The Tempest Awards acknowledges the esports industry’s most innovative companies and executives, with
categories that span production, talent, and technology. 

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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 Tempest Awards gala on October 19, held in conjunction with the 2021 Esports Business Summit. Get your tickets HERE! 


The Tempest Awards cover every aspect of this rapidly expanding space: Esports Executive of
the Year, Brand Activations, Tournaments, Venues, and so much more.

    • 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 Consumer Media Outlet

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

      Best Social Experience

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

      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 Mobile Gaming Event/League

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

      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 Production of a Virtual Event

      These honorees kept audiences captivated with flawless and entertaining production and technology values throughout a virtual event. Implementing innovative ways to experience gameplay, and top-notch talent to forward the story.  This award is specific to individual virtual events, not a virtual series of events. 

      Best Podcast

      The podcast that became the voice of the industry

      Best Sports/Sim Event/League

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

    • 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. 

      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

      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. 

      Diversity + Inclusive Initiatives

      This category recognizes some of the best initiatives throughout the world of esports in launching diversity and inclusion programs, whether it comes from a grassroots level or the pro scene.

      Esports Virtual Event of the Year

      This category honors the best production and presentation of virtual tournaments and events experience from the past year. Fans flocked to see this event— across online platforms. 

      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.

      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. 

    • Innovative Use of Technology

      Guiding us into the future, this award recognizes how a company leveraged technology to improve the esports experience, whether it was used for a broadcast, to measure data, improve workflow, etc. 

      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.

      Licensing and Merchandising

      Extending the brand and feeding the fans, who delivered creative and successful merch that made us want to keep coming back for more? Teams, leagues, publishers, platforms, and content creators are all eligible. 

      Marketer of the Year

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

      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

      Social Good Initiative

      Honoring programs the impacted charitable causes, which organization best-leveraged reach within the community and its fans at changing the world and making it a better place?

      Social Media Executive

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

      The Watch List

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

  • 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, 2020-July 15, 2021. 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.


    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
    Overall Design & Presentation
    Overall Impact

    Entry Deadlines

    Early Bird Deadline: July 15
    Entries received by 11:59 PM ET on July 15th are $345 per entry.

    Late Deadline: July 29
    Entries received after July 15th 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.)


    Questions about the Tempest Awards or registration? 

    Please contact:
    Katie DeSilva  203.899.8484