Esports will be getting its own Hall of Fame this summer, courtesy of ESL.
“The Esports Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the rich history of competitive video games,” ESL said in a statement. “Our goal is to honor the legacy and to tell the stories of the players and people who have made great contributions to esports.”
Though ESL is spearheading the project, they’re opening up the nomination and voting process to include a panel of “writers, analysts, commentators, coaches, and other experts” in the field of esports. Honorees will be inducted at notable events for specific games; the first batch will be selected at ESL One: Cologne in July and will specifically represent the Counter-Strike series of games, for example.
Eventually, the Hall will be filled with players from League of Legends, StarCraft (1 and 2), Dota, Dota 2, and the fighting game scene as well. Similar to how it works in traditional sports, a player must be retired for at least one year before being considered for inclusion.
For now, the Esports Hall of Fame will be purely virtual, but ESL intends to look into a physical space to display the awards for the general public. For more info on the Hall of Fame, check out the site.
Taylor Cocke hopes he’ll be inducted somewhere when he retires. Until then, you can find him on Twitter @taylorcocke.