The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Monday that it has added a category to the Sports Emmys for coverage of esports.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes the academy’s announcement saying the award for outstanding esports coverage will “recognize the craft behind the delivery of coverage and presentation of competitive, organized video gaming to the viewer during a championship or final event.”
THR adds: “Esports entries have received nominations from the Sports Emmys in various categories in the past, including for outstanding studio design/art direction and outstanding trans-media sports coverage. In 2018, Riot Games’ League of Legends was honored in the outstanding live graphic design category for its work over the prior year.”
NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp is quoted saying: “The category … illustrates the Academy’s commitment to remain on the forefront of the ever-changing world of sports production.”
THR notes: “Esports as an industry has been expanding rapidly over the past few years. A report in February by research group Newzoo estimated that the global esports market will top $1 billion in revenue this year for the first time. By 2022, revenue is expected to reach $1.8 billion.”