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Esports Awards 2020: Industry finalists, categories, more

Published: 27/Aug/2020 21:19 Updated: 27/Aug/2020 21:43

by Virginia Glaze


The 2020 Esports Awards are upon us, meaning everyone from fans to industry vets can cast their vote for their favorite teams, brands, personalities, companies and more, to take home some hardware.

After a two-month voting period — during which fans cast their decisions “in the millions” — the finalists for the Industry categories have finally been revealed, and they’re stacked with top-tier experts, pros, and influencers vying for some of the Awards’ greatest acknowledgements.


Popularly hailed as the “Oscars” of esports, the Esports Awards has now revealed its finalists for such categories as Esports Journalist of the Year, Esports Game of the Year, and even Esports Coverage Website of the Year — a category we at Dexerto were nominated for!

Previously, the award organizers announced the various nominees to the Community awards, but have now revealed who will be going up for the Industry.


Industry finalists for the 2020 Esports Awards are:

Esports Journalist of the Year:

  • Ashley Kang
  • Jarek Lewis
  • Richard Lewis
  • Emily Rand
  • Adam Fitch
  • Duncan Shields
  • Jacob Wolf
  • Tyler Erzberger

Esports Hardware Provider of the Year:

  • Razer
  • AMD
  • Logitech
  • Intel
  • Nvidia
  • HyperX
  • Corsair
  • Asus Rog
  • Alienware
  • Scuf Gaming
  • Elgato
  • Respawn

Esports Commercial Partner of the Year:

  • Intel
  • Red Bull
  • BMW
  • Logitech
  • Mastercard
  • State Farm
  • Mountain Dew Game Fuel
  • Nike
  • Louis Vuitton

Esports Coverage Website of the Year in association with Sizzle Creative:

  • ESPN
  • The Esports Observer
  • Esports Insider
  • Dexerto
  • Liquipedia
  • HLTV
  • The Score Esports
  • Inven Global

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Esports Game of the Year in association with Koyo:

  • League of Legends
  • CS:GO
  • COD Modern Warfare
  • Dota 2
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rocket League
  • F1 2019
  • Fortnite

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Esports Publisher of the Year:

  • Riot Games
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Valve
  • Ubisoft
  • Epic Games
  • PUBG Corp
  • Psyonix
  • 2K
  • EA
  • Supercell
  • Tencent

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Esports Supporting Agency of the Year in association with Grind Gaming:

  • ESG Law
  • Hitmarker Jobs
  • The Story Mob
  • Esports Engine
  • Character Select Agency
  • Prodigy Agency
  • Paper Crowns

The Esports Awards has also introduced its very first Lifetime Achievement Award Inductee in fighting game legend Daigo Umehara, best known for his historic and jaw-dropping performances in competitive Street Fighter.


As a six-time EVO champion, one of the fighting game community’s — and competitive gaming, in general — greatest players, is the first to receive such an honor.

Make sure to stay tuned to see who will be nominated for the rest of the categories and vote here to cast your ballot for who deserves recognition in the 2020 Esports Awards Show.

Call of Duty

CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.


Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 


Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”


As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”


While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.


It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.