Skip to main content


  •  The Esports Awards 2023, produced by Thunder Studios, wins gold in the Online Series, Shows and Segments – People’s Telly at 45th Telly Awards
  • Thunder Studios, a division of Infinite Reality, collaborated with the Esports Awards to produce the 8th edition of the event in Las Vegas in November 2023.
  • The 2023 Esports Awards featured prominent figures such as m0rtal, Nobru, pro-Fortnite player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, and Riot Games’ founder Marc Merrill, celebrating excellence in esports with millions of viewers worldwide.

London UK, May 23rd, 2024. The Esports Awards and Thunder Studios proudly announce the Esports Awards 2023 has been awarded Best Online Series, Shows, and Segments in People’s Telly in the record-breaking 45th Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards recognize excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies, including Adobe, Calvin Klein, ESPN, LinkedIn, Mother Jones, NASA, the LA Clippers (NBA), PlayStation Studios, Sawhorse Productions, and TelevisaUnivision.

Founded in 2015, the Esports Awards is the most prestigious night in the esports calendar and the only global award show that aims to recognize esports excellence. The 2023 edition, held at Resorts World in Las Vegas, was a spectacular celebration of the industry’s best, spanning thirty award categories across Entertainment, Industry, Creative, Pro, On-Air Talent, and Collegiate sectors, viewed by millions globally.

In a remarkable achievement, the Esports Awards, in partnership with Xfinity, set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest digital video game display during the event. WWE superstars Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair, pro-Fortnite player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, and esports personality Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez played on a screen made up of 3,552 LED panels, covering 100,000 square feet. This feat was made possible through the support of Thunder Studios and Infinite Reality Studios.

Other notable winners at the Telly Awards include PlayStation Studios, National Geographic, and MTV Entertainment Studios.

Michael Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards, expressed his gratitude: “The whole team is truly honored and humbled to be recognized at the Telly Awards among nominees of such caliber. We couldn’t be prouder and more excited as we set our sights on achieving even greater things in 2024. To the entire esports community and our partners, we say thank you.

Sean Cross, President of iR Entertainment, added, “These awards prove what we have known for years, Thunder Studios is a partner that transcends the ordinary, a hidden gem where innovation and quality set the standard for excellence in modern and advanced media production. We are not just meeting but exceeding the high standards of the media production industry.

The 45th Telly Awards saw a record-breaking number of nearly 13,000 entries from top video and television content producers worldwide. Winners were selected by the Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body of over 200 leading experts from advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks.


About Esports Awards 

Founded in 2015, the Esports Awards is the most prestigious night in the esports calendar and the only global award show that aims to recognise esports excellence.

The Esports Awards is dedicated to showcasing world-class performance and innovation from every corner of the industry throughout the year and reaches its pinnacle at its end-of-year ceremony considered the Oscars of esports. The ceremony celebrates everyone from the players, teams, media, hardware providers, games, events, and personalities that shape the esports industry.

The 2023 Esports Awards saw a record-breaking 160 million impressions across the campaign, and 12 million votes counted. Details about the 2024 edition are yet to be announced.

Website // Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // Twitch

About Thunder Studios

Twenty minutes from LAX and ten minutes from the beach, Infinite Reality’s Thunder Studios is an award winning, fully-integrated entertainment services, production, and broadcasting company. Thunder Studios’ 150,000 square foot production studio includes 14 sound stages, an +8K resolution XR (Extended Reality) video wall and environment which allows for the creation of any imaginable setting, a dedicated esports arena, a motion and volumetric capture stage, a news broadcast stage and master control room, a full suite of broadcasting and production equipment, and a fleet of mobile broadcast trucks. Thunder Studios is one of the largest independent production studios in the country and works collaboratively with Infinite Reality’s expert Innovation team to develop immersive experiences including live event virtualization and remote collaboration tools. Thunder Studios is committed to consistently delivering exceptional content that drives the media industry forward. For more information about Thunder Studios and its award-winning projects, please visit

About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens.

Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include the Gotham Institute, NAB, Stash, NYWIFT, LAPPG, Production Hub, Green the Bid, Video Consortium, and Series Fest. New Partners include FWD- Doc, AI Film Festival, Reel Abilities Film Festival, and Film Fatales.

More information can be found at the Telly Awards Press Center: