Esports Insider has inducted Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, Heather “SapphiRe” Garrozo and Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham into the ESI Hall of Fame.
The three new inductees were honored at an event in Los Angeles earlier this week, joining former inductees such as Jason “1” Lake, Michal “Carmac” Blicharz, and Chris Puckett.
Rodriguez is the CEO and founder of OpTic Gaming, one of the largest esports organisations in the world that initially focused on Call of Duty before expanding into other games. But OpTic isn’t just a big name in esports, the brand also revolutionized YouTube gaming content in the late 00’s, becoming one of the biggest content creating brands in the gaming world.
Garrozo is VP of marketing at Dignitas, but has a legacy as a pro CS:GO player that stretches back years. She is a former female CS world champion, and in recent years has transitioned to become one of the top in game observers in CS, bringing millions of fans the in game action.
Graham is now director of creative development at Twitch, but is perhaps best known as one of the iconic voices of esports’ early days having been a top caster across many games. Graham was one of the first people to start commentating over pro gaming, revolutionizing the viewing experience.
“Esports Insider believes that it is important to celebrate the passion and commitment of esports industry leaders and champions, to showcase their hard work and sacrifice while providing everyone who may not know the industry and its history, as well as our fellow insiders, a look at the lives of the people who genuinely have shaped esports, and had a hand in making it what it is today,” said Mark Mantle, Head of Strategy and Events for Esports Insider. “Esports has had a few financial ups and downs over the years and lots of our heritage has been lost to websites collapsing, being bought for the domain names and forums closing. So keeping our history alive through celebrating our greatest people is vital for a growing industry like esports.”
The ESI Hall of Fame is designed to honor people who have had a major impact on the world of esports, and will continue to induct people in the coming months and years. This group of inductees were selected for a variety of reasons, but all have changed the industry in some way.
“Very simply [these people were inducted] because of their contribution to the industry,” adds Mantle. “All for very different aspects of course. Marcus conceptualized shout-casting in the very early days and has single handedly helped and mentored an unbelievable amount of people whether he knows it or not. Hector changed the rules of fan engagement when he first arrived on the scene and everyone has been copying what he started in 2009. Heather has been a champion not just in game but out of it. She has done more for her peers in esports in the last couple of years than many of us would hope to achieve in a lifetime. A truly inspiring individual who we hope will continue to push boundaries and continue to represent us all for years to come.”