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SEPTEMBER 2023

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BALKANS & CIS

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The BALKANS/CIS Gaming Awards will be held in August 2022. Alongside premier networking opportunities, this extravagant awards gala will reward leading players in the gaming industry in a celebration of achievement.

As well as shining a spotlight on some of the most intriguing and creative projects to change the face of the gaming sector, the glitzy event will also feature an art auction, with all proceeds going to the SiGMA Foundation for a variety of charitable projects.

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Nominations & Self-Nominations Open

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Nominations & Self-Nominations Close

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Shortlist announced & vote for finalist open to public & judges

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Voting Closed

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AWARDS NIGHT

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AWARDS

Give recognition where it’s due by nominating someone whose work has created a positive impact on the industry.

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
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Keeping the front-end tidy and an ever-growing client-base eager for more, this award goes to the customer service provide to have gone above and beyond for the industry as a whole.

BEST CORPORATE SERVICE PROVIDER
BEST CORPORATE SERVICE PROVIDER
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Whether it’s in marketing, PR, risk management or legal services, this Award recognises those that provide the backbone of the industry.

BEST GAME PROVIDER
BEST GAME PROVIDER
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A platform for the next interactive generation, this award goes out to the leading game provider making its mark on the industry.

BEST ESPORTS PRODUCT
BEST ESPORTS PRODUCT
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With the Balkans and the CIS being leading global centers for online gaming, this award will go to the service provider breaking grounds in keeping e-sports players on their toes with their hands on the console.

BEST AFFILIATE TRACKING SOFTWARE
BEST AFFILIATE TRACKING SOFTWARE
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A vital platfrom underpinning an entire pillar of the iGaming ecosystem, Affiliate tracking software allows the big players in the industry to do what they do best.

BEST AFFILIATE
BEST AFFILIATE
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We’re rewarding affiliates who have their fingers on the pulse of this exciting and fast-growing industry. As regulatory environments shift and new markets emerge, there are plenty of opportunities that stand out from the crowd. We’ll be looking at innovative traffic propositions, great SEO strategy, and creative use of new technologies.

BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER
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The industry’s leading live casino provider will be awarded for giving an increasingly online industry a human touch.
MARKETING SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
MARKETING SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
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Augmenting growth across the board, this award goes to the leading catalyst for the industry’s explosion as a whole.

BEST ONLINE CASINO
BEST ONLINE CASINO
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In the Balkans and CIS, Online casino games have come a long way in replicating the land-based experience in recent years, and this category is for those playing their part in the continued growth of the sector.
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER
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In such a competitive field, only the strongest and most innovative online casino operators will make it into the final nominee list.

BEST INNOVATION IN SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY
BEST INNOVATION IN SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY
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BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER
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Money is the lifeblood of buisness. This award will go to the Balkan and CIS’s leading payment provider to showcase the value they added to their clients.

INDUSTRY RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
INDUSTRY RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
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Celebrating the best and brightest, this award goes to the rising stars who are breaking ground and making moves in this exciting industry.
BEST SPORTBETTING OPERATOR
BEST SPORTBETTING OPERATOR
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A new spin on one of the world’s oldest pasttimes, the award will be given to the operator that has truely gone above and beyond in an already compatitive industry.

BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER
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With so much opportunity in this space, this Award will be a fitting reward for the company making the most strides in this area of platforms or any product.

BEST WORKPLACE IN THE INDUSTRY
BEST WORKPLACE IN THE INDUSTRY
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Culture begets success. This award goes to the Balkans and CIS’s leading workplace.

