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The Panel

The Judging Process for the Now TV Esports Industry Awards is one of the most transparent and stringent procedures of its kind, all overseen by our EIA Committee. The process begins with the community nominations being reviewed and judged by our Now TV Esports Industry Awards Panel (Split between Group One Awards and Group Two awards – CLICK HERE – to see break down). Made up of 12 key industry experts, the Panel feature heavyweights from the entire spectrum of the industry. It takes more than two weeks to determine our Official Finalists. This is right you the community are the 12 Panelist.

The Official Finalists are then deliberated on by our EIA Panel a few weeks prior to our awards. In the case of our five community voting awards the EIA Committee close voting and sign and seal these winners away for the 13th November 2017. With our other seventeen awards all open to community vote; the winner of each of these; as voted on by the comunity carries one vote within our Panel.

Find out more about the process here.

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Paul Chaloner – Chair of the Panel

Having hosted, presented and commentated at over 180 worldwide esports events and more than 150 TV shows on mainstream TV, Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner is considered one of the longest serving and most professional esports broadcasters in the business. 15 years of experience have seen him work on projects for Sky Sports, Eurosport and DirecTV, while his experience of hosting large stages stretches from Madison Square Garden to the Playboy Mansion.

Paul has worked with almost every major game publisher in the world, among them Blizzard, Activision, Valve, Ubisoft, iD software, Epic Games and EA.

In 2015, Paul was also the presenter for The International 5 tournament, the richest tournament in esports history with a prize pool of over $18million and live shows on ESPN.

    David Turner

    David Turner is NOW TV’s Retail & Partnerships Marketing Controller, working with leading brands and retailers across multiple industries to bring the very best entertainment, latest movies and sports to customers.

    David has also been instrumental in building NOW TV’s largest gaming retail partnership with GAME. Prior to NOW TV, David worked for over a decade in the games industry in a variety of Retail, Marketing and PR roles.

      Christopher Dring

      Christopher Dring is the senior editor at GamesIndustry.biz, a role he took following a nine-year stint at MCV in various roles including editor. He was part of the launch team behind esports Pro and edited the esports Pro special magazine released in July 2016. He has been covering competitive gaming for his entire career, has hosted conferences and panels on various subjects - including diversity in esports - and has an unhealthy obsession with Splatoon.

        Alan Brice

        Alan ‘Bricey’ Brice is a professional host and commentator within the esports industry with over 7 years’ experience. Starting out as a player in a local community team attending LAN events, Bricey has a grass roots knowledge of what goes through players’ minds during matches.

        Bricey is a recognised face in the gaming community hosting and commentating a wide range of events and tournaments, ranging from the Call of Duty World Championship finals to the Civilisation VI live launch. He has worked with some of the largest names in the industry, like Activision and Microsoft, to deliver launches of their most prestigious titles, such as Call of Duty and HALO, more than this Bricey has a passion to see the industry continue to grow.

          Christopher Mykles

          MonteCristo started in esports as a volunteer writer for WCReplays, a Warcraft 3 replays site. He began shoutcasting for WCReplays with Phreak. During his involvement with the Warcraft 3 scene, Mykles managed a professional Warcraft 3 team with Verge Gaming and joined the Team Sportscast Network, a now defunct esports shoutcasting organization. Mykles became "obsessed" with League of Legends in its beta phase and subsequently founded ggChronicle to provide a journalism outlet devoted to professionalism for the LoL esports scene. MonteCristo then took a full-time, contract casting position at OnGameNet, where he still casts presently. In 2013, he then joined CLG as a coach and coached the team until the end of 2014, moving on to become a co-owner of Renegades on June 19th, 2015.

            Chris Mead

            Chris Mead is Twitch's Director of Partnerships for EMEA, where he works with broadcasting partners from individuals to developers, publishers and organizations. Chris’s expertise lies in digital advertising and esports, having competed professionally in Call of Duty tournaments in 2008-2012. Prior to joining Twitch he worked for a digital agency in London, acquired an M.A. in New Media from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Utrecht.

              Michael O’Dell

              Managing director of one of the world's largest competitive gaming organizations, ODEE's esports career began in 1999 as a Quake 3 pro player. Four years later, his Battlefield 1942 team merged with another, giving birth to Team Dignitas. With the experience and ideals he earned as a player, ODEE built Team Dignitas from the ground up, coaching and managing players across a multitude of games like CS:GO, League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm. Over his 17 years of experience, ODEE's philosophy has always been to put his players and staff first in his efforts to further esports.

                Duncan Shields

                Known as "The Esports Historian", Thorin has been a custodian of the history of competitive computer games since 2001. Also known for his work on analysis desks at CS:GO events, he is considered one of the world's foremost experts in the subject of esports.

                  Philippa Warr

                  Philippa works for PC gaming website, Rock Paper Shotgun. She became fascinated by esports after researching the professional Dota 2 scene for a feature about The International and is RPS's de facto esports correspondent. Philippa has written and spoken enthusiastically about esports for numerous publications, broadcasters and podcasts (including The BBC, Wired, The Guardian, Red Bull and others). She has so many esports event lanyards she could probably weave a really weird and uncomfortable rug out of them!

                    Calvin Robinson

                    Calvin Robinson founded God is a Geek in 2009, which quickly went on to become one of the UK's most popular video game media outlets. Calvin is a judge at both the annual Games Media Awards and MCV Awards, and now teaches video game development to secondary school children in and around London.

                      Community

                      Esports Community

                      Due to resounding feedback from last year we have open voting up to you the community across all our awards. Across five of our 2017 awards YOU decide the winners - so get voting. Your input is key to our remaining seventeen awards - the winner of each of these public votes gets your backing as the 12th panelist!

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