On November 8, 2017, it was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dennis ‘INTERNETHULK’ Hawelka.

To the esports world, Dennis was more than just an accomplished player and coach – he was a friend, a confidant, someone people looked towards for guidance and support. He reached out to those around him, drew them in and built them up. In doing so, he not only helped forge the foundation of competitive Overwatch worldwide, he changed countless lives for the better, in game and out.

In his memory, the Overwatch League is introducing The Dennis Hawelka Award. This award will be presented at the end of each Overwatch League season to the player that we deem to have had the most positive impact on the community.

From all of us here at the Overwatch League and Blizzard Entertainment, we send our deepest condolences to Dennis’ loved ones. His intelligence, generosity and friendship will never be forgotten.

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