The Esports Awards, the only dedicated event which honours the industry’s elite, is excited to announce the full format for this year’s event which will include a full weekend from the 20-21st November of celebration, B2B showcases, top-class networking, and the most prestigious names in the esports industry.
This year the Esports Awards is creating its biggest and most diverse event yet with the addition of the Esports Awards Expo and its inclusion in the Esports Assemble, four days of the finest events, and insights from industry figures. Esports Assemble, which includes ESI Digital Winter and the Esports Awards Expo, will play host to unparalleled B2B esports content, extensive networking, and conclude with the Esports Awards main ceremony which will celebrate every corner of the esports industry.
The Esports Awards Expo will include a weekend of the best B2B content programming featuring the iconic Esports Awards Leadership Summits, brand showcases from the industries’ biggest thought-leaders, and the Esports Awards Prelude Show. The events will take place on a purpose-built platform with VOD’s available around the clock allowing global connectivity and networking.
Hosted by Gabriella ‘LeTigress’ Devia-Allen and Thom ‘F.’ Badinger on the 20th November the Esports Awards Prelude Show will provide the perfect backdrop of celebration ahead of the main ceremony. The Prelude will play host to the Esports Lifetime Achievement Class of 2020 where six leading industry figures will be officially inducted. It will also kick off the award winners announcements with nine awards including Esports Collegiate Award, Esports Hardware Provider of the Year, Esports Commercial Partner of the Year, Esports Photographer of the Year, Esports Videographer of the Year, Esports Coach of the Year, Esports Analyst of the Year, Esports Content Series of the Year and Panel’s Choice Award.
As the pinnacle event of the weekend, the Esports Awards ceremony on 21st November will provide a unique and immersive virtual experience. With all the usual prestige and glamour, the main event will celebrate those individuals that have pushed the industry forward and made a lasting impact. This year Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere will once again co-host the main event, making it her third year in a row. The veteran host and interviewer discussed her return to the Esports Awards on tonight’s Spotlight Show.
A total of 22 prestigious awards will be given out including the likes of Esports Supporting Agency of the Year in association with Grind Gaming, Esports Console Rookie of the Year in Partnership with Scuf Gaming, Organisation of the Year, Esports Play of the Year in association with RESPAWN, and Esports Mobile Player of the Year. A full list of awards along with this year’s nominees can be found here.
“We are incredibly excited to bring you the full schedule for this year’s Esports Awards which sees us break new ground and produce something that is truly unique within our industry. 2020 has been a challenging year and has proven just how resilient, versatile, and bursting with talent our industry is, and it’s more important than ever before that we celebrate and honour those individuals and organisations. We are proud to be able to bring the Esports Awards to life in the virtual world and we look forward to welcoming our partners, awards nominees, and community to our most ambitious and biggest Esports Awards to date,” said Michael Ashford, Managing Director, Esports Awards.
The Esports Awards is also happy to announce that Mike Sepso and Lim ‘Boxer’ Yo-hwan are the final members of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. Sepso started his esports journey back in 2002 when he co-founded Major League Gaming, growing it into the largest and most recognisable global esports league. His long list of accolades also includes the launch of Activision Blizzard’s first esports division and the creation of Vindex, an industry-leading esports infrastructure platform.
Lim ‘Boxer’ Yo-hwan is the most successful professional StarCraft player of all time and is regarded as one of South Korea’s biggest esports icons. Throughout his successful career, Boxer became a two-time Starleague champion, KPGA Tour champion, and two-time WCG champion. Sepso and Yo-hwan join industry veteran Craig ‘Torbull’ Levine, esports journalist Richard Lewis, street fighting legend Daigo Umehara, and esports pioneer Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel as members of the award. All six inductees will be honoured during the Esports Awards Prelude on the 20th of November.
Esports Gear, the leading esports apparel company, is returning as a partner for this year’s awards. Esports Awards and Esports Gear will work together to produce some exclusive merchandise for this year’s main event. Last year Esports Gear helped in producing some one-of-a-kind apparel and surprises for the awards winners, hosts, and VIP guests. Other partners for the 2020 Esports Awards include Arlington CVB, Scuf Gaming, Sizzle Creative, Esports Stadium Arlington, Koyo Store, RESPAWN, Matrix Keyboards, eBeatz, Touch of Ginger, Grind Gaming, eFuse, and Live CGI.
Voting for all Esports Awards categories close on the 8th of November. For more information on how to vote head to www.esportsawards.com
All the Esports Awards’ Spotlight Shows can be found: https://m.twitch.tv/esportsawards/profile
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