The shortlist for the AMD Esports Audience Award at the British Academy Games Awards has been revealed.
Six games are up for the award, which is voted purely by the public.
The nominations are:
- League of Legends
- Dota 2
- Street Fighter V
- Clash Royale
Members of the public will be able to cast their votes from today (Monday February 20th) until Thursday March 30th via www.amdesportsaward.com. They can take part in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #AMDVote and #BAFTAGames.
Esports News UK editor Dominic Sacco was part of the judging panel who came up with the shortlist.
While we would've loved it if Hearthstone was on the list, Clash Royale is a surprising name - it has carved its own niche and some of the judges put a strong case for it forward.
"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."
Nick Button-Brown, BAFTA
The AMD Esports Audience Award aims to recognise and acknowledge the games that 'captured the hearts and imaginations of players and audiences' over the past year in the esports space.
Christian Dotzauer, AMD's Sr. Manager, Channel Marketing of EMEA & APJ, said: "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."
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 players and viewers are such a huge community, it makes so much sense for the community to pick its own winner, and I look forward to seeing who the community votes for."
The winner will be revealed at the British Academy Games Awards on Thursday April 6th 2017 at London's Tobacco Dock. You'll be able watch the winner revealed on live on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/bafta.
Last year's winner was SMITE.