award.
The full list of nominees for the Esports Rookie of the Year are as follows:
  • Amer "Pred" Zulbeari
  • Matias "Scorpionprocs" Martinez
  • Adam "Bound" Gray
  • Axel "vatira" Touret
  • Emre "EmreYilmaz" Yilmaz

FormaL takes home Controller player of the Year Award

On the other hand, there is the overall Controller player of the year category. This category is even more stacked than the Rookie category. With incredible Controller powerhouses like Noyan "Genburten" Ozkose and Leonardo "MKLeo" Lopez Perez. In the end however, the FormaL took home the award with his phenomenal year over the course of the FormaL tour.
FormaL has a history of playing professional Call of Duty for OpTic Gaming. With the launch of Halo Infinite, the 27-year-old switched to the new FPS game. OpTic dominated the Halo circuit winning almost every tournament that they were in attendance. They ended their season with a 5-4 win over Cloud9 in the Halo World Championship, taking home half of the $400,000 prize pool.
The full list of nominees for Esports Controller Player of the Year are:
  • Matthrew "FormaL" Piper
  • Enzo "Seikoo" Grondein
  • Kenneth "Kenny" Williams
  • Yan "yanxnz" Xisto Nolasco
  • Leonardo "MKLeo" Lopez Perez
  • Evan "M0nkey M00n" Rogez
  • Dered "iDom" Ruffin
  • Umut "Umut" Gultekin
  • Noyan "Genburten" Ozkoze
With the Esports Awards finally making its return since the pandemic, the event and twitch chat are in full swing. Live from the beautiful resorts World Hotel in Las Vegas, you can catch the stream on the official Esports Awards twitch channel. For more coverage of the Esports Awards, stay tuned to Esports
Noah Pather
Noah Pather
Editor | Twitter @knowagh
Noah is a senior psychology student at the University of Ottawa, studying to become an athletic therapist. After watching Valve's Free to Play documentary in 2014, he got hooked on Dota 2 and hasn't looked back since. When he's not crushing mid-lane on Puck he is racing through King's Canyon as Octane. Self-proclaimed trilingual expert. Firmly believes V for Vendetta is the best film of all time.