BEST PLATFORM PROVIDER
BEST PLATFORM PROVIDER
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BEST AFFILIATE NETWORK
BEST AFFILIATE NETWORK
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BEST AFFILIATE PROGRAM
BEST AFFILIATE PROGRAM
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BEST KYC SOLUTION
BEST KYC SOLUTION
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BEST CIS AFFILIATE
BEST CIS AFFILIATE
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BEST NEW CASINO GAME
BEST NEW CASINO GAME
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UNIQUE SELLING POINT OF THE YEAR
UNIQUE SELLING POINT OF THE YEAR
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BEST UPCOMING OPERATOR
BEST UPCOMING OPERATOR
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BEST OUTSOURCING SPECIALIST
BEST OUTSOURCING SPECIALIST
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BEST AGGREGATOR
BEST AGGREGATOR
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ONLINE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
ONLINE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
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This award recognises the best online operator who has kept technological innovation, fast payments, solid support systems and beautifully designed games close to heart as the foundation of a great experience for clients. Our judges are looking for the online operator that has gone above and beyond in both their products and in their work for the industry as a whole.

AFFILIATE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
AFFILIATE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
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Affiliate networks can get quite complicated. Luckily, our enterprising digital marketers and content creators have access to a wide suite of programs at their beck and call to sort out the busywork. Our judges are looking for the best program that saved our lucky affiliates from countless hours spent organising.

AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR
AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR
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We’re rewarding affiliates who have their fingers on the pulse of this ever evolving industry. As regulatory environments shift and new markets emerge, there are plenty of opportunities that stand out from the crowd when it comes to cyberspace. Our judges are looking for the best and the brightest when it comes to innovative traffic propositions, great SEO strategy, and creative use of new technologies.

ALTERNATIVE BANKING SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
ALTERNATIVE BANKING SOLUTION OF THE YEAR
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As more and more of the economy is digitised and online payments being the go-to for buying and selling, providers that can lay the foundations for the e-commerce of the future are a vital pillar for the day-to-day lives of both firms and individuals. Our judges are looking for the online payment solution that has broken ground in digital e-commerce and formed a critical part of financial operations around the world.

MARKETING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
MARKETING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
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As this sector of the economy grows exponential, the skill gap in the market is being filled by young, specialised agencies that use the latest techniques and technologies to spin a story that lasts. Our judges are looking for the marketing agencies that have gone above and beyond in making their name known in the digital ecosystem.

MARKETING TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR
MARKETING TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR
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The rapid digitization of the global market has meant that the online presence of a venture has become just as important as its physical space. This means that technologists have become a vital part of the marketing ecosystem and will only get more important moving into the future. Our judges are looking for the most groundbreaking and novel technological innovations in the world of marketing by keeping an ever-evolving sector at the edge of the work of tech.

AFFILIATE NETWORK OF THE YEAR
AFFILIATE NETWORK OF THE YEAR
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With networking being the fuel that drives the economy forward, affiliate networks create clusters of activity that leave both customers and firms satisfied. A vital part of the digital marketing ecosystem, the networks lay the foundation for the affiliates of tomorrow. Our judges are looking for the affiliate network that best bridged the gap between many different ventures and left clients starstruck with a fantastic service from start to finish.

MEDIA AGENCY OF THE YEAR
MEDIA AGENCY OF THE YEAR
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CRYPTO AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR
CRYPTO AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR
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The Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem has become a significant sector of the emerging economy of tomorrow. This has made the need for a bridge between the existing affiliate market and the crypto-space an ever growing pillar of the industry. Our judges are looking for the crypto affiliate that staked their claim in the ecosystem and helped move the industry one step closer to mass adoption.

SAAS PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
SAAS PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
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The more the global economy as a whole advances, the more crucial software will be in bridging the gaps and enhancing productivity across the board. With the emergence of AI, Big Data and other IT revolutions, SAAS platforms have the potential to be a pillar in industry 4.0. Our judges are looking for the SAAS platform that has contributed the most to firms in a broad portfolio of industries, hyper accelerating their growth and enhancing their productivity.

INDUSTRY RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
INDUSTRY RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
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With cyberspace as a stage, the internet is no stranger to ambitious and talented individuals who lead the way when it comes to the brave new world of marketing and affiliation. This being said, even in a sea of stars some shine brighter. Our judges are looking for the rising star of the year, an individual who has gone above and beyond for the industry and has paved the way for the future of digital marketing.

LEAD GENERATION TOOL OF THE YEAR
LEAD GENERATION TOOL OF THE YEAR
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Profit is made in the space between an excited customer and an enterprising venture. Lead generation tools have become vital pillars when it comes to making the two meet and in growing the revenue base for countless firms. Our judges are looking for the lead generation tool that has hyper accelerated the profit of firms across the board.

