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CSMG Launches ESPORTSU Brand

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Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG), an integrated sports and entertainment media company focused on esports and traditional sports in the new creator economy, is launching ESPORTSU, its esports brand aimed at building community, content, and events across the scholastic esports environment.

ESPORTSU will enhance the property rights of more than 3000 academic institutions (high schools to two- and four-year colleges) to support content development, revenue opportunities, and exposure through regional and national events.

The launch of ESPORTSU includes the debut of its 24/7 Twitch channel, where the best collegiate content – including daily matches across all game titles from ESPORTSU’s conference partners, collegiate esports talk shows, student-produced programming, community events, charity streams, international collegiate content, live and virtual events, collegiate awards show, and educational panels – will be curated. The Twitch channel will also debut 6 hours of daily premium collegiate esports programming starting on February 1, in partnership with top collegiate esports conferences, including the ECAC, NECC, NJCAAE, and ECC.

The ESPORTSU brand will differentiate through media rights, name, image and likeness (NIL) revenue share models focused on the commercialization of esports assets through content creation and monetization, data aggregation, events and tournaments, and community building. The brand is being led by recently-hired Angela Bernhard Thomas, a decorated veteran in the entertainment and esports industry.

“The collegiate esports landscape is evolving and maturing rapidly, and our goal with ESPORTSU is not to observe collegiate esports mature – but to be the catalyst for it. We’re building the framework serving the long-term success of collegiate esports through a spirit of collaboration and alliances,” Bernhard Thomas, EVP of ESPORTSU, said.

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The Esports Awards Reveals Pro & On-Air Talent Finalists

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The Esports Awards, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to unveil the finalists for this year’s Pro, On-Air Talent, and Journalism categories which include the likes of Fnatic, Amjad “AngryBird” Al-Shalabi, and Yinsu Collins with voting now live. This year’s Esports Awards, taking place across the 29th and 30th of November, will be hosted by the most innovative and technologically advanced nightclub in Las Vegas, Zouk.

The finalists were announced live across the Esports Awards broadcast platforms, including their Twitch.tv channel by American Esports Host Daniel “dGon” Gonzales, Rocket League Caster and Content Creator Elyse “Herculyse” Herrera, Esports Caster Phil “EEVisu” Visu, and Esports Hosting royalty James “Dash” Patterson.

The Esports Awards will also host PWR UP Las Vegas, held at the luxurious Resorts World Las Vegas. PWR UP Las Vegas is the ultimate esports, tech, and gaming conference. Headlining the event is the groundbreaking Esports Awards Open, a golf tournament blending networking and entertainment with top-tier industry executives and celebrities. PWR UP Las Vegas promises to be an electrifying event that defines the future of esports, tech and gaming, powering up passion within the industry.

The full Pro, On-Air Talent and Journalism finalists are as follows:

Pro

Esports Team of the Year

  • Team Vitality – CS:GO
  • Team Vitality – Rocket League
  • Fnatic – VALORANT
  • Evil Geniuses – VALORANT
  • New York Subliners – Call of Duty
  • JD Gaming – League of Legends
  • w7m Esports – Rainbow Six Siege
  • Echo – ML:BB
  • Gaimin Gladiators – DOTA
  • TSM – Apex Legends

Esports Organisation of the Year

  • Team Vitality
  • LOUD
  • Team Liquid
  • G2 Esports
  • Gen.G Esports
  • Karmine Corp
  • Moist Esports
  • 100 Thieves
  • Optic Gaming
  • NAVI
  • NRG

Esports Coach of the Year

  • Danny “Zonic” Sørensen
  • Victor “Ferra” Francal
  • Christine “Potter” Chi
  • Ehsan “DREAL” Javed
  • Igor “igoorctg” Santos
  • Renzo “Renzo” Oemrawsingh
  • Jan “Swani” Müller
  • Aske “Cy-” Larsen
  • Yoon “Homme” Sung-young

