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Recap of the 2020 eSports Awards

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It is the fifth year of the annual eSports Awards, and as the popularity of eSports grows – especially this year – so does the size of the awards sports.

The event handed out 32 awards on Saturday, November 21, over Twitch – as a full live event with award nominees, presenters, and fans was not possible this year – or if they did try and go through with it, the fines would have been astronomical, and no one wants to get hit with a big bill during these times. Hopefully, the show can return to normal in 2021 – and not only take place over Twitch.

Big Winners at the 2020 eSports Awards

Ibai “Ibai” Llanos was a big winner at the show, taking home the “Streamer of the Year” Award. Llanos plays a range of games. He started with League of Legends back in 2014 – and is best known for it. However, he has expanded and also casts FIFA and Rocket League.

Another bigger at the awards ceremony was Team Secret – who took home the award for “2020 eSports Team of the Year.” Their active squad of MATUMBAMAN, Nisha, zai, YapzOr, and Puppey (team captain) took home a trophy, along with coach Heen, director John Yao, and manager Cyborgmatt. The team won two of the biggest DOTA 2 tournaments of 2020 – DreamLeague Season 13 in January and OMEGA League: Europe Immortal Division in September.

Emily Rand took home the award for “eSports Journalist of the Year,” thanks to her covering of eSports for ESPN. Her work with the American sports conglomerate touched on a range of subjects – from rosters, players, and teams to eSports fashion and family life.

Her news reporting on eSports helped ESPN reach more people, and the popularity of eSports grow in America – as Americans dealt with a lack of sports for over three months.

You can see a full list of winners at the 2020 eSports Awards below.

Community Awards

  • Streamer of the Year Presented by Lexus – Ibai “Ibai” Llanos

  • Esports Play of the Year In Association With RESPAWN Products – İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

  • Esports Personality of the Year Presented by Lexus – Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiagos

  • Esports Content Creator of the Year In Association With Esports Stadium Arlington –  Xavier “UpUpDownDown” Woods

  • Esports Collegiate Award – Tyrelle Appleton

  • Esports Mobile Game of the year – FreeFire

 

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Industry Awards

  • Esports Journalist of the Year – Emily Rand

  • Esports Hardware Provider of the Year – Elgato

  • Esports Game of the Year In Association With The Koyo Store – League of Legends

  • Esports Commercial Partner of the Year – Logitech

  • Esports Publisher of the Year In Association With Live CGI from Esports Supply – Riot Games

  • Esports Coverage Website of the Year In Association With Sizzle Creative – The Esports Observer

  • Esports Supporting Agency of the Year In Association With Grind Gaming – CSA

  • Panel’s Choice Award in association with Touch of Ginger – Michal Slowinski

  • Panel’s Choice Award in association with Touch of Ginger – Steve Dudenhoeffer

Lifetime Achievement Awards in Esports – Class of 2020

  • Johnathan “Fatality” Wendel

  • Daigo Umehara

  • Richard Lewis

  • Craig “Torbull” Levine

  • Michael Sepso

  • Lim “Boxer” Yo-Hwan

Creative Awards

  • Esports Cosplay of the Year – Glory Lamothe

  • Esports Photographer of the Year – Rich Loch

  • Esports Videographer of the Year – Logan Dodson

  • Esports Content Team of the Year – LEC

  • Esports Content Series of the Year – Eavesdrop Podcast

  • Esports Creative/Creative Team of the Year in association with eBeatz – Paper Crowns

  • Esports Creative Piece of the Year – Warriors Cinematic by Riot Games

On Air Awards

  • Esports Caster of the Year (Colour) – Michael “Kixstar” Stockley

  • Esports Caster of the Year (Play by Play) – Clayton “Captain Flowers” Raines

  • Esports Host of the Year – Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

  • Esports Analyst of the Year – Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill

Pro Awards

  • Esports Team of the Year – Team Secret

  • Esports Console Player of the Year In Partnership With SCUF – Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro

  • Esports PC Player of the Year – Michał “Nisha” Jankowski

  • Esports Organisation of the Year – G2 Esports

  • Esports Coach of the Year – Lee “Heen” Seung Gon (Team Secret)

  • Esports PC Rookie of the Year In Association With Matrix Keyboards – Ryu “Keria” Min-seok

  • Esports Console Rookie of the Year In Partnership With SCUF – Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro

  • Esports Mobile Player of the Year – Made Bagas “Zuxxy” Pramudita

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Despite The World Against Him, Ivan Yeo Managed To Find Purpose With New Direction In Life

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After building an empire with Number 1 Esports Team in Southeast Asia, EVOS Esports, Ivan was forced to restructure his life due to his growing health concerns. After restructuring his life, he managed to continue his passion of helping people achieve their dreams through web3, thus leading him to create his latest project, Avium.

Singapore, 17th May 2022 – It was five years ago when the ex-CEO of EVOS Esports, Ivan Yeo, was given the news of his Kennedy Disease, a rare disease which would cause him lose his ability to properly walk and speak. While to many, it would be a deterrent, to Ivan, it was a form of motivation.

“It took awhile for me to grasp with the news, it was life changing.”

On a ticking time clock, Ivan was determined to make EVOS Esports into a colossus in the esports industry. In half a decade, EVOS Esports expanded into 5 different countries, picking up 3 World Championship titles in the process, building up one of the influential brands in the gaming sector with influencers around the region representing the brand.

While his mind was not discouraged, his body would not ignore.

