Streams and tournaments are nice, but how about them awards, bro? Esports also have their Academy Awards/Golden Globes/Cannes/Emmys/Grammys or whatever – it's the Esports Awards! Let's see what they got in store for us!
The Esports Awards just had their second Spotlight Show with some exciting reveals about this year's ceremony. Before we show you the community awards finalists, we would like to drop a link to the Twitch stream where you can follow everything about the awards.
The best of the best from the industry are honored at the Esport Awards, and the ceremony has a lot in store for 2020. At this point, it's needless to say that this year everything will be happening online as the coronavirus pandemic keeps the world under its rule. The live event of Esports Awards would not return until next year.
In addition to the usual category lineup, this year the awards are honoring the community by launching the #FortheGamers Esports Award Fund, which will give $10,000 to an applicant who would use the money to expand his or her contribution to esports. The fund is open to business ventures, esports facilities projects, and is aimed at supporting grassroots esports initiatives.
Applications for the $10,000 grant funding are now open on the Esports Awards website and three finalists will be shortlisted in October. The award fund is set up in partnership with eFuse, whose Founder and CEO Matthew Benson had this to say about the new venture:
“It’s a privilege to be able to partner with the guys over at the Esports Awards to continue eFuse’s mission of creating life-changing opportunities. Every day we see more and more talented individuals make their entrance into industry and we want to provide them with the resources to reach the next level. The #FortheGamers Esports Awards Fund is truly unique and we can’t wait to discover the next generation of esports leaders that we have no doubt will be celebrated on an Esports Awards stage in years to come.”
And now, for the even more exciting part. During the spotlight show, we got the names of the Esports Awards finalists for the community awards. Let's have a look at the unveiled list:
Categories and Finalists
Esports Collegiate Award
- The University of California at Irvine
- Maryville University of Saint Louis
- Full Sail University
- Kevin Hoang
- College Carball
- Tyrelle Appleton
Esports Content Creator of the Year
- Ashley Kang
- Esports Talk
Esports Mobile Game of the Year
- PUBG MOBILE
- Clash Royale
- Brawl Stars
- Free Fire
- Arena of Valor
- Call of Duty Mobile
- Clash of Clans
- Mobile Legends
Esports Personality of the Year
- Dr Lupo
Streamer of the Year
- Dr Lupo
But that's not all. Two new award categories were announced to give creative minds some glory. These are:
- Esports Creative Team of the Year
- Esports Content Pieces of the Year
As Esports Awards MD Michael Ashford put it, the new categories aim at turning the spotlight on some of the most talented individuals in the esports industry, who may otherwise go unnoticed.
Finally, as in previous years, a few esports icons will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for helping esports grow and get to where it is. Their names will be revealed throughout the year and during upcoming spotlight shows. Previous recipients of the distinguished award include 100Thieves Founder and Call of Duty legend Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, MLG Co-Founder Sundance DiGiovanni, and Twitch Head of Creator Development Marcus "DJWHEAT" Graham.
To watch upcoming Esports Awards Spotlight Shows, you can always tune to their Twitch channel. As always we'll be keeping you up to date with any news around the event.