AWARDS RECEPTION | OCT 2, 2018 | 7:00PM -9:45PM

Esports Arena Las Vegas

The Tempest Awards acknowledge 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.

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23 Categories Covering Every Element of the Industry

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

Review Categories

Rising Stars

Recognizes esports professionals who are early in their careers (age 35 and under) and already driving the dollars and fostering innovation in the esports industry.

Esports Tournament of the Year

This category honors the best esports tournaments from the past year based on attendance, attendee engagement, and production. Awards will be given for local, national, and global tournaments.

New Tournament of the Year

Recognizes the best esports tournament held within the past year based on attendance, engagement, and production. Awards will be given for local, national, and global tournaments. Note: This category is similar to Esports Tournament of the Year. The difference is that this category is for new tournaments.

Brand of the Year

Honoring the brand with the best integrated esports activation spanning live and broadcast/online/social.

Esports Game of the Year

Honoring the game that grabbed the headlines and reset how competitive gaming flowed in 2018. Awards given in each of the following categories:
-Best Game
-Best New Game

Game Publisher of the Year

Honoring the company whose innovation, investment and engagement for its games drove esports to new heights.

Best Event Stream

Honoring a specific production that ran solely on digital channels, based on quality, reach and viewer engagement.

Streamer of the Year

Recognizing the individual who has made an impact on delivering content based on a combination of total followers, quality streams, social impact, and viewer growth.

Esports Team of the Year

Honors the team that best embraced its fans, invigorated sponsors and grew its global brand.

Ambassador Award for Personality of the Year

Recognizes the person who became the face for competitive gamers worldwide, as a caster/host/on-air personality in the past year, engaging audiences and bringing a professional spark as an ambassador for the industry

Venue of the Year

Recognizes the venue that best welcomed the gaming community and provided accommodations and facilities that enhanced the experience of players, organizers, sponsors, and fans.

Best Tech

Recognizes the new technologies that elevated the game, enhanced players’ experiences and/or evolved the viewing experience. Awards given in each of these categories: Best Hardware; Best Software.

Esports-themed Program (non-competitive)

This series (scripted or unscripted) went beyond the battles to create a terrific show dedicated to the world of esports.

Best Brand Activation

This award honors a specific activation from a brand, leveraging the power of gaming with effective promotions to create awareness and business impact.

Best TV Broadcast

Recognizing the outlet that delivered a fresh take on live competitive gaming, presenting a contest that was appealing, professional and fun to both hardcore and casual fans.

Best License & Merchandising Activation

Recognizes the most creative use of a logo, image or other asset in an esports platform to create a new take on a product.

Best Social Experience

Awarded to the company that best leveraged technology and social media to take their esports engagement experience to new heights. Awards given in the following categories:
– Teams
– Leagues
– Game Publishers
– Brands
– Venues

Executives of the Year

Recognizes the individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders who by their efforts have made significant contributions to the growth of the esports industry. Accepting nominatinos from teams, leagues, game publishers, brands and venues.

Awards Event Overview


Individual Ticket - $375

Table of 4 - $1,500 Table of 10 - $3,500


Winners of the Tempest Awards will be announced live on stage at the Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel October 2, during the Esports Business Summit and showcased across digital channels reaching over 300,000 key esports and marketing executives. The Tempest Awards gala will take place on Tuesday, October 2 from 7:30PM - 9:45PM. Click here to register.


Questions about the Tempest Awards or registration? Please contact:

Cathy Pearson 203.899.8470