The Tempest Awards acknowledges the esports industry’s most innovative companies and executives, with categories that span production, talent, and technology. Judged by key members of the esports community, these awards serve as North America’s top honors for the brands, the teams, the leagues, the players and the business leaders driving the competitive gaming industry.

Enter for a shot in the spotlight as winners are announced during the all-virtual Tempest Awards gala on October 28, held in conjunction with the 2020 Esports Business Summit. Get your tickets HERE!

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From esports executives of the year to killer brand activations, tournaments and venues, the Tempest Awards cover every aspect of this rapidly expanding space.

NEW THIS YEAR! Best Brand Presence on Twitch


Nominate the individual or company that deserves the spotlight for being a trailblazer in the esports industry (Self-nominations encouraged!)


Our annual roundup of the up-and-comers that are driving the dollars and fostering innovation across the esports industry. 

Esports Team of the Year

This award honors the team that not only took home the gold, but embraced its fans, invigorated sponsors and grew its global brand.

Venue of the Year

The “host with the most” over-delivered to its fans, welcoming the gaming community and tournament organizers with open arms, an inspiring environment and the utmost professionalism. 

Brand of the Year

Honoring the endemic or non-endemic brand that stood out among other brands and sponsors to engage with esports fans and players in authentic and relevant ways. 

New League of the Year

Established within the past 12 months, casual and hardcore viewers flocked to experience this competitive disruptor as they quickly established themselves as an up-and-coming mainstay in the esports world.

Best Consumer Media Outlet

Nominees in this category were outstanding in their editorial coverage of esports, delivering top-notch content that resonated with audiences

Marketer of the Year

An executive who delivered to the masses, efficiently and effectively through their marketing process

Digital Executive of the Year

Recognizes an organizational executive in charge of digital efforts who leveraged a digital voice into a movement, made opportunity when others saw a mess, and took a tool and evolved it into a machine.

Social Driver of the Year

The voice of a team, league or brand in the esports industry that owned their channels and kept followers coming back for more.

Producer/ Production Executive of the Year

The force behind the scenes of an esports-related production who was master of their domain and delivered high-quality content to the masses

Innovator During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For those that soldiered through the storm, became masters of the pivot, for the individual or team who exemplified innovation, leadership and heart in a time when all live esports events had to be canceled or postponed.


The esports events with the most Engaged attendees, immersive venues and killer production

BEST amateur/semi pro-event

These tournaments and series set the stage for players of the future, offering high production value and enthusiastic fans to create an impactful event that resonated throughout the esports industry. 

Collegiate Esports Program of the Year

The schools not only built contenders in competitive play but also created a thriving esports ecosystem for students that goes beyond the token program

Esports Event of the Year

This category honors the best tournaments and events from the past year. Fans flocked to see this event—both in person and across online platforms.

New Event of the Year

As new leagues and tournaments grow at exponential rates; this award honors the outstanding freshman event that hit the payload. Note: Event must have taken place for the first time AFTER September 1, 2019. 

Esports-Themed Program/ Documentary (non-competitive)

This series (scripted or unscripted) went beyond the battles to put on a terrific show showcasing the world of esports. 

Best Production of an Event

These honorees kept audiences captivated with flawless and entertaining production values, innovative ways to experience gameplay, and top-notch talent to forward the story.

Esports League/Series of the Year

Featuring multiple events spanning at least six weeks, these contenders made the most of their seasons, kept fans riveted and established a champion in a battle for the ages.

Best Mobile Gaming Event/League

Honoring the best in the business in establishing a competitive ecosystem for mobile games.

Best Sports/Sim Event/League

Playing virtual sports never felt so good as watching these honorees deliver top-tier competitive play for fans

Best Podcast

The podcast that became the voice of the industry


Honoring the most innovative activations and experiences that boosted marketing efforts

Best Brand Presence on Twitch

Brands who have achieved remarkable awareness on Twitch through innovative advertising campaigns that give back to the community.

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Best Endemic Brand Activation

This award honors a specific activation from an endemic esports brand (game publisher, technology provider, hardware supplier) that leveraged the power of gaming with smart and highly effective promotions to level up awareness.

Best NON-Endemic Brand Activation
This award honors a specific activation from a non-endemic brand that leveraged the power of gaming with smart and highly effective promotions to level up awareness.

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Best Venue Activation

Putting the life in live audiences, this venue knows how to excite the masses with its approach to on-site activation at an esports-themed event.

Best Social Experience

Awarded to the esports brand that best leveraged technologies and social media to take their engagement experience to new heights.


Selected by the editors of Cynopsis, Event Marketer and Chief Marketer, WE’LL pay a tribute to select honorees

Ambassador Award for Personality of the Year

This person became the face of competitive gamers worldwide, as a caster, host or player—engaging audiences and bringing their professional spark to the industry. This category is not open for entries.

Sentinel Award

Selected by editors at Cynopsis and Event Marketer, this annual honor pays tribute to an individual who has provided social good to the community. This category is not open for entries. 

Hall of Fame

Our annual honors, selected by the editors of Cynopsis, Chief Marketer and Event Marketer, pay tribute to two vital individuals who helped build the esports industry into what it is today, from games and teams to leagues and platforms. This category is not open for entries.

Entry Rules


The Tempest Awards are open to individuals and teams worldwide including: networks, MSOs, teams, leagues, associations, universities, production companies/studios, producers, video game developers/producers, website developers, app developers/producers, licensing companies, marketing companies, PR firms, ad agencies, creative services teams, developers and more. Vendors are also eligible to enter on behalf of clients.

The program is open to both national and international entrants.

Campaigns must have launched or debuted between August 1, 2019-July 15, 2020.

Multiple entries are accepted, and a single entry can be entered into more than one category. Entrants may submit as many campaigns into as many categories as they wish.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged across key leaders in the esports industry.

Keep in mind the following as you prepare your entries:

  • Originality & Creativity
  • Execution & Concept
  • Tactics
  • Overall Design & Presentation
  • Overall Impact


Entries received bY 11:59 ET on June 18th are $345 per entry.

Entries received after June 18th will incur a $150 late fee, and are $495 per entry.

Entering the Tempest Awards is even easier when you prepare your submission items in advance. See below for what you’ll need to have for each entry. Note: You’ll be able to review all entry questions and save your progress within the system as you go.

  • Submitter contact information (point person for all entry details. This is the person we should contact with any questions related to the entry and announcements about the Tempest Awards)
  • Hi-res logo (for the individual’s company or client associated with the entry. AI or EPS file types required.)
  • 3 photos required (jpg, jpeg or png required)
  • Recap or sizzle video (not required but strongly recommended. mp4, mov or wmv required. No YouTube or Vimeo links accepted.)



Finalists in every category will be announced mid-August. Winners will be announced live during the virtual Tempest Awards gala on October 28, held in conjunction with the Esports Business Summit. Tickets to the Tempest Awards gala and the Esports Business Summit can be purchased HERE.

Go inside the magic of the Tempest Awards! check out coverage from last year below.

The 2019 winners were announced live onstage during the esports business summit, by ESPN host Arda Ocal and a collection of guest presenters representing ‘The Who’s Who’ in esports. A sold-out audience of over 250 of the esports elite convened to celebrate their peers in the most prestigious awards ceremony celebrating the business of esports.


Should you have an inquiry about the categories, rules or eligibility of the Tempest Awards, please contact:


Nicole Cimo