09/12/19: 2019 Tempests Award winners announced


It’s Thursday September 12, 2019 and this is your weekly early morning Esports briefing. For additional longer-form esports news plus jobs, a team directory, glossary, calendar and data, check out our new esports hub updated daily: http://cynopsisesports.com.


Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2019 Tempest Awards! Taking place last night at Esports Business Summit, the honors recognize the best in business throughout the industry, with last night’s event hosted by Arda Ocal and featuring tributes to our Hall of Famers Ed Boon and Sundance DiGiovanni, Ambassador Award winner Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez and Sentinel Award winner Benjamin ‘Dr.Lupo’ Lupo.
Among the companies taking hope multiple trophies was ESPN which took home three for Best Consumer Media Outlet, Best Collegiate/Amateur/Semi-Pro Event, and Best Esports-Themed Program for Good Game: UC Irvine; Overwatch League for Best Stream Experience and Breakthrough Technology; and ELEAGUE for Best Televised Broadcast and Venue of the Year.
Wrapping up 2019 winners:
100 Thieves – Team of the year
IEM Katowice – Esports Event of the Year (Single Event/Tournament)
League of Legends World Championship – Esports Event of the Year (Season/Series)
Fortnite World Cup – Best New Event
Twitch’s Sara Clemens – Executive of the Year,
State Farm – Brand of the Year
Doritos Bowl – Best Venue Activation
Samsung/Super League Gaming – Best Endemic Activation
Mastercard – Best Non-Endemic Brand Activation
NBA 2K League – Best Social Media Experience
Harrisburg University – Best Collegiate Esports Program
Thanks to our presenters, judges partners and everyone who entered and came!

Intel continues to make in-roads for esports at the Olympics, locking in a partnership with the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and an array of partners for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The announcement included news that Intel would host the Intel World Open esports tournament ahead of the Games, which builds on the first esports experience delivered at Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang. The Intel World Open will feature Capcom’s Street Fighter V and Psyonix’s Rocket League, with online qualifiers kicking in during early 2020 where any player at any level can compete for a chance to join their national team. A live qualifier event in Katowice in June will determine which teams will advance to the championship esports tournament in Tokyo from July 22-24, 2020, leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The live finals in Tokyo will host fans at the Zepp DiverCity venue.
At EBS, Riot Games’ Naz Aletaha, Head of Esports Partnerships, noted that League of Legends spin-off TeamFight Tactics would see the company test the waters for esports for the title at this year’s League of Legends All-Star event.
Riot Games is promoting four European Regional Leagues to pro level. In a post about the changes, Riot’s Maximilian “Riot MAXtheX” Peter Schmidt announced that four of the 13 regional leagues will be shifted to a higher tier. “The Premier Tour (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), the UKLC (United Kingdom + Ireland), the LFL (France) and the Superliga Orange (Spain) will be the first Leagues to be included in this new tier, which will feature various new regulations and streamlined processes in order to ensure we are providing the best possible experience for our competitive players in Europe,” Schmidt wrote.
2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit plans are locked in, with the season set to begin on Nov. 7 with a $300,000 minor. Majors will again pay out $1 million. The new season will run through June 28, 2020 with locations and organizers announced in the coming weeks.
MMA Promotion ONE Championship detailed plans for ONE Esports’ upcoming ONE Street Fighter Tokyo Challenge. Taking place at the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden on Oct. 6, the event will see two winners of the Open Community Tournament team up with Capcom Pro Tour Super Premier winner Bonchan to take on three other teams consisting of nine of Asia’s strongest Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition pros. The tournament is part of the two-day ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest, which also features top ONE Championship athletes such as Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, as well as martial arts legends Rich Franklin and Miesha Tate. “The ONE Esports team is excited to partner with Capcom to launch the first ONE Street Fighter Tokyo Challenge,” said Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports. “The tournament will showcase the world’s best pro and amateur players, who will compete in an exciting team format. It promises to be an amazing experience for fans and players.”
The Ohio State University campus officially opened the doors to its esports arena. The state-of-the-art esports facility consists of 80 seats mixed between gaming computers, consoles and virtual reality systems, as well as a broadcast booth for students interested in shoutcasting.


