Earlier today, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards. For the first time ever in history, an esports entity has the opportunity of bagging the prestigious award in one of its categories.
ELEAGUE has been nominated for showcasing an “outstanding” studio design, as well as art direction, for its competitive events last year. It began operations only last year, airing its own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league on Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) from Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, ELEAGUE has evolved into a profound and respected name in esports circles.
However, it faces tough competition against the behemoths of traditional sports. Its chances at winning the Sports Emmy Award depend upon trumping the likes of “Games of the XXXI Olympiad” and the popular talk-show, “Mike & Mike.”
Outstanding Studio Design and Art Direction
- ELEAGUE (TBS)
- Games of the XXXI Olympiad (NBC)
- Mike & Mike (ESPN2)
- FOX NFL Sunday (FOX)
- UEFA Euro 2016 (ESPN)
“It has been another outstanding year for the sports television industry and the quality of this year’s record number of entries continues to raise the bar of what sports programming can be,” said Steve Ulrich, senior vice president of the Sports Emmy Awards, in an announcement.
The 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards show is scheduled to take place on May 9 in New York. We’ll know then whether the trending esports industry has another achievement to behold.
Last month, ELEAGUE announced that it would be expanding its list of competitive games by hosting the ongoing Street Fighter V Invitational. This is the first time that ELEAGUE is hosting a fighting game. While it stands as a new challenger in the eyes of the fighting game community, the decision to expand its portfolio was based on “diversifying… with exciting esports titles.”