Radio 1’s Julia Hardy and Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury will be co-hosting the eSports Awards this November.
Bradbury is a prolific TV presenter that has also hosted the launch of products from the likes of F1, Toyota, Microsoft and Samsung.
Hardy is a popular games journalist and presenter, who has worked on numerous major events and is the presenter of Radio 1’s monthly video games show.
I’m really honoured to be invited to help co-host the first ever UK awards dedicated solely to eSports,” Hardy said.
It reflects just how huge the eSports world is and how quickly its growing that we can now have a whole awards ceremony dedicated to the people who have strived tirelessly to get it where it is. eSports are well and truly here to stay and I’m looking forward to congratulating the winners and the nominees on the night for all their hard work in such a passionate part of gaming.”
Bradbury added:I’mprivilegedto co-host the first ever UK awards dedicated solely to eSports. The growth in the market has surprised most; by last reportseSports is bigger than Hollywood and more valuable than the music and film industry! As Julia says eSports are well and truly here to stay and I’m looking forward to congratulating the lucky winners.”
The debut eSports Industry Awards will arrive in London on November 21st at London hotspot The Brewery.
Over 600 of the industry’s leading figures will gatherto celebrate achievements and network with each other – and the event will be streamed to the world live on the night.
The 18 categories are:
• Best Streaming Platform
• eSports Commercial Partner of the Year
• eSports Team of the Year
• Best Live Event
• 2016 Shoutcaster of the Year
• eSports Rookie of the Year
• New eSports Game of the Year
• Best Hardware
• Streamer of the Year
• Best eSports Coverage Website 2016
• eSports Photographer of the Year
• eSports Journalist of the Year
• UK eSports Player of the Year
• Console Player of the Year
• PC Player of the Year
• eSports Publisher of the Year
• eSports Game of the Year
• eSports Personality of the Year
Nominations for the eSports Industry Awards 2016 are open now, and close on April 8th.
An international judging panel consisting of respected professionals from a cross section of the eSports industry including ex-players, media and broadcasters will then determine the overall winners in each of the categories.
The eSports Industry Awards 2016 has already received the backing of Gfinity, who will bring its expertise in streaming live events, as official broadcast partner
CEO of Gfinity, Neville Upton commented: "Gfinity is delighted to be the broadcast partner and helping to raise the profile of esports within the UK while recognising the achievements of people throughout the industry”