Tempest Awards Finalists

Hall of Fame Honoree

Kevin Lin

Kevin Lin is a 2004 Yale graduate and Co-Founder of Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for video game culture and an array of emerging content surfaced by its users. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of the service when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. Kevin now leads Culture, Strategy, and Innovation, where he is responsible for new Twitch programs including original content and corporate strategy. Currently, 15 million community members gather every day on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch, and chat.


Hector Rodriguez

When Hector Rodriguez picked up the reins for his Call of Duty team in 2006, it was less an opportunity and more taking on responsibility. OpTic Gaming was not yet the defining North American esports organization. Its trophy cabinet was still bare. They were known primarily as a sniping team, turning out highlight clips of their best moments as proof of valor and skill, and esports itself wasn’t yet developed enough as an industry to reflect the allure and glory that we take for granted now.

Under his executive stewardship, the organization grew rapidly. While hewing close to its Call of Duty roots, the organization grew out to be an industry leader in content creation – and a major contender on the circuit, with multiple world championship titles to its name. With OpTic’s extension into other titles, and even other genres, CEO Hector Rodriguez can lay claim to spearheading one of the most successful esports brands in the world.

Ambassador Award for On-Air Personality of the Year

  • Alex ‘Machine’ Richardson

    ESL

  • Chris Puckett

    Blizzard Entertainment

  • Larry Ridley

    NBA 2K League

  • Laure Valee

    Riot Games

  • Rachel ‘Seltzer’ Quirico

    NBC Universal

Best Brand Activation

  • Alienware Training Facility w/Team Liquid

    Alienware

  • Buffalo Wild Wings + Dignitas partnership

    Momentum Worldwide, Buffalo Wild Wings and Dignitas

  • ESL and Mercedes-Benz

    ESL

  • Houston Outlaws – Band Together

    Infinite Esports & Entertainment

  • OMEN Challenge at TwitchCon 2017: PUBG Edition

    Giant Spoon & Infinity Marketing

  • Gillette, Twitch & Team SoloMid

    Gillette

Best Event Stream

  • eMLS All-Star Challenge presented by Wells Fargo

    Major League Soccer

  • MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship

    Major League Baseball

  • Ninja Vegas ’18

    Allied Esports

  • Red Bull Rise Till Dawn

    Red Bull Media House

  • The ELEAGUE Major: Boston

    ELEAGUE

Best License & Merchandising Activation

  • Adidas/North Merchandise

    Adidas

  • Houston Outlaws – Band Together

    Infinite Esports & Entertainment

  • New York Excelsior (NYXL)

    Sterling.VC (on behalf of New York Excelsior)

  • Red Bull Conquest

    Red Bull

  • Ultimate Media Ventures/Philadelphia Fusion

    Ultimate Media Ventures/Philadelphia Fusion

Best Social Experience

  • ELEAGUE Social Team

    ELEAGUE

  • eMLS Cup presented by Playstation

    Major League Soccer

  • Houston Outlaws – Band Together

    Infinite Esports & Entertainment

  • MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship

    Major League Baseball

Best Tech

  • Alienware Command Center – Best Software

    Alienware

  • Gears of War Interactive Esports Live Stream

    Maestro

  • MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship

    Major League Baseball

  • Player Eye-Tracking for ELEAGUE’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive & Street Fighter V Coverage

    ELEAGUE

  • VR League

    Oculus, ESL & Intel

Best TV Broadcast

  • 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship

    National Hockey League

  • Madden Bowl Finals

    NFL/EA

  • Overwatch League Grand Finals

    ESPN/Blizzard

  • The ELEAGUE Major: Boston

    ELEAGUE

  • Universal Open Rocket League

    NBC

Brand of the Year

  • Game Like A Champion

    Alienware

  • Intel

    Intel

  • State Farm

    ReKTGlobal

  • T-Mobile

    T-Mobile

  • Turtle Beach

    Turtle Beach

New Game of the Year

DragonBall FighterZ

Bandai Namco

  • Echo Arena

    Ready At Dawn

  • Fortnite: Battle Royale

    Epic Games

  • MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship

    Major League Baseball

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

    PUBG Corporation

Esports Competition – Season/Series

  • Call of Duty World League

    Activision Blizzard

  • Capcom Pro Tour

    Capcom

  • ESL Pro League

    ESL

  • League of Legends Championship Series

    Riot Games

  • Overwatch League

    Blizzard

Esports Competition – Single Tournament or Event

  • EVO

    EVO

  • IEM Katowice

    ESL

  • IEM Pyeongchang – Winter Olympics

    Intel

  • The ELEAGUE Major: Boston

    ELEAGUE

  • The International 2017

    Valve

Esports Team Organization of the Year

  • Cloud 9/London Spitfire

  • Echo Fox

  • FNATIC

  • G2 Esports

  • Los Angeles Valiant

  • New York Excelsior (NYXL)

  • The Houston Outlaws

    Infinite Esports & Entertainment

  • Philadelphia Fusion

  • Rogue

  • Team Liquid

Esports-themed Program (non-competitive)

  • ELEAGUE The Challenger: Street Fighter V

    ELEAGUE

  • Good Game

    YouTube

  • Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon

    Filmrise

  • EA Sports Madden NFL America

    NFL

  • Heads Up Daily

    QYOU Media

Executives of the Year

  • Andrew Paradise

    Skillz Inc.

  • Craig Barry

    ELEAGUE/Turner Sports

  • Frank Azor

    Alienware

  • Nate Nanzer

    Blizzard Entertainment

  • Noah Whinston

    Immortals, LLC

New Esports Competition – Season/Series

  • 2K League

    NBA

  • Body Count Fighting

    Machinima

  • Friday Fortnite

    UMG/Keemstar

  • Overwatch League

    Blizzard

  • Red Bull Conquest

    Red Bull

New Esports Competition – Single Tournament/Event

  • 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship

    National Hockey League

  • eMLS Cup Presented by Playstation

    Major League Soccer

  • FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2018

    FIFA

  • MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship

    Major League Baseball

  • PUBG Global Invitational

    PUBG

  • Red Bull Rise Till Dawn

    Red Bull

The Watch List

  • Anna Rozwandowicz

    The Story Mob

  • Jinhee Ahn Kim

    UYU Ltd.

  • Jonathan Spector

    Blizzard Entertainment

  • Julian Castro

    Obey Alliance

  • Kalie Moore

    The Story Mob

  • Kristen Salvatore

    Twitch

  • Markel Lee

    Infinite Esports & Entertainment

  • Mike LaBelle

    New York Red Bulls, eMLS

  • Nicola Piggott

    The Story Mob

  • Robert Del Papa

    Tempo Storm

  • Siefe

    Turtle Beach

  • Zorine Te

    Player2

Streamer of the Year

  • DrDisRespect

    Turtle Beach

  • ELEAGUE

    ELEAGUE

  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

    Red Bull

  • Overwatch League

    Blizzard Entertainment

  • Riot Games

    Riot games

Outstanding Collegiate Esports Team/Program

  • Baruch College of the City University of New York

  • Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Rouge et Au of Laval University

  • University of California at Berkeley

  • University of California Irvine

Venue of the Year

  • Barclays Center

    AEG

  • Blizzard Arena

    Blizzard Entertainment

  • ELEAGUE Arena

    ELEAGUE

  • Esports Arena Las Vegas

    Allied Esports

  • PokerGO Studio

    ESP Gaming