Wings Gaming is among the nominees from China for the Laureus Awards. The prestigious award celebrates athletes and teams from around the world with remarkable achievements. The Chinese stars have earned a place among the nominees from China – alongside other great traditional athletes from their nation.
We are so happy to be nominated for Laureus Awards. Its our honor standing with those Olympic stars. They are our national heroes. pic.twitter.com/ZrAf8AlExM
— Wings Gaming (@wingsgamingcn) November 11, 2016
Wings Gaming has just been nominated for the Laureus Awards.
The Laureus Awards are “held annually, celebrating the most remarkable men and women from the world of sport along with their achievements from the previous calendar year.”
Being nominated on this list is an incredible honor and feat – especially for esports. The last time an esports professional was nominated was Li “Sky” Xiaofeng from Warcraft III.
Last year’s nominations for team of the year include greats such as FC Barcelona and United States Women’s Soccer (Football) team.
China is also nominating Shiming Zou (boxer), Junhui Ding (snooker professional), Jie Ke (GO world no.1). The winner who will be submitted for the award will be revealed on December 15th.
A Nominations Panel of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters vote to create a shortlist of six nominations in five categories – Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year.
The nominations for two additional categories – the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year and the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability are produced by Specialist Panels.
The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy then vote by secret ballot to select the Award winners in all seven categories.
On the 27th October, 2016 the team received a certificate from the Guiness World Records for their achievement of winning the largest single prize in esports – $9,139,002.
Wings Gaming did not make any changes heading into the Fall Major 2016 season. The TI6 championship team had decided to keep their roster intact.
From unknowns to infamous in the course of one year, the Chinese stars soared above the rest to bring a tale of comradery, innovation and passion to the stage.
Formed in August 2015, the Chinese then team made a clean sweep over Team Liquid, 3:0, in the Grand Finals of ESL One Manila. They walked with their first championship title as a team and the $100,000 first place prize.
The team was directly invited to the Manila Major where they had a disappointing finish taking 13-16th place. Their next premier LAN event – Nanyang Dota 2 Championships Season 2 brought back to the forefront the infamous drafting and strategies that Wings became known for and an astounding second place finish.
They then amazed fans around the world once again when they outplayed OG 3:1 in the grand finals of The Summit 5 for the trophy and title.
Their greatest accomplishment being TI6.
By upsetting the TI5 champions – Evil Geniuses and sending them to the lower brackets, Wings Gaming had become the first team to advance to the Grand Finals and secure themselves a top two finish overall. They overpowered Digital Chaos 3:1 for a spectacular finish and crowning achievement.
Already this season they have taken their first championship title for the year at Nanyang Dota 2 Championships – Cruise Cup #1 last month.
Wings Gaming roster:
Zhou “bLink” Yang
Zhang “bian” Ruida
Chu “Shadow” Zeyu
Zhang “Innocence” Yiping
Li “iceice” Peng