Richard Lewis wins Esports Lifetime Achievement Award - Dexerto

Richard Lewis wins Esports Lifetime Achievement Award

Published: 1/Oct/2020 12:38 Updated: 3/Oct/2020 13:26

by Kieran Bicknell


Dexerto editor-at-large and award-winning esports journalist Richard Lewis has become the latest inductee into the coveted Esports Awards Lifetime Achievement in esports Class of 2020.

The award honors “stalwarts of the esports industry who, over the course of their entire career, have pushed the industry forward,” and few have had such a profound effect on the scene as Richard Lewis, with the Esports Awards honoring the veteran British journalist for his work.


Having forged his own path into the esports journalism industry; Richard has been fundamental in shaping the way that the then-fledgling industry is represented in the media.

Now established as one of the most renowned esports journalists in the world, he is also the only journalist to win the coveted ‘Esports Journalist of the Year’ award on two separate occasions.

Richard Lewis Esports Awards Journalist of the year
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Richard has previously won the coveted ‘Esports Journalist Of The Year’ award.

Making a name for himself in the esports scene, Lewis is perhaps best-known for exposing a number of match-fixing scandals. Most notably, Richard was a key figure in exposing the iBuyPower CSGO scandal in 2014/15.

Not only did he expose the iBuyPower scandal, but Lewis has also been a major part in exposing a number of other CSGO betting corruption and fixing scandals. Lewis has also written numerous reports centered around unethical practices in the esports community, including contractual issues and exposing sexual abuse in the esports industry.

Alongside his journalism career, Richard is a standout figure in the esports hosting world as a former desk host of ELEAGUE, alongside his own popular creations such as The Richard Lewis Show and By The Numbers which live on his YouTube channel.


In September 2020, Lewis became the first editor-at-large for, after initially joining the team in November 2018 to write opinion-led pieces and the investigative articles than have become synonymous with his work.

The latest inductee into the prestigious class, Richard is in great company with the likes of Hector Rodriguez, Ralf Reichert, FATAL1TY, and many more.

Being such an incredible award, there are a number of strict criteria that Richard had to fit within:


“Any individual who has made a significant contribution towards elevating esports over the course of their professional career.” “Someone who has worked within the esports industry for a significant amount of time and consistently supported its growth.” “Someone who has achieved a high level of popularity thanks to their work and has been a long-time evangelist for the industry.”

Having shaped the esports scene into what we’ve come to know and love, Richard is the perfect fit for the award.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.