The past two years has seen incredible growth in the esports industry; specifically for esports events and viewership. Stream Hatchet investigated the growth and percentage change from 2018 – 2019 to provide a quick trend of the ecosystem. As attendees of the Esports Business Summit, Stream Hatchet provided the following infographic as part of the Keynote presentation. Here are the insights:
  • The number of esports events jumped up 34% to 356 events this year (as of August 2019) 
  • However, the total esports prize pool only jumped 7% from 2018 – not scaling at the rate rate as the number of events
  • The biggest jump from 2018 – 2019 has been from esports views which rocketed up 41% to 1.80 billion views (as of August 2019)
For more information regarding esports, streaming, and gaming analytics, please contact sales@streamhatchet.com.

MTN DEW, MTN DEW AMP Game Fuel and Doritos are teaming up for a promotion surrounding Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, ahead of the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Activation will include the livestreamed, competitive event – the MTN DEW AMP Game Fuel Celebrity PRO-AM, pairing gaming professionals with celebrities in an adrenaline-inducing experience that highlights the new 2v2 game mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at the Thunder Esports Center in Long Beach. The promotion also allows gamers to unlock 2XP with codes found on participating merchandise beginning Oct. 6.
Collegiate esports organizer Tespa inked Coca-Cola to serve as its exclusive beverage partner. The deal will see the brand offer a collection of branded merchandise for its clubs and players. Coca-Cola will also be supporting Tespa’s workshops, industry ask-me-anything sessions, and meetup events.
Nike revealed the official kits for the 16 teams set to plat in China’s League of Legends Pro League as part of a four-year deal announced earlier this year.
DreamSeat and its affiliates, Zipchair and Zipchair Gaming inked a deal with the Overwatch League and with the seating and furniture company now designated as the league’s official chair supplier. The Zipchair Gaming brand partnership kicks in with the remainder of the 2019 Overwatch League postseason as well as for the 2020 season. The partnership includes the license to distribute and sell chairs within the United States and Canada branded with official Overwatch League team logos. Overwatch League players will be competing for the rest of the 2019 season—and the upcoming 2020 season—in the Xpression gaming chairs from Zipchair Gaming that feature official team logos.
G2 Esports and Red Bull cemented a 360-degree global, multi-year partnership that will see the pair collaborate across all teams, players, and content creators to” enhance individual player and team performance, produce high-end entertainment formats and create dynamic and unique event activations.” The deal sees G2 teams don Red Bull-branded jerseys along with event activations across the League of Legends, CS:GO, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, and PUBG squads. On-site activations will occur at the LEC finals in Athens and the StarLadder Berlin Major to showcase the new G2 and Red Bull jersey, host fan 1V1s, and have team meet-and-greets. “Red Bull and G2 have a shared vision of bringing more entertainment and adventure to the esports industry through interactive content and event activations, so a partnership was an obvious and important move for us,” said G2 Esports CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez. “This holistic partnership is a big step for G2 and the content that we have coming down the pipeline is going to set this collaboration apart from all others in the space.”
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Twitch is bringing a taste of esports to the NFL’s Raiders and the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas next year, locking in a partnership that will include a Twitch-branded lounge in the lower level of Allegiant Stadium, with interactive elements that are native to the Twitch experience, including streamer stations, Twitch viewing screens, esports competitions and future Twitch events. The Twitch lounge will also bring Twitch’s unique live streaming capabilities and active community to a variety of entertainment experiences that will take place at the Allegiant Stadium, such as key sporting events, concerts, esports competitions and more in the years ahead.
Beasley XP, the esports division of Beasley Media Group, is now part of the curriculum at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.  Under the new Checkpoint XP on Campus initiative, UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies is serving as the primary content creation and production hub for Checkpoint XP’s college-targeted brand extension. Plans include a college-agnostic esports weekly video and podcast show, as well as extensive online content the will be featured on CheckpointXP.com.
Kapersky introduced a beta version of a new solution aimed at helping esports tournaments counter in-game cheating. Kapersky Anti-Cheat is a cloud-based solution through the API of esports platforms and provides real-time cheat detection in addition to automated reports for players who have the ability to make disciplinary decisions on the rule-breaker. According to the latest Irdeto Global Gaming Survey, about one-third of gamers have confessed to cheating, while only 12% indicated that they have never had their multiplayer gaming experience spoiled by unfair actions from other players.

