2020 is a weird year. The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the esports and gaming industry, changing the way we do just about everything. From tournaments being held online only to game delays, just about everything has felt the impact of the coronavirus. And yet, the show must go on. Such was the case at this year’s Tempest Awards, held annually at the Esports Business Summit. The 2020 edition was hosted admirably by Arda Ocal and we’ve got the results here.


Check out the 2020 Tempest Awards here!

The 2020 Tempest Awards Gala | Esports Business Summit

The Full 2020 Tempest Awards Gala, from the Esports Business Summit.

Award Winners

Innovator During the Pandemic – FaZe Clan
The Sentinel Award – Marcus “djWheat” Graham
Best Consumer Media Outlet – ESPN Esports
Best Podcast – The Courage and Nadeshot Show
Best Esports-Themed Program/Documentary – NBA 2K League – Locked In
Best Social Experience – TSM TikTok Launch
Social Driver of the Year – 100 Thieves
The Ambassador Award – Eefje “sjokz” Depoortere
Best Venue Activation – Bud Light Payload OWL Finals
Best Activation on Twitch – Honda Team Liquid 2019
Top Endemic Brand Activation – AT&T – Dreamhack Atlanta
Best Non-Endemic Brand Activation – Cash App Compound
Brand of the Year – Mastercard
Best Amateur/Semi-Pro Event – Collegiate StarLeague
Best Mobile Gaming Event/League – ESL Mobile Open
Best Sports/Sim Event/League – NBA 2K League
New League of the Year – Call of Duty League
Esports League/Series of the Year – League of Legends Esports
Best Production of an Event – The International 2019
Digital Executive of the Year – Eduard Montserrat
Marketer of the Year – Rodrigo Samwell
Producer/Production Executive of the Year – Joseph Lynch
Collegiate Esports Program of the Year – Harrisburg University
Esports Team of the Year – FaZe Clan

And there you have it! The 2020 Tempest Awards are officially in the books and we’re looking forward to next year! With any luck, COVID-19 will be a distant memory by then and we can all get together in person to celebrate once more! Here’s to a great 2021!


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