Esports Breakthrough Player of the Year

  • Alexis “Zen” Bernier
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Thomas “Scrappy” Ernst
  • Kim “D0NGHAK” Min-sung
  • Kim “Peyz” Su-hwan
  • Anders “Vejrgang” Vejrgang
  • Martin “Yike” Sundelin

Esports PC Player of the Year

  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Cho “Maru” Seong-ju
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Quinn “Quinn” Callahan
  • Nemanja “Hunter” Kovač
  • Zhuo “Knight” Ding
  • Emir “Alfajer” Beder
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen
  • Jung “Chovy” Ji-hun

Esports Controller Player of the Year

  • Alexis “Zen” Bernier
  • Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez
  • Zain “Zain” Naghmi
  • Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley
  • Mashita “acola” Hayato
  • Amjad “AngryBird” Al-Shalabi
  • Finlay “Rise” Ferguson
  • Jack “ApparentlyJack” Benton
  • Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen

Esports Mobile Player of the Year

  • Mohamed “Mohamed Light” Tarek
  • Frederic “Bennyqt” Gonzales
  • Gaku “Gaku” Mukai
  • Erik “Joker” Granström
  • Burenbayar “TOP” Altangerel
  • Tensai “Tensai”
  • Peng “Fly” Yunfei

On-Air Talent

Esports Colour Caster of the Year

  • Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont
  • Dan “Gaskin” Gaskin
  • Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson
  • John “JohnnyBoi_i” MacDonald
  • Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy
  • Thomas “Chance” Ashworth
  • Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
  • Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
  • Chad “Spunj” Burchill
  • Michael “Hypoc” Robins

Esports Desk Analyst of the Year

  • Mimi “aEvilCat” Wermcrantz
  • Tyler “Tbates” Bates
  • Barento “Raz” Mohammed
  • Alyssa “Allycxt” Parker
  • Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler
  • Mira “Ephey” Riad
  • Alex “Mauisnake” Ellenberg
  • Kale “Genome” Morton
  • Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez

Esports Host of the Year

  • Alex “GoldenBoy” Mendez
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Freya “Freya” Spiers
  • Sean “Stax” Stackhouse
  • Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons
  • Yinsu “Yinsu” Collins
  • Chris Puckett
  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden
  • Lottie Van-Praag
  • Ana Xisdê
  • James “Dash” Patterson

Esports Play by Play Caster of the Year

  • Steven “Tasty Steve” Scott
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Brennon “Bren” Hook
  • Mark “Onset” Hatcher
  • Conner “Scrawny” Girvan
  • Brandon Smith
  • Callum “Shogun” Keir
  • Clayton “Captain Flowers” Raines
  • Mitch “Uber” Leslie
  • Bruno “BrunoClash” Veiga Lopes
  • Miles Ross
  • Lauren “Pansy” Scott

Esports Journalist of the Year

  • Richard Lewis
  • Dominic Sacco
  • Kevin Hitt
  • Alexander Lee
  • James Fudge
  • Mikhail Klimentov
  • Antonio Yuste
  • Cecilia D’Anastasio
  • Alejandro Gomis

“I’m continually awestruck by the incredible talent present in the esports industry. It’s an absolute joy to gather everyone and create a space where we can acknowledge, celebrate, and foster growth. I’m eagerly anticipating the upcoming night of fun and camaraderie we’ll share in Las Vegas this November.” Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards

The Esports Awards 2023 campaign key dates:

  • 13th – 20th November: Turbo voting period–votes are worth double
  • 20th November: Voting closes on all categories but 3
  • 25th November: Voting closes for Esports PC Player, Esports Organisation and Esports Team of the Year
  • 27th & 28th November: Inaugural Scholars
  • 29th & 30th November: Esports Awards 2023

The 2023 Esports Awards is brought to you in partnership with Xfinity, Oakley, Amazon Music, Sizzle Creative, and 5GRV.

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HP Inc. and edX Launch Free Professional Certificate Program in Esports Management, Game Design, and Programming

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edX, a leading global online learning platform from 2U Inc., and global technology leader HP Inc. announced a new online Professional Certificate program in Esports Management, Game Design, and Programming to bring cutting-edge skills to learners globally.

