With attendees tuning in from everywhere in the world tonight, Esports Insider had the pleasure of inducting three new members into the ESI Corridor of Fame’s class of 2020, concluding day one among ESI Digital Winter (#ESIDIGITAL).
The ESI Corridor of Fame, which this 12 months is being offered by Singtel and GamingMalta, was created to provide credit score and recognition to people which have helped craft this business into what it’s at the moment.
It’s with nice delight that we invite Naz Aletaha, Head of International Partnerships and Enterprise Improvement at Riot Video games; Mike Sepso, former President & CEO of MLG, now Founder & CEO of Vindex; and former Counter-Strike professional Anna ‘Laejten’ Nordlander, now Chief Working Officer, DreamHack at ESL Gaming GmbH to be inducted into the ESI Corridor of Fame as our class of 2020.
The digital occasion was streamed in two components, first honouring Aletaha, and concluding with Sepso and Nordlander’s induction. ESI Digital Winter programming was featured in between the bulletins to go well with the varied time zones represented through the convention.
The category of 2020 joins 2019’s honourees Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, CEO of OpTic Gaming, Heather ‘SapphiRe’ Garrozo, VP of Advertising and marketing for Dignitas and Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham, Director of Artistic Improvement at Twitch – who have been inducted on the rooftop of Nixon Peabody LLP in Los Angeles.
The inaugural Esports Insider Corridor of Fame was held on the London Museum of Pure Historical past in 2018 with the likes of Michal ‘CARMAC’ Blicharz, VP Professional Gaming, ESL Gaming GmbH, Jason ‘1’ Lake, Founder & CEO, Complexity Gaming, and Chris Puckett, legendary host & caster, christening the ceremony.
Each earlier ESI Corridor of Fame occasions have taken place bodily, with this 12 months’s version initially slated to be held throughout ESI New York in April. Nevertheless, Esports Insider pivoted to digital occasions, bringing alongside the likes of The Clutch and The Corridor of Fame on-line as nicely with a view to nonetheless have fun our inductees’ monumental achievement.
With out additional ado, here’s a transient introduction of every of our latest phenomenal inductees:
Naz Aletaha is the Head of International Esports Partnerships and Enterprise Improvement at Riot Video games. She has performed a monumental function in serving to elevate league of Legends Esports into the leisure and manufacturing worth heights it’s at the moment. She was instrumental in fostering model partnerships between League of Legends and the likes of Luis Vuitton, MasterCard, Spotify, and Mercedes-Benz, to call a couple of. It’s due to her handiwork that occasions akin to League of Legends World Championships function and entertain within the capability that they do at the moment.
GG’s to our Head of International Esports Partnerships @NazAletaha for becoming a member of @esportsinsider‘s Corridor Of Fame! pic.twitter.com/VeaycwwxYk
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) November 18, 2020
Along with her laser-sharp focus, astute enterprise acumen, and reverence for the high-standards of esports leisure – we’re delighted to induct Naz Aletaha because the seventh member of the Esports Insider Corridor of Fame and into its class of 2020.
Anna ‘Laejten’ Nordlander
Anna ‘Laejten’ Nordlander is at the moment the Chief Working Officer of DreamHack, ESL Gaming GmbH. She bought her begin in esports again in 2002 DreamHack competing below the gamertag ‘aNNa’ with an all-female Counter-Strike clan ‘N00b Ladies’ and returned in 2004 with the long-lasting ‘Les Seules’ all-girl Counter-Strike clan. In 2013, she joined Fashionable Instances Group’s esports division and after the corporate acquired each DreamHack and ESL Gaming and shortly climbed the ranks, this September the 2 sister organisations joined and now a brand new journey awaits Anna.
What an absolute honor to hitch the legends @mbCARMAC, @JasonBWLake, @MLGPucket, @sapphiReGG, @H3CZ, @djWHEAT, @NazAletaha @msepso within the ESI Corridor of Fame 🙏🏻❤️ https://t.co/nwYZivHB6K
— Anna Nordlander (@Laejten) November 18, 2020
For her years of dedication to aggressive gaming, groundbreaking occasion experiences, and culturally defining moments with the DreamHack model and their affiliation inside the world of esports – it’s our pleasure to induct Anna ‘Laejten’ Nordlander because the ninth member of the Esports Insider Corridor of Fame and into its class of 2020.
Mike Sepso was previously co-founder, CEO and President of Main League Gaming (MLG) and since final 12 months is the Founder & CEO of Vindex, an esports infrastructure platform. Serving to carry to life the imaginative and prescient of what esports might become by way of league and broadcast operations, he helped carry collectively the crew to understand the Overwatch and Name of Responsibility Leagues throughout his time at Activision-Blizzard. With a board seat on 100 Thieves, in addition to partnerships with funding corporations, Sterling VC and Andbox, Sepso has been deeply concerned in esports growth for nearly 20 years.
Thanks @esportsinsider! An actual honor to be inducted by @JasonBWLake and to hitch @Laejten on this 12 months’s class. Glad to be becoming a member of a crew of outstanding folks within the #ESIHOF https://t.co/Vn4iHqS5Ff
— Michael Sepso (@msepso) November 18, 2020
For his years of dedication, innovation and craft in bringing esports into the mainstream; creating the premiere franchised league and community mannequin – his huge image outlook and visionary stance of what esports might, and could be – to not point out his many investments and developments inside the house – we’re delighted to induct Mike Sepso because the eighth member of the Esports Insider Corridor of Fame and into its class of 2020.
Heartfelt congratulations are given to our three inductees for his or her profession achievements and contributions in increasing, legitimising and elevating the esports business by working behind the scenes by offering consumer-facing leisure audiences have come to like.
The Esports Insider Corridor of Fame is the primary of two particular occasions throughout ESI Digital winter, with the ultimate 2020 version of The Clutch Digital streaming stay tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th.