Clash Royale beat League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2, Street Fighter 5 for BAFTA esports audience award

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Clash Royale won the Esports Audience Award. (Supercell)
Clash Royale won the Esports Audience Award. (Supercell)

Mobile strategy game Clash Royale has been awarded the 2017 Esports Audience Award at the BAFTA’s, one of Britain’s top award shows. As the award title implies, the winner is decided by audience vote, and the award ultimately went to Clash Royale (via Dot Esports).

Other nominated games in the category were Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, and Street Fighter V.

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According to Dot Esports, BAFTA’s vice president of games, David Gardner, is also one of the investors in Clash Royale developer Supercell, which makes for a potential conflict of interest.

Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter Overwatch picked up the award in the Multiplayer category, and Rocket League won the Evolving category.

BAFTA first recognized video games and other interactive media at its inaugural BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards ceremony in 1998. In 2006, BAFTA announced the decision to “give video games equal status with film and television,” and games are now a major topic that annually warrant recognition.

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