Abay "HObbit" Khassenov of Gambit CS:GO won rookie of the year title at Esports Industry Awards 2017. The most prestigious annual Esports award ceremony took place in London on November 13. HObbit competed against Robin "Ropz" Kool of mousesports (CS:GO), Mike Yeung of Phoenix1 (League of Legends), Maroun "GH" Merhej of Team Liquid (Dota 2) and Nikita "Clawz" Marchinsky of Team 2z (Quake Champions). As Abay was not able to attend the ceremony in person due to Gambit CS:GO participating at IEM Oakland, his award was received by Gambit Esports CEO Konstantin "groove" Pikiner.