The Esports Awards are heading to Las Vegas for 2022 and are bringing with them some improvements to the proceedings this year.
The Esports Awards is hosting it's seventh annual awards show and to commemorate the ceremonyon December 13 they show will head to an exciting venue: The Resorts World Theater in Las Vegas.
In a release, details of the venue were outlined. Michael Ashford, the CEO of Esports Awards, could not hold back his excitement over this big change: “We could not be more excited to start building a legacy with Resorts World Las Vegas," Michael said. "We recognize the awards are a deserved end of year celebration and want to build something that caters to delivering a best-in-class experience. Resorts World Las Vegas as a venue has been very forward-thinking in attracting top-tier events and to see the support for esports is hugely encouraging. A huge shout out to Destination Esports, Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton Hotels for making it happen.”
Last year's Esports Awards show was hosted at the Esports Awards Stadium in Arlington, Texas; the first live ceremony following the end of the COVID lockdowns. The award show, which played host to some of the biggest names in Esports and beyond, was a milestone event as it saw the show hit 20 million in total viewership. With a total of 1 million hours watched and over 10 million votes cast. And now the Esports Awards will be heading to the entertainment capital of the world.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the Esports Awards to Las Vegas,” said Lisa Motley, Senior Director Of Sports And Special Events For The Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority. “Attendees will enjoy the many “Only Vegas” experiences that make Las Vegas the greatest arena on earth, from world class entertainment to unrivalled dining, sports and attractions.”
What we know about Esports Awards 2022 so far
Verizon and Secretlab return to sponsor Esports Awards:
Esports Awards have also announced that Verizon will be sponsoring the event. This marks Verizon's third year being involved with Esports Awards. The renowned wireless company will once again be sponsoring the "Esports Mobile Player of the Year" as well as the "Esports Mobile Game of The Year."
Secretlab will also be returning to sponsor the Esports Awards this year. The gaming chair company will be helping to present the "Esports Team of The Year" award.
Improved Voting Categories
The Esports Awards will be making slight alterations to the award groupings. The major groupings for the 2022 Esports Awards are as follows: Entertainment, Industry, Creative, Pro, On-Air Talent, & Collegiate.
Entertainment is a slightly newer grouping as it will be replacing the pre-existing community awards, which will be including categories such as "Esports Content Series of The Year," "Esports Game of The Year," and a brand new category title "Esports Content Group of The Year."
The "Esports Apparel of The Year" award has been shifted into the Creative group, and will now be voted on by the creative panel. They have also opted to rename the "Esports Analyst of The Year" award to "Esports Desk Analyst of The Year."
For a full accounting of all the awards that will be featured at the 2022 Esports Awards click on this link here.
Esports Awards 2022 Roadmap
In the aforementioned press release, Esports Awards have also shared with us the full roadmap for this year's event. Which you will find below:
- May 19: Nominations Open
- June 30: Finalists for the Entertainment Categories revealed
- July 28: Finalists for the Industrial Categories revealed
- August 25: Finalists for the Creative & Collegiate Categories revealed
- September 29: Lifetime Achievement in Esports Class of 2022 reveal
- October 27: Finalists for Pro & On-Air Talent Categories revealed.
- December 13: Esports Awards 2022
Esports Awards also announced that the Go Home Show will be happening this year. However, they are yet to confirm the date for this. All we know so far is that it will be happening in between the Pro & On Air Talent category reveals and the award show itself. We'll be sure to update you on that when we have a clearer date.
The Esports Awards Open will be returning from last year's ceremony. The event, which is a join effort between Esports Awards and Golf + Gaming Club (GGC), will provide attendees with a chance to show off their golfing abilities. Which is sure to provide us with all sorts of entertainment. The date for this
Additionally, the awards will also be opening their doors to the public this year. General Admission tickets will be going on sale starting today for $50 plus added fees.
You can cast your Nominations for the 2022 Esports Awards here.