The India Gaming Awards is an initiative by the online publication IWM Buzz and it aims to appreciate the Indian esports environment, content creators, streamers, and game publishers.


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India Gaming Awards Categories and Jury Announced

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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The India Gaming Awards is an initiative by the online publication IWM Buzz.
The Award ceremony will take place on 18th September.
Currently, the categories and the jury are announced and the nominees are being revealed for each category.

The Indian gaming and esports ecosystem have grown over time and the industry has seen a rising impact in the country, creating buzz and new narratives. Slowly but surely the way people look at gaming is changing for the better. The India Gaming Awards, an initiative by IWM Buzz, recognizes excellence in the space and looks forward to acknowledging the best in the business. Fans and industry members will be able to vote for candidates nominated in The India Gaming Awards and pick out streamers, tournament organizers, esports athletes, and game titles that excelled in 2021.

The India Gaming Awards presented by KFC and Loco, and co-powered by MXPlayer will honor all the winners on 18th September in an award ceremony to be convened at Westin, Mumbai, India.

India Gaming Awards: Jury

The India Gaming Awards jury includes industry leaders from India, bringing their expertise to the forefront. The jury members are as follows:

  • Rishi Alwani - Communications Manager, Super Gaming

  • Dr Annurag Batra - Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BWBusinessworld

  • Devesh Kabdwal - CRO, BOOM Esports

  • Vinit Karnik - Head of Sports, Esports & Entertainment, Group M South Asia

  • Sidharth Kedia - CEO, NODWIN Gaming

  • Anurag Khurana - CEO & Founder, Penta Esports

  • Anita Kotwani - CEO, Carat India

  • Anirudh Pandita - Founder, Loco

  • Gurpreet Singh - COO & Co-Founder, One Digital Entertainment

  • Ashwin Suresh - Founder, Loco

Award categories

All nominations across categories were decided by the IWMBuzz Editorial Team as per its credible body of work between January 2021 and December 2021.

The categories for awards are as follows:

Popular Categories

  • Fan Favorite Streamer of the Year (Female)

  • Fan Favorite Streamer of the Year (Male)

  • Fan Favorite Esports Athlete of the Year

  • Fan Favorite Esports Organization of the Year

  • Fan Favorite Esports Game of the Year

The popular categories will see polling by fans on the IndiaGamingAward website. Only registered voters on the site can vote and the highest vote receivers across categories will become final winners.

Editorial Choice Award Categories

  • Contribution to the Indian Gaming Industry

  • Contribution to The Indian Esports Industry

  • Rising Esports Star Of The Year (Male)

  • Rising Esports Star Of The Year (Female)

  • Rising Content Creator Of The Year (Male)

  • Rising Content Creator Of The Year (Female)

  • Esports Coach Of The Year

  • Esports Analyst Of The Year

According to IWM Buzz, the Editorial Choice Awards are meant to felicitate credible, inspirational, and ground-breaking work in the gaming space.

Jury Award Categories

  • Most Popular Game Of The Year

  • Most Popular Esports Title Of The Year

  • Game Development Studio Of The Year

  • Indie Game Of The Year

  • Esports Tournament Organiser Of The Year

  • Esports Organisation Of The Year

  • Esports Tournament Of The Year

  • Esports Athlete Of The Year

  • Streamer Of The Year (Male)

  • Streamer Of The Year (Female)

  • Gaming Talent Management Agency Of The Year

  • Gaming and Esports Publication Of The Year

  • Esports Caster Of The Year

The nominees for each of these above-mentioned categories are currently being announced by IWM Buzz on its social media handles including Facebook and Twitter. The India Gaming Award appreciates the hard work of the many stakeholders and personalities in the gaming and esports space and aims to nurture the ecosystem.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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