The Breakthrough Player of the Year honours a competitor who competes using a controller (or similar device for e.g. fight stick, racing wheel etc) or PC, over the previous 12 months at the highest level. The award is judged on the merit of both honours won throughout the year and the skill cap of the individual. They could be a world champion in their chosen game, one of the highest skilled players or have pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible with a controller or similar device, in hand. Their performances across the year will have impressed and, while winning isn’t a requirement, they will have a few trophies on their shelf. They may have defined a meta, built a massive fan base through their play or simply just been too good for the opposition.
A player who has competed over the past 12 months.
Has achieved success in their chosen game, be that through tournament wins, popularity or critical acclaim.
A player who has previously not been considered a top player or a player who is in a rookie season.
This award is 75% voted by the panel and 25% voted by the community.