AFFILIATE TRACKING SOFWARE OF THE YEAR
AFFILIATE TRACKING SOFWARE OF THE YEAR
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With affiliate networks being at the centre of an ever-growing ecosystem of clients, businesses and affiliates, the need for smart solutions to keep everything neat and tidy has never been more pronounced. Our judges are looking for the Affiliate tracking software that has broken ground in streamlining the busy networks of their clients and keeps operations running smoothly.

CPA NETWORK OF THE YEAR
CPA NETWORK OF THE YEAR
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In the ever expanding world of digital marketing, CPA networks empower affiliates that truly earn the trust and respect of their audience enough for them to attribute a sale directly to them. This serves as a vital evolution in the relationship between affiliates and their partners. Our judges are looking for the CPA Network that broke ground in this novel form of digital marketing.

INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR
INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR
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With the rise of social media, influencers and thought leaders form vital parts of the evolving digital marketing ecosystem and a pillar for many media campaigns. Our judges are looking for the influencer that has captivated audiences far and wide while truly making a niche for themselves in the digital world.

CORPORATE SERVICES PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
CORPORATE SERVICES PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
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Business development is a crux of any economy with the prosperity and future of many a firm being forged in endless meetings and discussions framed in a bed of legal paperwork and forms. Our judges are looking for the corporate services provider that has carried countless companies through the arduous process of bureaucracy and left them wealthier for it.

ADVERTISING PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
ADVERTISING PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
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Adverts are both the core and the foundation of the new digital economy, financing an infinite amount of creative endeavours while enriching the brands behind them. This has made advertising platforms a critical part of every business strategy imaginable. Our judges are looking for the advertising platform that broke ground in bridging industry-leading brands and the digital world.

HOSTING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
HOSTING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
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The internet has become the platform for a massive demographic of businesses with digitalization only pushing more and more firms towards an online presence. Housing providers are a vital part of this infrastructure. Our judges are looking for the Hosting Provider that has gone above and beyond in both onboarding and keeping firms on the web.

ESPORT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
ESPORT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
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Overshadowing traditional competitive sports and growing ever larger, esports has become a global phenomenon that takes the immersive setting and engaging gameplay of some of the most well regarded games and combines them with human competitiveness and drive for excellence. Our judges are looking for the eSports product that has both provided its customers with hours of entertainment while pushing the nascent industry ever forward.

SPORTSBOOK OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
SPORTSBOOK OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
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Sportsbetting has been a pursuit as old as time. This being said, in a new age of innovation and sophistication, a number of sportsbook operators have gone above and beyond in their search for excellence. Our judges are looking for the Sportsbook operator that has truly been a pillar for the industry as a whole, both in terms of innovation and industry outreach.

WORKPLACE OF THE YEAR
WORKPLACE OF THE YEAR
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PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
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LEADS GENERATION  OF THE YEAR
LEADS GENERATION OF THE YEAR
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Profit is made in the space between an excited customer and an enterprising venture. Lead generation tools have become vital pillars when it comes to making the two meet and in growing the revenue base for countless firms.

Our judges are looking for the lead generation tool that has hyper accelerated the profit of firms across the board.

ONLINE PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
ONLINE PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
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AGGREGATOR OF THE YEAR
AGGREGATOR OF THE YEAR
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CEO OF THE YEAR
CEO OF THE YEAR
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ONLINE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR IN THE AFRICAN MARKET
ONLINE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR IN THE AFRICAN MARKET
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PLATFORM OF THE YEAR IN THE AFRICAN MARKET
PLATFORM OF THE YEAR IN THE AFRICAN MARKET
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JUDGES & HOSTS

You can see all the judges here. They have been meticulously chosen from a crowd of experts, industry veterans, and business leaders from the sector! Want to get involved as one on the judges? Kindly contact [email protected].

