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Daigo Umehara, Riot Games and Tencent lead second wave of Esports Awards 2020 finalists

The second round of finalists have been announced for this year’s Esports Awards, covering Game of the Year and Publisher of the Year.
Daigo Umehara, Riot Games and Tencent lead second wave of Esports Awards 2020 finalists

Riot Games and Tencent have been nominated in the second wave of finalists for the Esports Awards 2020. 

During the third spotlight show ahead of the ceremony later this year, the finalists across the industry categories were revealed - including Esports Coverage Website of the Year and Esports Game of the Year.

Street Fighter legend Daigo Umehara has also been announced as the first inductee of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award - which rewards those who have had a lasting impact on the industry. 

Daigo is widely recognised as one of the best Street Fighter players of all time, having won six EVO Championships and recently qualifying for this year's Capcom Cup aged 39. More inductees are set to be announced at future spotlight shows. 

Daigo Umehara
Daigo Umehara is the first inductee of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award (Picture: Red Bull) 

Other nominees include League of Legends and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for best esports game of the year, while Riot Games, Epic Games and Tencent form the publisher category. 

Michael Ashford, managing director of the Esports Awards, said: “It’s such an honour to be able to provide a platform for so many amazing individuals to receive the recognition that they deserve.

“This year’s industry finalists provide a perfect example of the dedication and growth of the esports industry in the last 12 months. The 2020 Esports Awards is shaping up to be our best year yet, and I look forward to seeing the winners crowned later this year.”

You can check out the second wave of Esports Awards 2020 finalists below. 

Esports Commercial Partner of the Year

  • Intel
  • Red Bull
  • BMW
  • Logitech
  • Mastercard
  • State Farm
  • Mountain Dew Game Fuel
  • Nike
  • Louis Vuitton

Esports Coverage Website of the Year in association with Sizzle Creative 

  • ESPN
  • Esports Observer
  • Esports Insider
  • Dexerto
  • Liquipedia
  • HLTV
  • The Score Esports
  • Inven Global

Esports Game of the Year in association with Koyo 

  • League of Legends
  • CS:GO
  • COD Modern Warfare
  • Dota 2
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rocket League
  • Valorant
  • F1 2019
  • Fortnite

Esports Hardware Provider of the Year

  • Razer
  • AMD
  • Logitech
  • Intel
  • HyperX
  • Corsair
  • Alienware
  • Scuf Gaming
  • Elgato
  • Respawn

Esports Journalist of the Year

  • Adam Fitch
  • Tyler ‘FionnOnfire’ Erzberger
  • Jacob Wolf
  • Jared ‘Dekay’ Lewis
  • Richard Lewis
  • Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
  • Ashley Kang
  • Emily Rand

Esports Publisher of the Year 

  • Riot Games
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Valve
  • Ubisoft
  • Epic Games
  • PUBG Corp
  • Psyonix
  • 2K
  • EA
  • Supercell
  • Tencent

Esports Supporting Agency of the Year in association with Grind Gaming

  • ESG Law
  • Hitmarker Jobs
  • The Story Mob
  • Esports Engine
  • Character Select Agency
  • Prodigy Agency
  • Paper Crowns