Overwatch returned to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this week to be recognized yet again for its brilliance at The Game Awards 2017.
It picked up the title of “Best Esports Game” after beating the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Rocket League. The team-based shooter was also honored for being the “Best Ongoing Game” at the annual event.
The competitive crowd is a bit unhappy over the results. The Overwatch League has only begun its pre-season this week, and will be commencing with the inaugural season next month. In comparison, the community feels that the other nominees were more deserving of the esports award.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, for example, has been hosting mighty events throughout the year and even broke a few streaming records on Twitch in the process. The League of Legends World Championship filled the Beijing National Stadium last month for the grand finals. Dota 2, similarly, has been impressive by breaking records for its crowd-funded prize pots.
Even in the second category, the other nominees have shown remarkable success this year. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds needs no introduction for one thing. Rainbow Six Siege has surged in popularity, and Warframe has returned with massive offerings as well.
The Game Awards 2017 is overseen by a jury comprised of international publications and media outlets, as well as fan-votes. Perhaps it was the passionate players that rallied to see their favorite game take home the award.
This is the second year in a row that Overwatch has been recognized for being an esports phenomenon. It bagged awards for “Best Esports Game, Best Game Direction, Best Multiplayer, and Game of the Year” at The Game Awards last year.