As of today members of the public can vote on the title they think deserves the AMD Esports Audience Award.
Voting will close on Thursday 30 March, with the winner announced at the British Games Academy Awards on April 6th in London.
The aim of this award is ‘to recognise and acknowledge the games that captured the hearts and imaginations of players and audiences over the past year in the esports space’. The shortlisted six are Overwatch, Clash Royale and Street Fighter V in addition to esports big hitters League of Legends, Dota 2 and CS:GO.
A ten strong panel of leading media, gaming and esports industry experts assembled these nominations. They based their decisions on games that were accessible to professional gamers and viewers alike, engaging to watch, constantly evolving and aesthetically desirable. The panel consists of the likes of ESL’s Spike Laurie, British Esports Association and Esports News UK’s Dom Sacco, Adam Savage of Ginx TV, Pontus Eskilsson of Twitch and more.
Christian Dotzauer, Sr. Manager, Channel Marketing of EMEA & APJ commented: “AMD is thrilled to continue our commitment to esports with this award and through our sponsorship of professional gaming teams such as Evil Geniuses and Splyce. AMD technology delivers superior performance for esports and offers the performance and stability to help esports athletes to stay on top of the competition and to help gamers who want to compete like them.
“This sponsorship is incredibly important to AMD and truly highlights our long term commitment to bringing the best technology to esports enthusiasts and gamers the world over.”
Nick Button-Brown, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee added: “The British Academy Games Awards is about celebrating creativity and excellence of the very best of Games. Esports is such an exciting area of our industry, we are delighted to be able to celebrate, in our ceremony, the games that make esports great.”
Esports Insider says: Certain public votes have taken a surprising turn in the past year or so, so we’ll avoid making any prediction on this one. Safe to say though Street Fighter has a fight on its hands.