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Finalists and hosts announced for UK Esports Awards

Niji Ng



Finalists and hosts announced for UK Esports Awards
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The UK Esports Awards has published the complete list of finalists for the first-ever awards of this kind in the country.  The list of hosts for the event has also been announced.

The awards have also picked up a number of notable sponsors leading up to the event, including Presteigne Broadcast Hire, AOC, G FUEL, Overclockers UK and noblechairs, while ESL UK will host the event and streamer Nozzabox joins as a media partner alongside Esports Insider.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Player of the Year:  Owen “smooya” Butterfield – Tom “Tommey” Trewren – Euan “Tadpole” Ingram – James “The Governor” Gove – Marco “TAkko” Watters.

Manager of the Year:  Colin “CoJo” Johnson – Kalvin “KalKal” Chung – Mike “Gregan” Ellis – Jeff Simpkins – Ryan “Barnetto” Barnett.

Team/Organisation of the Year: Team Heir – exceL Esports – Team Endpoint – Vexed Gaming – MnM Gaming.

Caster of the Year: Dan Gasking – Jack “Jacky” Peters – Brandon Smith and Richard Buckley – Alex ” Snodz” Byfield – Owen “ODPixel” Davies.

Presenter of the Year: Frankie Ward – Chris “Stealth” Curtis – Dan Gaskin – Jessica “Rage Darling” King – Matt Andrews.

Streamer of the Year: Cole and Stumpy (SubParButInHD) – Steve McNeil – Jessica “Rage Darling” King – Justin “KingJae” Nelson – Craig “onscreen” Shannon.

Tournament of the Year: Heir – CWL Birmingham – York Showdown – Gfinity Elite Series – National University Esports League – EpicLan – ESL Premiership – GAME Belong Arena Clash.

Admin of the Year: Matt Loftus – Declan Murphy – Michael “Cynil” Parsons – Jasmine “Veracity” Kanuga – Jonathan “PacWac” McShane.

Photographer of the Year: Charlotte “CharllotesArtz” Peers – Joe Brady – Liam “GriizzlyB” – James Townley – Sammy Lam – Katy Eyre.

Videographer of the Year: Rhys Rassmussen – Tobias Tobe – Ashley Renshaw – William Dunnigan – Jay “Project Flux”.

Reporter of the Year: Michael “Duck” Moriarty – Jacob Hale – Mike Kent – Adam Fitch.

Service Provider of the Year: Gamers Apparel -Epic Gaming – Red Bull Gaming Sphere – Raven – FaceIT.

Backstage Hero: Daniel “CEVO” Davis – Rachel Gaskin – Will Attwood – Jessica “Mintopia” Smith – Paul Kent.

One final award, Banter of the Year/Wooden Spoon Award, the winner will be revealed on the night.

The Awards also revealed their host talent for the evening, with Elle Osili-Wood, freelance video game and esports presenter and Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe, well-known UK esports and Vainglory caster make up the hosting duo.

Speaking about hosting the awards, Elle had this to say: ”I’m thrilled to be co-hosting the very first UK Esports Awards, especially during such a momentous year for the UK scene. We’ve seen huge events and incredible growth in the esports industry, so I’m looking forward to celebrating the people who make it all happen.”

Ceirnan added: “I am incredibly excited to be part of such a wonderful grassroots event here in the UK and looking forward to a wonderful evening.”

The event is taking place at the ESL Studio 1, Leicester, Saturday 7th July. The event itself is invite only but will be streamed live on Twitch from 6 pm UK time.



Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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World Cup of Esports to start in Las Vegas

Niji Ng




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As the Football World Cup is reaching its climax Russia, a new esports tournament series, called the World Showdown of Esports (WSOE), is getting ready for its debut in the USA.  It will have a format exactly like UFC, with fight-card-style matchups and all that, and will be held at the new PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas.

The WSOE is ESP Gaming’s latest esports venture, with the league’s first champions to be crowned at the conclusion of the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Pan-Continental competition. The vaunted fight-card format will see head-to-head matches between players from Team Vitality, Team Envy, OpTic Gaming, Tempo Storm, and other premier esports teams.

“We’re taking esports to the masses,” said ESP Gaming President Jeff Liboon.

As the gaming and esports industries have taken gradual steps towards legalised match betting, several casino companies in Las Vegas and around the globe have embraced esports as a means to attract younger players to their properties.

Much like how promoters in combat sports, like boxing and UFC, work to develop compelling and crowd-drawing matchups for their fight cards, the WSOE plans to do the same for its esport cards.

“The WSOE will highlight the most compelling narratives in competitive gaming driven by the very essence of what makes traditional sports so popular, the players,” said Liboon.

The entertainment company MGM Resorts International will be partnering with Poker Central and ESP Gaming on the production for the WSOE. MGM Resorts has recently upped its investments in esports, unveiling the first dedicated esports arena in Las Vegas back in March.

The league has its first big event — dubbed the WSOE 1 — planned for September later this year, with other competitions scheduled either every month or every two months. Meanwhile, the league will also have weekend matches with a $100,000 prize pool which will be considered both as a test-run and an exhibition of ESP Gaming’s production capabilities.

