The Emmy’s Adds Outstanding Esports Coverage to Awards Categories

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The Emmy’s Adds Outstanding Esports Coverage to Awards Categories

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) will have a new category in this year’s Sports Emmy Awards that will celebrate esports for the first time as its own entity.

The new award, “Outstanding Esports Coverage” will recognize the delivery & coverage of an esports’ end of season final or championship event. The award is unquestionably a result of the monumental growth of esports in recent years.

Adam Sharp, President & CEO NATAS, had this to say; “We are entering an exciting new chapter for the Sports Emmy Awards with the addition of an exclusive category dedicated to recognizing excellence within esports. The category Outstanding Esports Coverage illustrates the Academy’s commitment to remain on the forefront of the ever-changing world of sports production.”

Esports entries have received nominations in other Emmy categories in the past, like Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction. Previously League of Legends developer, Riot Games, won the Outstanding Live Graphic Design category in 2018. Receiving the accolade for its computer-generated dragon during the 2017 World Championship.

Justine Gubar, executive director of Sports Emmy Awards Administration, added: “We want to be more forward-thinking. In five years, esports is going to be more massive. The major networks are buying into it. Some of our key partners are big players in the esports world.”

The 41st Sports Emmy Awards will take place in New York City in May 2020.

The Emmy’s Adds Outstanding Esports Coverage to Awards Categories
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last ten years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist. David later became Editor at ESTNN and now leads the current team.