Available in English and Arabic (with more languages to follow later this year), the new Professional Certificate program includes over 60 curated modules designed to prepare learners for jobs in the gaming, media, and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors. HP is covering the full cost of enrollment in the certificate track for all learners. Enrollment is open at edX.org.

“Working with edX reflects our commitment to supporting learners worldwide by providing access to free educational content in the field of gaming. We are taking a vital step in democratizing gaming education, ensuring that individuals have the opportunities to gain the skills they need to pursue careers in gaming and adjacent industries,” Mayank Dhingra, senior education business leader at HP, said.

As demand for gaming professionals rises, the Professional Certificate program offers a diverse curriculum across game design, game programming, and esports management. Courses encompass both technical skills, such as coding and testing, as well as essential business skills including marketing, storytelling, and content creation. Throughout the program, learners will have access to video modules, each ending with an assessment, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Learners who successfully complete each course in the Professional Certificate program will also receive a certificate of achievement for the program free of charge.

“With the launch of its first program on edX, HP joins hundreds of universities and institutions in the edX global partner network committed to expanding access to affordable, cutting-edge education in the world’s most in-demand fields. This collaboration enables HP to reach millions of aspiring learners and professionals, fostering skill development and career advancement in the gaming industry,” said Andrew Hermalyn, president of partnerships at 2U, said.

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XFINITY ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL SUPPORTING PARTNER OF THE ESPORTS AWARDS

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The Esports Awards are the most prestigious night on the esports calendar. Xfinity is now its Official Supporting Partner. This exciting partnership between the United States’ largest Internet provider and the premier platform for recognition in esports excellence and highlights the growing significance of esports on a global scale.

As part of the partnership, Xfinity will present the Esports Content Creator of the Year award during the main ceremony at Zouk Las Vegas on November 30th. This year, the Esports Awards and Xfinity are offering the Ultimate VIP Esports Awards Experience. This initiative through Xfinity Rewards- Xfinity’s free customer appreciation program – aims to reward passionate esports fans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Esports Awards ceremony as VIP guests, sharing the spotlight with their favourite influencers and celebrities.

“This partnership with Xfinity represents a significant milestone for the Esports Awards.” said Mike Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards “Xfinity’s dedication to innovation and the esports community aligns perfectly with our mission to celebrate the incredible talents and achievements within the industry.”

Mark Cruz, Senior Director of Brand Partnerships at Xfinity, commented “As one of the premier industry events, the Esports Awards are the perfect partner to help reinforce how we deliver the best gaming experience on the Xfinity 10G Network. We’re excited to continue to fuel the next generation of gamers, keeping them connected to their online communities.”

The Esports Awards’ goal of elevating the esports industry aligns seamlessly with Xfinity Internet’s commitment to providing gamers with the ultimate experience. The Xfinity 10GNetwork stands as the pinnacle of Internet service for gamers, boasting unrivalled reliability, capacity, and low latency.

However, the commitment to excellence doesn’t end there. Xfinity is continually at the forefront of innovation, with plans to further enhance the Xfinity 10G Network in the coming months, making it even smarter, faster, and more reliable. Their plans for multi-gig symmetrical speeds and ground breaking ultra-low latency features will reshape the gaming experience, making it the Internet provider of choice for players who are serious about what they love.

The 2022 Esports Awards ceremony, held at Resorts World Las Vegas, was a monumental event attended by some of the biggest names in esports and beyond, including PUBG MOBILE, LOUD, and Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, who were honored with awards. The 2022 Esports Awards campaign also achieved remarkable milestones, with over 17 million total viewers, 115 million impressions, and 10 million votes cast.

Key dates include:

  • 20th September: Pro and On-Air nominees reveal
  • 13th – 20th November: Turbo voting period–votes are worth double
  • 20th November: Voting closes on all categories but 3
  • 25th November: Voting closes for Esports PC Player, Esports Organisation and Esports Team of the Year
  • 27th & 28th November: Inaugural Scholars
  • 29th & 30th November: Esports Awards 2023
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