Chris Grove

Chris Grove

Co-founder & Partner

Acies Investments

Lima Curtis

Lima Curtis

Head of Marketing and Communications

Inpay

Claire Wellard

Claire Wellard

Director

iGamingXL

Suren Khachatryan

Suren Khachatryan

CEO & Founder

Technamin

Vladimir Malakchi

Vladimir Malakchi

CCO

Evoplay

CHARITY AUCTION ITEMS

A live auction will take place during the awards ceremony, with luxury items and specially commissioned artworks going under the hammer for charity. All proceeds are diverted towards SiGMA Foundation projects

Stay Anonymous

Derek Mason

Oil painting of the anonymous mask.

"Remember remember, to protect your data!"

Oil painting on loose canvas.

 

Heraldic

Derek Mason

Oil painting of the Serbian white eagle and the future of I-gaming getting ready to soar.

Oil painting on loose canvas

Day Five from the Eden Green Collection

Gnomeville
Charity element

HEAD TO HEAD

Derek Mason
ABOUT ARTIST Derek Mason has been painting for just over 8 years. A self-taught artist, Derek began his work doing brief studies on animals before expressing himself with paint, initially experimenting with watercolors. He’s currently in a period of oil paints. His artistic development is presently showcased in a style characterized by it’s emotiveness and flexibility in form and color. Derek has a drive bordering on the prolific and not a day goes by where he can’t be found plying his chosen trade in his home studio. Derek’s first private exhibition in 2016 was a runaway success with over a third of the selected works finding their way into private collections on and off the island. ABOUT THIS PAINTING Painting on loose canvas using oil paints - approx. 200cm x 100cm
Charity element

UMA ABSTRACT NUMBER 3

Uma x Mark Mallia Collaboration
This abstract is part of a unique collaboration between the Maltese artist Mark Mallia and the AI artist entity Uma, the Universal Machine Artist. Each abstract in this series is from Mark’s training of the artificial intelligence, where the AI is learning how to compose a beautiful abstract work of art, together with the techniques used to paint it on canvas. Each painting is a one off that will never be repeated again and is a unique collectable representing the early age of Artificial Intelligence-Human Collaboration Art.
CHarity element

HEAL THE WORLD

Reuven Schockner
With a background in graffiti art, Reuven Schockner is currently focused on the rise of crypto and the fall of fiat. His use of banknotes highlights the changing nature of money throughout civilization, providing a chance for us to reflect and change.

HEAD TO HEAD

Derek Mason
ABOUT ARTIST Derek Mason has been painting for just over 8 years. A self-taught artist, Derek began his work doing brief studies on animals before expressing himself with paint, initially experimenting with watercolors. He’s currently in a period of oil paints. His artistic development is presently showcased in a style characterized by it’s emotiveness and flexibility in form and color. Derek has a drive bordering on the prolific and not a day goes by where he can’t be found plying his chosen trade in his home studio. Derek’s first private exhibition in 2016 was a runaway success with over a third of the selected works finding their way into private collections on and off the island. ABOUT THIS PAINTING Painting on loose canvas using oil paints – approx. 200cm x 100cm

UMA ABSTRACT NUMBER 3

Uma x Mark Mallia Collaboration
This abstract is part of a unique collaboration between the Maltese artist Mark Mallia and the AI artist entity Uma, the Universal Machine Artist. Each abstract in this series is from Mark’s training of the artificial intelligence, where the AI is learning how to compose a beautiful abstract work of art, together with the techniques used to paint it on canvas. Each painting is a one off that will never be repeated again and is a unique collectable representing the early age of Artificial Intelligence-Human Collaboration Art.

HEAL THE WORLD

Reuven Schockner
With a background in graffiti art, Reuven Schockner is currently focused on the rise of crypto and the fall of fiat. His use of banknotes highlights the changing nature of money throughout civilization, providing a chance for us to reflect and change.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the SiGMA Foundation. Find out more about the SiGMA Foundation’s work here.

FAQs

Anyone working in the gambling industry can nominate a company, project, or person in one of the listed categories. The five best nominations will be shortlisted with the winner to be selected through a combination of judges (70% votes) and the public (30%).
Deadline to nominate: 2023 | Deadline to vote: 2023 | Winners revealed: 2023

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