The Game Awards 2022 esports nominees revealed
Here are the esports-related categories for The Game Awards 2022.
Geoff Keighley's yearly salute to all things video games is here yet again, with The Game Awards 2022 esports nominees being revealed alongside the likes of God of War and Elden Ring. While it's lovely to see esports be mentioned on a mainstream gaming stage, one can't help but notice that the nominations come from only the most recognizable brands. This includes nominations for "Best Esports Game" including nothing but titles that weren't released in 2022 and heavy representation from League of Legends and CS: GO.
Who will win? Tune in and find out on December 7 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST, live on all streaming platforms.
For a full list of the nominees feel free to check out The Game Awards website. Here's a look below at The Game Awards 2022 esports-related nominees.
Best Fighting Game
For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.
- DNF Duel (Arc System Works / Eighting / Neople / Nexon)
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
- The King of Fighters XV (SNK)
- MultiVersus (Player First Games / Warner Bros. Games)
- Sifu (Sloclap)
Best Multiplayer Game
For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward / Activision)
- MultiVersus (Player First Games / WB Games)
- Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
- Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games / Dotemu)
Best Esports Game
For the game that has delivered the best overall esports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
- DOTA 2 (Valve)
- League of Legends (Riot Games)
- Rocket League (Psyonix / Epic Games)
- VALORANT (Riot Games)
Best Esports Athlete
The Esports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021, irrespective of game.
- Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen.G, League of Legends)
- Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, League of Legends)
- Finn “karrigan” Andersen ( (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
- Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, VALORANT)
Best Esports Team
Recognizing a specific Esports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.
- DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
- FaZe Clan (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
- Gen.G (League of Legends)
- LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
- LOUD (VALORANT)
Best Esports Coach
The Esports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.
- Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
- Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)
- Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT)
- Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
- Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, League of Legends)
Best Esports Event
Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.
- EVO 2022
- 2022 League of Legends World Championship
- PGL Major Antwerp 2022
- The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational
- VALORANT Champions 2022
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