Dear Age of Empires Community! I'm proud to present the 2019 Age Community Awards - a concept to express our appriciation to those who work countless hours to produce content and entertainment to the entire community!
How will this work?
For every award, unlimited amount of nominations may occur. See nomination process for details below. After the nomination deadline, a committee of AoE2 experts and the community will do a hidden, anonymus voting on the nominees in each category. The committee will be made up of approx. 15 members including streamers, community contributors and players. The community will make their votes as well for a value of 5 votes global. This means, that the community and the committee will have 20 global votes - 25% of it being community votes. To ensure fairness in community voting, people will be asked to provide their twitch/youtube profile when voting, to make sure each individual only votes once. This also means, that accounts created after this announcement are not eligible to vote.
After the voting closes, the winners will be announced at a pre-announced time. The point of this is not to financially reward any of the nominees. Awards do not carry ANY financial part, only a small trophy/plaque and a letter of appriciation.
For all awards, only events that took place in 2019 in their majority are eligible. As an example, NAC3 is not eligible, since only the qualifiers will be played this year.
Since this project also does have the cost of awards and shipping costs, any financial contribution is really appriciated. My estimates for total cost is approx. 300-400 EUR, depending on where I have to ship the awards. If you would like to help me out with the costs of these, please message me
Who will be the members of the commitee?
To be announced.
How is the committee deciding?
The committee members will submit their votes individually to me. No committee member will be aware of the others' votes. Committee members involved in a certain category (e.g. being nominated for a given award) will not vote in that given category. The only person aware of the votes will be me. To ensure fairness, this also means I will have no voting right.
Update: To make sure I cannot alter received votes by any means, a respected community member will be asked to oversee my work, also seeing votes.
How does the nomination work?
Every member of the community is welcome and encourage to nominate community members for the awards listed above. The amount of nominations a certain person can make is not restricted. A community member may not nominate his/herself or any project (s)he was involved in. Every nomination has to be followed by the reasons why a given person is nominated for an award (recommendations below):
• In the case of events, a description of the event and a list of notable participants. Recordings of memorable games. If the event was streamed, VODs of notable games.
• In the case of player awards, an overview of the nominated player’s career this year, including notable tournament results.
• In the case of streamer awards, a brief description why a given streamer would be an appropriate candidate for an award, including the projects (s)he was involved in.
• In the case of community awards awards, a brief description why a given community member would be an appropriate candidate for an award, including the projects (s)he was involved in.
Nominations may only be submitted until the nomination deadline. The nomination also has to be complete and include details listed above.
Nominate using this link: https://www.aoezone.net/threads/nominations-age-community-awards-2019.162409/
Nomination deadline: 10th December, 2019, 23:59 GMT
How can I vote?
The community is also encouraged to express its opinion through an online voting. Each person can only vote once for each award. No votes after the voting deadline will be accepted. An update to this post will inform you where you can vote once nominations have finished.
Voting starts: approx. 11th December, 2019
Voting ends: 31th December, 2019, 23:59GMT
Results will only be made public when the awards are given.
What awards are available?
Finally, the fun part! Here is the list of categories and awards available.
Event awardsConsiderations include the length of the event, the skill level and number of players involved, and most importantly, the how exciting and entertaining matches were. If there are inadequate number of nominations for a certain category, it might be merged with other categories.
Best 1v1 tournament
Awarded to the most outstanding 1v1 event of the year.
Best 2v2 tournament
Awarded to the most outstanding 2v2 event of the year.
Best Team Game Tournament
Awarded to the best 3v3 or 4v4 event of the year.
Awarded to the best showmatch(-series) of the year.
Player of the year
Awarded to the highest performing player of the year in a combination of 1v1, 2v2 and teamgame events.
Most improved player of the year
Awarded to the player that has shown the most improvement during the year, and managed to prove his skills by improving tournament-play.
Comeback player of the year
Awarded to the player that has shown exceptional skill after missing significant time playing AoE2. This award will only be given if there is an adequate number of reasonable candidates.
The vululu award – For converting people to AoE2 fans
Awarded to the streamer whose work has allowed the AoE2 community to grow with new members. The work of the streamer has motivated a large number of people from outside the AoE2 community to become part of it.
Rising streamer of the year
Awarded to a once small streamer, whose stream has improved significantly in quality and viewership during the year.
Non-english streamer of the year
To honor the content providers who entertain a large number of non-english speaking viewers, this award goes for outstanding work as a non-english language content creator.
Community project of the year
Awarded to a project by one or more community members that heavily influenced the community in a positive way, and added significant value to the community.
Awarded to the person that showed high work ethics and outstanding quality of volunteer work for the community. The winner has done his/her efforts knowing that the personal return value is very low.
Community Creator of the year
Awarded to the person who contributed to the community with content like scenarios, mods, maps, etc., that provided entertainment for a large amount of people within the community.