As the days went by, every small action was getting a little harder. The mindless tasks weren’t mindless anymore, the simple movements weren’t that simple anymore; that’s when he realized that he had to prepare his succession plan and groom the next generation to take over.

“While I started to feel my body, I knew I couldn’t escape the reality anymore, I had to prepare for the next steps, not only for me but for EVOS Esports as well.”

Throughout 2021, EVOS Esports had a restructure, with Ivan closely with the new management team to pass the baton down, to ensure the organization had a plan after his inevitable succession. By January 2022, Ivan was no longer in charge of the day-to-day operations of the organization.

After stepping down, Ivan decided to use his newfound freedom to focus on his physical & mental health, choosing to follow a strict diet and exercise routine. The down time helped him refocus his life, allowing him to rediscover what was truly important to him.

“For the first time in my life, I could just focus on myself, I had nothing else on my mind except to just get healthier”

Inspiring the next generation & turning dreams into the reality. A phrase that stuck through his mind throughout his life. Ivan wanted to build a platform where he could lay a foundation for people to chase their dreams, he knew going back to EVOS wasn’t an option anymore, he had to find a new outlet.

The Second Wind

It was during late 2021 that Ivan started to pick up Web3 & realized the potential of the space. The industry allowed people to chase their passion in its purest form, with the possibility of enabling millions of people to build their dreams.

“As I thought deeper into the Web3 space, I realized my time at EVOS Esports prepared me perfectly for this, it was basically creating what I envisioned, in a new ecosystem.”

Now, Ivan is fully focused on his new project, Avium, a brand built on the blocks of Web3. It wasn’t just a new platform for Ivan to inspire people and bring people together, it was also a new inspiration for Ivan himself, the potential to change millions of lives through Avium was the spark he needed for his second wind.

While the brand he is carrying has changed, his vision has not, and the his core mission remains on course; to enable passion & build dreams. Ivan truly believes that creating an open metaverse ecosystem will empower millions new opportunities to create that they truly love.

“Everyone has their own belief in what the metaverse is. For me, it’s simple. The metaverse is supposed to allow accessibility to the masses, to connect people with one another, to allow them to enable their dreams. The metaverse isn’t just about the blockchain, it’s about the community. There shouldn’t be limits in life, if you believe, you should be able to make it happen. That is what I’m trying to build and what I have confidence in.”

The past half decade has been one steep challenge for him, through the blood sweat and tears, he is still here following his own passion, to inspire millions. Avium has created a short animation video, drawing inspiration from Ivan’s life story, to outline the struggles of his life and the vision he is aiming to create, as he mentions, there shouldn’t be any limits in life.

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HyperLive Entertainment Enters into Strategic Cooperation with Nova Esports

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HyperLive Entertainment, a Singapore-based tech-enabled creative media company, announced a landmark strategic cooperation with Nova Esports, a Hong Kong-based professional esports organisation managing various esports teams which have won multiple world championship titles, to pilot Nova’s esports programme in the region.

The strategic cooperation with Nova will see HyperLive establish a Nova Southeast Asian headquarters in Singapore, which includes plans to build an esports academy in the island nation, produce captivating esports content on its OTT-licensed media platform, HyperLive.tv, as well as to start an esports team that will compete with the best teams globally in esports tournaments. The intended team name is Nova SG, and Nova SG will be based in Singapore. Further, Nova Esports will offer its experience and expertise as well as provide coaches and training regimes for the academy and its players.

“We are truly excited about the synergistic partnership with Nova Esports. We have identified esports as a key market that has massive potential for growth in the upcoming years, thus with Nova on board, we are extremely confident that we can achieve incredible breakthroughs in esports,” Dr. Sean Wong, CEO of HyperLive, said.

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WePlay Academy League Season 4: new rosters, new format, new approach

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WePlay Esports will host the fourth season of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament for young esports players, the WePlay Academy League. Within Season 4, fourteen organizations will compete online for a prize pool of $100,000.

The first, Group Stage of the WePlay Academy League Season 4 will start on May 24, with the 14 participating organizations divided into two groups of seven teams that will play in a round-robin Bo1 format. The top team from each group will immediately join the Playoff Stage. Teams ranked second to sixth in their respective groups will compete for the remaining two slots in the playoffs at the Gauntlet Stage. The rosters with the lowest scores in their groups will be eliminated from the competition in the Group Stage. During the Gauntlet Stage, each group will play four rounds of Bo3 matches. The strongest team in each group will secure a slot in the playoffs.

Season 4 schedule:

  • Group Stage: May 24 – June 6, 2022 (possible tie-breaker to be held on June 7)
  • Gauntlet Stage: June 9–12, 2022
  • Playoff Stage: June 24–26, 2022

Unlike the previous seasons, the Playoff Stage will be held online. The decision was made to ensure the safety of the competition participants and the organizer team. The rules for participation in the tournament were also changed: each team will consist of at least four players aged under 21. This season, fourteen teams will take part in the competition — for four organizations, this Season will be their first.

Participating organizations:

  • NAVI Junior
  • Young Ninjas
  • mouz NXT
  • BIG. OMEN Academy
  • Astralis Talent
  • Fnatic Rising
  • OG Academy
  • 00Prospects
  • Apeks Rebels
  • Young Gods
  • FURIA Academy
  • Spirit Academy
  • Eternal Fire Academy
  • Outlaws

WePlay Esports will broadcast the tournament in English and Ukrainian – the talent rosters will be announced soon. The Russian-language broadcast will be made by Igor “SL4M” Sopov (Twitch).

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