Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie esports roundup! This week, UK esports talent is represented within several awards and a new Fighting Games tournament to feast your eyes on. If you want to feature in this roundup, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esports Awards Nominees go Live
An abundance of UK talent and companies have made the list
Nominees for the 2021 Esports Awards are coming in thick and fast with an abundance of UK talent and organisations being recognised.
What’s the Esports Awards?
It’s the biggest global award showcase for esports in the world – like the Oscars but with considerably less controversy. It’s dedicated to showcasing top-class performance and innovation from, amongst others, the players, teams, media, hardware providers, games, events, and personalities within the scene.
There are 8 stages of adjudication, including several public votes, across six awards groups. Award groups are community, industry, pro players, on-air talent, and collegiate – so you can imaging it’s a pretty hefty job and a very big deal.
Who’s on the list?
More nominees are being revealed all the time, but so far the UK representation includes London-based esports organisation Fnatic; Coaches Mac and MarkyB, plus there’s analyst Caedrel, colour casters Vedius and Johnnyboi_i, and play-by-play casters Machine and Pansy up for awards. I’m stoked to also see Dota 2 personality ODPixel among the nominees.
Other nominees included the likes of Dexerto, The Story Mob, Blast, Faceit, and Hitmarker – all of whom have offices within the UK. British journalists Richard Lewis and Adam Fitch also made the list for Esports Journalist of the Year.
I’m not going to lie, I can’t find the full list of nominees on their website, however, the ever-brilliant Dom Socco at Esports News UK has listed some of them here. I’m just disappointed Dom or his news site didn’t make the list!
Nominations for Creative Awards and Pro & On-Air Talent Awards are still open over at www.esportsawards.com/nominate.
When are the awards taking place?
The final ceremony will take place on 20th November at Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas. You’ll be able to watch live over on their Twitch channel here: https://www.twitch.tv/esportsawards.
For further information, please visit their website here.
Warwick Student Wins Women in Games Global Award
Warwick continues to excel at nurturing esports talent
Anisah “Geomancy” Munim has won the award for “University or College Student Portfolio” at the Women in Games Global Awards. Anisah is currently in her fourth year of studying French and German at the University of Warwick. She shares the award alongside five recipients from other universities and colleges.
Responding to the news on Twitter, Anisah thanked the grassroots esports community for helping her grow within the scene whilst still being a student, with special thanks given to the NUEL (National University Esports League) and Warwick Esports. Her portfolio included her current role as the product manager for NUEL, as well as previous roles as team manager for pro team Resolve and as Media Executive for Warwick Esports.
Where to next?
According to Warwick Esports, Anisah has just entered her final year of undergraduate studies at Warwick. She is already expanding upon her existing portfolio, now a member of the Esports Centre’s student staff team. The esports centre is brand new, having been recently opened this month. You can read more about that in my previous esports round-up here.
She is also continuing to organise and champion the NUEL’s Women’s & Non-Binary League of Legends tournament after its successful inaugural year.
Women in Games Global Awards
The Women in Games Global Awards is a celebration of women and organisations working in the games industry and was broadcast across Europe on Sky Channel 433, as well as online. The awards closed off the Women in Games Festival, a “first of its kind”, inviting women in games and their allies from across the world to gather for a collaboration of community and industry partners, providing entertaining, informative and inspiring experiences. You can read more about it in my previous esports round-up here.
Overall, another inspiring story to come out of Warwick University and Warwick Esports. You can follow Anisah over on her Twitter here.
University Fighting Games Returns for its Fourth Year
Universities from across the UK will compete.
The National Student Esports has announced the return of their popular University Fighting Games tournament. UFG returns for the next academic year, making it the fourth consecutive year. NSE promises another exciting year of nationwide fighting game action, with new titles and new players joining the fray.
This split we’ll be seeing the return of Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, as well as welcoming Melty Blood: Type Lumina.
Prizes include branded merchandise from NSE and bragging rights for whichever University comes first and second place.
What happens at University Fighting Games?
The series features four tournaments open to all university students across the UK. They’re as follows:
|Melty Blood: Type Lumia||Monday 18th October|
|Street Fighter V||Tuesday 19th October|
|Guilty Gear Strive||Thursday 21st October|
|Tekken 7||Friday 22nd October|
UFG will be running community tournaments for Melty Blood: Type Lumina and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl before their Winter Season begins. For more info on those events and to sign-up, join the UFG Discord.
Anyone interested in participating can sign up here. I wonder which of our local universities will decide to duke it out? Head over to the Geeky Brummie Twitter on Monday 4th October where I’ll be asking just that!
That’s it from me folks, I’ll catch you on the flip side!