Should WSOE meet expectations, it will rival, or even exceed, one of the biggest tournament series in the esports industry, esports giant ESL’s Intel Extreme Masters (IEM). While IEM lets popular titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II, and PUBG take center stage in its events, it’s not as regular as what is planned for the WSOE, having only three events a year.

ESP Gaming’s decision to centre its league’s productions in Las Vegas will be vital in drawing top teams and organisations to a central and easily-recognisable location. Vegas’ many entertainment and lodging amenities will certainly make it appealing.

 “The WSOE will represent what gamers really love about esports with the intensity turned up to the max,” added Liboon.


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UK eSports Awards Winners Revealed

George Miller



UK eSports Awards Winners Revealed
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A host of top talent in the UK esports scene was recognised this evening at the ESL studio in Leicester.

The inaugural UK Esports Awards Powered by G FUEL saw 15 awards handed out to talent in a mix of categories, from Player of the Year to Admin of the Year, Backstage Hero and many more.

You made almost 1,000 nominations earlier this year, and an independent panel of seven judges selected the eventual

An independent judging panel of seven chose the winners. The panel was announced after the winners had been selected, and the judges didn’t know who the other judges were until after they placed their votes.

The judges are Ryan Hart, Rams “R2K” Singh, Tom “Tridd” Underwood, Joe “Munchables” Fenny, Tom “Gumpster” Gumbleton, Alexander “Raven” Baguley and Graham “Messioso” Pitt.

Here are the full list of winners:



  • Reporter of the Year: Michael “Duck” Moriarty and Mike Kent (joint winners due to the judging voting ending in a tie)
  • Service Provider of the Year: FaceIT
  • Backstage Hero: Jessica “Mintopia” Smith
  • Admin of the Year: Michael “Cynil” Parsons
  • Photographer of the Year: Joe Brady
  • Videographer of the Year: Rhys Rasmussen



  • Caster of the Year: Dan Gaskin
  • Presenter of the Year: Frankie Ward
  • Streamer of the Year: Craig “onscreen” Shannon
  • Tournament of the Year: ESL Premiership



  • Manager of the Year: Kalvin “KalKal” Chung
  • Player of the Year: Owen “smooya” Butterfield
  • Team/Organisation of the Year: exceL Esports



  • Banter of the Year/Wooden Spoon: Dan Gaskin & Darroch Brown (for their use of the ‘banter bell’ in the Hearthstone Prem)
  • Wooden Spoon 2: Liam “Doopz” Whitehead (for finishing second in nine epicLANs – or 11 if you include CoD4 tournaments – and being voted second for the Wooden Spoon by the judges)
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Esports Entertainment Group Announces the Appointment of Magnus Leppäniemi To Advisory Board

George Miller



Esports Entertainment Group Announces the Appointment of Magnus Leppäniemi To Advisory Board
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Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTCQB:GMBL) (or the “Company”), a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Magnus Leppäniemi of Stockholm to the Company’s Advisory Board. Mr. Leppäniemi has an extensive background in esports as a Senior Games Industry Executive.

Mr. Leppäniemi currently serves as the Head of Key Account Management & Partnerships at DreamHack AB. DreamHack helped pioneer esports and continues to be one of the largest global producers of esports content, with broadcasts that generated over 375 million views and events that welcomed over 250,000 visitors in 2017. DreamHack is the world’s largest digital festival, with 11 events occurring in 6 countries across the globe in 2018.

At DreamHack, Magnus manages, acquires and grows strategic global accounts.  One main task has been to spearhead US sales by targeting, acquiring and developing new sales and customers.  He is also responsible for managing and supervising  third party sales channels, which includes synchronizing both external sales through the likes of ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and global esports companies such as VY Esports and Big Block LA, as well as, internal sales at MTG/Kinnevik, the publicly traded parent company of DreamHack with a current market capitalization of $US 2.75 Billion.

Magnus Leppäniemi stated, “It is an exciting time for a company like Esports Entertainment Group to be emerging in the Esports and competitive gaming, as new games such as Fortnite and PUGB usher in new massive audiences, while traditional games such as CSGO and Dota still retain huge global fan bases.  For Esports Entertainment Group, this the right time to enter the space and deliver the additional experience, value and energy that trusted and responsible betting can provide between both fans and friends of Esports and Competitive gaming.  I look forward to helping Grant and his team grow their business within the Esports and Competitive gaming space.

Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, stated, “We are beyond thrilled to have Magnus join our team. His impeccable reputation within the esports world and tier one network of contacts at the highest levels of esports around the world will open strategic doors to Esports Entertainment Group that we could only dream of a few months ago. The timing of his arrival could not be better given our momentum in 2018 and our preparation to make a big splash at Gamescom 2018 in August.

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About Esports Entertainment Group:

Esports Entertainment Group Inc. is a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming. Esports Entertainment offers bet exchange style wagering on esports events in a licensed, regulated and secure platform to the global esports audience.  In addition, Esports Entertainment intends to offer users from around the world the ability to participate in multi-player mobile and PC video game tournaments for cash prizes. Esports Entertainment is led by a team of industry professionals and technical experts from the online gambling and the video game industries, and esports. The Company holds licenses to conduct online gambling and 18+ gaming on a global basis in Curacao, Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Canada. The Company maintains offices in Antigua, Curacao and Warsaw, Poland. Esports Entertainment common stock is listed on the OTCQB under the symbol GMBL.  For more information visit


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