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The Esports Awards Launches Thrilling Collegiate Award Ceremony – Scholars




  • Scholars is the premier collegiate gaming conference and awards ceremony created by the team behind the prestigious Esports Awards
  • Scholars is set to take place November 27 to 28 at Worlds Resort Las Vegas, just days before the Esports Awards
  • Nominations are now open until September 15 at ScholarsAwards .com

Scholars, the world’s premier collegiate gaming symposium created by the team behind the Esports Awards, unveiled the nomination categories for its inaugural awards ceremony alongside its first official partner. GamerTech, the gamer performance wearables and advanced apparel company, will join Scholars in Las Vegas later this year to celebrate and elevate the collegiate gaming industry.

Designed to empower students and professionals alike, Scholars provides a platform to delve into cutting-edge insights, connect with industry pioneers and celebrate excellence in the world of collegiate gaming. Scholars will feature an array of conferences and networking events taking place November 27 to 28 before the main awards ceremony.

“I’m absolutely delighted to extend a warm welcome to GamerTech as we embark on the inaugural editions of Scholars and our Collegiate Gaming Summit at PWR UP Las Vegas,” the Chief Executive Officer for the Esports Awards, Mike Ashford, said. “Through these events, we’re fully embracing the future of eSports and striving to equip gamers with the essential resources to nurture their careers.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the inaugural edition of Scholars and the Collegiate Gaming Summit,” the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for GamerTech, Amila Pathirana, said. “We believe that the collegiate gaming industry is booming and full of potential and we are excited to be a part of it. At GamerTech, we are passionate about helping our partners and gamers level up. That’s why we are happy to introduce our first performance boosting wearable product, the Magma Glove, at this event. We plan to strengthen our relationship with the Esports Awards team and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of the talented players.”

As part of the partnership, the team at GamerTech will bring its passion for players to the Scholars awards stage on November 28 at Resort World in Las Vegas by announcing the Player of the Year Award. Alongside the award, GamerTech is also the official title sponsor of the Collegiate Gaming Summit at PWR UP Las Vegas.


Created to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of talented scholars who have embraced the realms of gaming, Scholars has unveiled a host of inaugural categories to recognise those within the collegiate industry who have unrivalled dedication and skills and have shown their prowess across a myriad of disciplines.

The 2023 nomination categories include:

  • Collegiate Program of the Year
  • Conference of the Year
  • Program Director of the Year Club of the Year
  • Player of the Year presented by GamerTech Tournament Organizer
  • Team of the Year
  • Commercial Partner of the Year
  • Collegiate Student Leader of the Year
  • Institution of the Year
  • LAN of the Year
  • Global Impact on Collegiate Gaming

Join us in Las Vegas for an evening filled with anticipation, admiration and the crowning of true gaming scholars. Fans interested in attending Scholars, the premier collegiate gaming awards with the world’s most prolific collegiate teams, players, schools and their passionate communities, can register their interest at https:// esports.eventscase .com/EN/TheScholarsAwards.

Key dates:

  • September 7 – nominations open via ScholarsAwards .com
  • September 15 – Nominations close
  • September 21 – Finalist reveal and voting opens
  • November 20 – Voting closes
  • November 27- Collegiate Gaming Mixer
  • November 28 – PWR UP Collegiate Gaming Summit
  • November 28 – Scholars ceremony





Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, hosted a panel and bracket style tournament on Wednesday at the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA as part of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s Esports summer camp.

Director of Marketing and Operations, Affiliate Leagues, Wesley Acuff, Hawks Talon GC Head Coach, Ismael ‘MAELO’ Diaz Tolentino, and Hawks Talon GC players Mark David “MDS” Smith, Ludlow “LOW” Samuels and Elijah “Underratedgoat” Spears spoke to 26 camp participants about their journey to the NBA 2K League, and the uniqueness and innerworkings of the League.

“Being able to work with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and help with their Esports camp was extremely rewarding for our group to be a part of,” said Janice Koon, Vice President of G League, and NBA 2K League Operations for the Atlanta Hawks. “Our Hawks Talon Gaming Club always relish the opportunity to be able to interact with the young kids in our area, and it was a joy for them to talk to and play 2K with the campers this morning.”

After the panel, the group of campers split up into 13 teams to face off head-to-head in a NBA 2K 2v2, single elimination bracket tournament.

