The SiGMA Gaming Awards kickstarted Malta Week activities with lavish dinner and auction
It was a night of surprises for the SiGMA Gaming Awards last night. Taking place at the Hilton Malta in St. Julian’s, and powered by BetConstruct, the gala evening kicked off with a few glasses of champagne on the terrace before moving into the theatre for the main event.
Starting out with a little lively banter, presenters Jon Thompson and SiGMA’s own, Lorraine Sammut warmed up the stage, noting that it was good to be back after two difficult years for the industry. And what a comeback, the buzz was palpable as winners started to make their way on stage.
Here are the night’s winners:
iGaming Consultancy of the Year – iGaming Advisor
Corporate Services Provider of the Year – CSB
Online Gaming Media of the Year – iGaming Future
Online Casino Provider of the Year – Soft2bet
Live Casino Provider of the Year – Pragmatic Play
Online Sportsbook Provider of the Year – Digitain
Game Provider of the Year – Stakelogic
Rising Star Table Game of the Year – Full Color Gaming
Platform of the Year – BetConstruct
Unique Selling Point of the Year – Evolution
Online Slots & RNG Games of the Year – Push Gaming
Rising Star Operator of the Year – Betiton
Online Casino of the Year – VideoSlots
Crypto Casino of the Year – TrueFlip
Sportsbook Operator of the Year – William Hill
Affiliate Program of the Year – 7StarsPartners
Affiliate of the Year – Bluewindow
Sportsbook Affiliate of the Year – Oddspedia
Esport Product of the Year – Esport Technologies
Responsible Gaming of the Year – Betsson
Gaming Fund of the Year – Yolo Investments
CEO Woman of the Year – Clemence Dujardin
Workplace of the Year – Betsson
CSR Contributor of the Year – BBIN
Online Payment Solution of the Year – Trustly
One standout moment was reserved for the Outstanding Contribution of the Year. This year’s winner, Mark Blandford, a pioneer in the gaming sector with a solid 25 years of experience behind him, was clearly caught off guard by the unexpected accolade.
Clearly moved, he had this to say: “I’ve been speechless a few times in my life, I had no idea this was happening. A number of great friends in the audience tonight have managed to keep things quiet.
“I love this industry, I’ve been in it since the beginning, getting involved 25 years ago – seeing it develop and mature into a great industry makes an old bloke like me very proud. Thanks to everyone, including Eman Pulis and the SiGMA team for pulling off such a tremendous event. I wish each and all of you every success with your careers, companies and ongoing success.
There was also a guest appearance from French football legend Djibril Cisse, who turned up to introduce Betiton. “This is my first time to Malta, it’s a great country! I’ll be playing for you on Wednesday at SIGMA Night, so see you then!”
On behalf of SiGMA Foundation, Keith Marshall also gave a rousing speech, urging attendees to get involved, saying that this was their time to shine.
“With you guys on board – the sky’s the limit. Don’t sit on the fence of indifference – this is your opp to shine.”
The evening then moved on to the auction – a live bidding round where several art pieces were up under the hammer for charity – with proceeds going to the SiGMA Foundation. Things got off on a good note with the first piece – a twist on the traditional triple 7 jackpot in silver filigree by artist Kevin Attard, going for 3,000 EUR.
This was then followed by a fierce bidding war, where a staggering 8,000 EUR was raised for Derek Mason’s King of Cards – a piece exploring the synergy between fiat and crypto.
Lastly was a piece by well known international artist Reuven Shockner, known for using banknotes in his tactile artworks. His pieces ask poignant questions about the changing nature of money – providing a chance for us to reflect on the innovations turning traditional finance on its head. This three-piece set went for an incredible sum of 7,000 EUR.
Malta Week is happening between the 16th and the 18th at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali, Malta.