The Tempest Awards acknowledges the esports industry’s most innovative companies and executives, with categories that span production, marketing, 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 today. Winner will be announced during the live awards gala on September 11 at HyperX Esports Arena, Las Vegas.

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Enter Across 22 Categories

From new tournaments and brand activations to venues and rising stars, the Tempest awards covers all aspects of this rapidly expanding space.

Review Categories

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.

Best Collegiate/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.

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.

Best Social Experience

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

Best Stream

This award honors a specific production of a top-notch tournament that ran solely on digital channels.

Best TV Broadcast

This linear program made the most of its outlet and delivered a fresh take on competitive gaming, presenting a contest that was appealing, professional and fun to both hardcore and casual fans.

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.

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.

Breakthrough Tech of the Year

Honoring the tech that transformed esports this year, this honor salutes the new technologies that elevated the game, helped players and/or evolved the viewing experience.

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.

Esports Game of the Year

This game grabbed the headlines and reset how competitive gaming evolved in 2019.

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.

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.

Hardware Provider of the Year

This company was at the forefront of esports this year with technology and hardware solutions that excited and intrigued the gaming community—and enhanced the art of gaming.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Selected by editors at Cynopsis and Event Marketer, this annual honor pays tribute to the individual whose body of work, passion and influence has transformed competitive gaming forever. This category is not open for entries.

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 since September 1 2018. 

Publisher of the Year

This category acknowledges the publishers that pushed the limits to nurture the esports industry and whose innovation, investment and engagement drove esports to new heights.

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.

Streamer of the Year

Taking the role of influencer to a whole new level, this award honors the game-themed streamer who moved the masses with his or her content.

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.

The Watch List

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

Entry Deadlines


Entries received before midnight ET on June 6th are $345 per nomination.



Entries received after June 6th will incur a $130 late fee, in addition to the regular deadline fees.



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: We suggest you save all entry content to a word document and then copy and paste from that doc into the Tempest entry system.  
  • Submitter contact information (the point person for all entry details, including the entering company’s name, address, etc.)
  • Answers to the entry questions (see below)
  • Hi-res brand logo (for the brand associated with the submission)
  • 3 related photos required  (150 MB file size limit each)


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The questions you’ll need to answer for each category can be downloaded here. We suggest that you make your answers as succinct as possible. Note that word limits are not the suggested length—they are the maximum allowable length for each answer.  


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We encourage you to submit up to 6 photos and an entry recap video (100 MB upload limit and highly recommended). Acceptable File Types:
  • Brand Logo: ai, eps
  • Images associated with submission: jpg, jpeg, png, eps, pdf
  • Sizzle Video: mp4, mov, wmv


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

Dario Cavaliere 203.899.8499