In addition to the tournament, the campers were able to utilize another PlayStation within the Wade Walker Family YMCA Esports lab and jump into a 2K game with the official NBA 2K League settings, while utilizing Hawks Talon GC player avatars. The campers were able to play by the official NBA 2K League rules and game settings to experience the authentic feel of being a professional NBA 2K player.


At the end of the tournament, the first, second, and third place teams received Hawks Talon Gaming Club t-shirts and sweatshirts, while all campers will be gifted an official Hawks Talon Gaming Club jersey with the YMCA patch.

“Our Y Esports summer camps help children build self-confidence, practice sportsmanship and gain news skills, while connecting with other gamers,” said Lorna Loh, executive director of the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA. “We greatly appreciate Hawks Talon GC’s partnership and commitment to providing our Y kids with an informative, fun panel about the league and interactive opportunities to improve their skills.”

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Canada set to host the next BLAST R6 Major with world’s best Rainbow Six esports players to compete in Montreal in November




World’s best Rainbow Six Siege esports teams from 9 regions will compete in Montreal, Canada. $750,000 in total prize pool up for grabs at final Major of 2024.

Today, Ubisoft and BLAST have released details for the final BLAST Rainbow Six Major of Season 2024, which is due to take place in Montreal, Canada from 7 to 17 of November.

Rainbow Six Esports is back in Canada for the first time since 2023, with Montreal’s Verdun Auditorium set to welcome 20 of the world’s best teams over two weeks in November. The BLAST R6 Major Montreal will feature a three-phase format with the final weekend playing out in front of a live audience with thousands of fans expected to pack out the Verdun Arena.

Tickets are available here:


Dates & location:

  • Phase 1: 7 – 8 November – not open to public
  • Phase 2: 10 – 13 November – not open to public
  • Phase 3: 15 – 17 November – open to the public at the Verdun Auditorium, Montreal

Venue: Verdun Auditorium

Address: 4110 Bd LaSalle, Verdun, QC H4G 2A5, Canada

With Stage 2 of the Regional Leagues is set to get underway from September, teams across the nine different regions of BLAST R6 will be looking to become one of the 20 teams to qualify for the Montreal Major. These teams will compete for the lion’s share of the USD $750,000 prize pool, as well as points to qualify for the Six Invitational 2025.

Montreal and Rainbow Six have a long history together since the teams behind the development of Rainbow Six Siege are based in Ubisoft offices in Montreal. The city had previously hosted international Rainbow Six Esports tournaments such as the 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2023 editions of Rainbow Six’s SIX Invitational where Brazilian team w7m had been crowned World Champions.

Additional details on the venue, ticketing, and more are available via Eventim here:


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SIS and bet365 expand H2H Global Gaming League™ presence in US with esports products now live in Ohio and Arizona



SIS Content Services, part of the SIS Group (Sports Information Services), has further expanded its United States footprint with bet365 offering its H2H Global Gaming League™ (H2HGGGL) eBasketball and eSoccer games in Ohio and Arizona.

After bet365 successfully launched H2HGGL eBasketball in New Jersey in late 2022, the product has since gone live in Colorado, Kentucky and, most recently, Ohio and Arizona. The product set has further expanded through the launch of eSoccer games, with bettors now enjoying the full range of industry-leading H2HGGL esports content.

Developed specifically for betting, SIS produces over 150,000 H2HGGL events annually, providing a full end-to-end solution with integrity at its core.

The short-form, events-based esports product, which sees professional gamers compete in eBasketball and eSoccer games from SIS’ self-contained UK studios, is proven to deliver superior margins around the clock, adding as much as 10% in value in the basketball and soccer verticals on sportsbook platforms.

The products feature ultra-low (sub-second) latency live streaming, visible ESIC-trained integrity referees for every game, live caster commentary, and on-screen graphics.


Richard Ames, Chief Executive, SIS, and President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are rapidly expanding the presence of our H2H Global Gaming League™ across the US, which is significantly boosting engagement and margin for our partners. With content live in five states, our relationship with long-term partner bet365 has been further strengthened as we continue to assist them with growth in the region.”

Michele Fischer, Vice President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are thrilled that our esports products are now live in Ohio and Arizona. Both states have significant fan engagement in professional and college sports, and the H2H Global Gaming League™ has already shown to have positive appeal to the bet365 customer base.”

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