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings, parent company of Luminosity Gaming, picked up a non-controlling interest in Overwatch League franchise Vancouver Titans. The company already had a long-term management agreement with OWL team owner Aquilini Investment Group.
Gen.G unveiled a Player Wellness Campaign, described as an ongoing initiative designed to provide solutions and encourage healthier habits towards physical and mental health, as well as financial responsibility for esports athletes and their fans in partnership with international gym chain, LA Fitness, and wellness app, Simple Habit. “Maintaining a high level of gaming skill can be both physically and mentally demanding. We want our players and fans to be well rounded in all aspects of life,” said Martin Kim, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Gen.G Esports. “Through this Wellness campaign, our goal is to develop a healthier generation of gamers and instill a mindset of self-improvement.”
GumGum Sports unveiled its quarterly rankings of the social reach for esports teams, with FaZe Clan leading the pack despite the departure of Tfue. TSM came in second, while Immortals Gaming Club jumped three spots to #3, boosted by the acquisition of legacy esports team OpTic Gaming. Rounding out the rankings for overall esports organizations were 100 Thieves, NRG, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, Fnatic and Rogue. The company tallied follower count for every pro player, influencer and team account across all social platforms, taking into account the top esports teams in North America and Europe. “Social reach in esports shifts rapidly and we’re seeing the overall influence of teams growing a lot,” said GumGum Sports GM Brian Kim. “Look at this and last quarter’s top organization, FaZe Clan––they didn’t even finish in the top 10 of GumGum’s first esports rankings in 2018.”


The Dominican Esports Federation announced its launch, in which all details of the organization were presented, designed to boost the ecosystem in the country “In a nutshell, the federation has three key functions: centralize the ecosystem information directory, serve as the liaison between international sponsors and entities with local event organizers, and represent the Dominican nation in key international scenarios and conversations,” stated Yaqui Núñez del Risco Mejía, president of FDDE.
The Cynopsis Best Of The Best Awards Featuring The Rising Stars will spotlight performers, innovators and emerging leaders in the TV Media industry. These young professionals’ experience spans research, digital, content and marketing and this awards program is designed to encourage and reward their exceptional accomplishments. Check out last year’s honorees .
Honorees will be celebrated alongside Best Of The Best Award finalists, at an awards gala this February in NYC.

ON THIS DAY in 2008: Activision Publishing acquired FreeStyleGames.
Trivia: What is the name this young star (pictured above) of the 1982 commercial for the game Pitfall who went on become an actor, comedian, musician, songwriter, and media personality? (Email cpursell@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: What is the name of the original map used in PUBG?  Answer: Erangel. Kudos: Chris Davies-Virgin/London; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

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FX Networks/LA: Manager, Research is responsible for tracking/analyzing the performance of all programs on linear and SVOD with an emphasis on Scripted Programs and landscape of TV. MUST be fluent in Excel and NPower. Multitrak and VBA exp a plus. Must have 3-5 years of relevant experience. Full info HERE (9/27)

Develop campaign direction, voice & tone, strategy, & creative for high-profile media/entrtnmt clients. 5-8 years social media & digital, pitch and new biz dev experience. Full info HERE (9/27)

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UP/NYC: Asst AEs, Sales Plners & Pricing/Inv. Edit PowerPt presentations & excel spreadsheets. Work w/ agency buyers. Maintain order entry, inv moves & prod allocations. Effective verbal skills. Strong attn to details. Prior internship exp at TV ntwk pref’d. 
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NY-Based ProdCo seeks strong, multi-faceted Line Producer(s) for 2+ upcoming projects. well versed in both studio and field productions, be calm under pressure, have the ability to multi-task and manage a multi-facetted budget a must.  Work closely with the project creatives & talent in ensure the quality programs on-time and on-budget. Full info HERE  (9/23)

9 Story Media Group/NYC
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Crown Media Family Networks/Chicago:
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Crown Media Family Networks/NY:
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TV One/Silver Spring MD:
 Strategize/ implement publicity plans to generate positive consumer & industry press coverage of the network’s prgrmng, leading to awareness & viewership. Min 5-6 yrs related exp & thorough understanding of social & traditional PR. PR exp w/ a prod co, studio, network or ent PR agency pref’d. Full info HERE (9/18)

 Mobile Media/Ad Tech firm – Dir Strat Partner, 6+ yrs media sales, client svce exp. 75% tri-state travel, BusDev, client mgmt. TV, Radio, Agency, venue, retail & mobile com exp. Full info 
HERE (9/18)

RIDE TV/Chicago:
  Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI) Full info 
HERE (9/18)

  Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI)  Full info HERE (9/18)

  Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI)  Full info HERE  (9/18)

 Establish strong business relationships and act as a liaison with ad agency counterparts and internal departments including DR, Traffic, Marketing and Accounting. Strong organizational skills; great verbal/written communication skills and ability to work in a deadline driven environment. Full info 
HERE (9/18)

Establish strong business relationships and act as a liaison with ad agency counterparts and internal departments including DR, Traffic, Marketing and Accounting. Strong organizational skills; great verbal/written communication skills and ability to work in a deadline driven environment. Full info HERE (9/18)

 Book and produce high-profile national and international news makers, experts and guest in politics, foreign relations and business/economy. 5+ yrs exp in live TV (i.e. morning shows, cable shows, broadcast TV), 2 years in political journalism. Full info HERE (9/18)

CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ:  
Responsible for publicizing/promoting CNBC’s primetime programming & talent as well as implementing and executing PR campaigns and strategies. 4+ yrs of exp in PR/Communications. TV/Media exp pref’d. Full info 
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NBCUniversal/NYC: Looking for world-class brand strategist responsible for supporting the overarching DTC communications strategy. Must be big picture thinker with 8 yrs brand planning/marketing strategy exp (TV/DTC) from ent industry, adv agency or consumer products co. Full info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC: Operate/execute complete audio mixing/creation for several live & taped broadcasts, in the context of originally produced programs & public service announcements of audiences. 2+yrs successful exp in executing graphic and character generation in TV news, creative services, etc.  Full info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC: Directs, co-develops & delivers locally produced programs and public service announcements for national and international audiences. 3+ yrs of successful exp in directing Live TV news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media prod & media presentation expFull info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC: Produce and deliver completed projects using Adobe Creative Suite. Collaborate with production team, producers, and talent to create and deliver broadcast ready elements and assets. 5+yrs professional editing exp. Full info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC:  Create graphics template for on-air Guests. Create animation graphics template for telephone guests.  2+ more years of successful exp in the field or in a related area required. Full info   HERE  (9/17)

Newsmax TV/NYC:  Manage, oversee and/or execute multiple communications and program publicity campaigns. A strong understanding of television publicity, key press outlets/journalists and experience in launching and sustaining press coverage on TV series is essential. Full info   HERE  (9/17)


Develop strategic initiatives based on user testing, surveys, player interviews, A/B testing, and competitor analysis.
Director of User Experience


Extend existing editors to provide new or improved ways for team members to accomplish their tasks and streamline the process of creating the game.
Senior Tools Programmer
Daybreak Games
Austin TX


Comfortable in a variety of tools such as Maya, Z-Brush, 3D coat, Substance etc. Insight for when to use which for tool for the right effect.
Senior Environment Artist
Daybreak Games
Austin TX


Drive the front-end software design and implementation on various Web and/or React Native Mobile apps.
Senior HTML5 Software Engineer
The Pokemon Company
Bellevue WA


Lead the design & implementation of complex AWS-bases infrastructure & services.
Senior Devops Engineer
The Pokemon Company
Bellevue WA


Create high-quality animation based on motion capture performances to meet visual expectations.
Senior Animator
High Moon Studios
Carlsbad CA


Collaborate with other leads and producers on the implementation of cross discipline mechanics.
Lead Level Designer
High Moon Studios
Carlsbad CA


Lead planning and delivery for company-wide programs working with business / functional leaders and product managers.
Senior Program Manager
Long Beach CA


Design and program low level graphics engine systems.
Senior Graphics Programmer
Long Beach CA


Creatively composing, set-dressing, and lighting environments with new and existing assets.
Lead Environment Artist
Cryptic Studios
Los Gatos CA


Providing prompt, accurate feedback to Cryptic’s outsource team and external partners.
Lead Character Artist
Cryptic Studios
Los Gatos CA


Architect and drive development of high quality tools.
Senior Tools Engineer
Crystal Dynamics
Redwood City CA


Create in-game animations that seamlessly mix with the animations of other team members.
External Lead Animator
Crystal Dynamics
Redwood City CA


Develop and manage relationships with marketing agencies and third party marketing vendors.
Senior Digital Marketing Manager
IGN Entertainment
Hollywood CA


Write new feature code for enterprise systems, complete with unit and integration tests.
Senior Software Engineer – Java
IGN Entertainment
Hollywood CA



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