On the 15th of November 2021 this extravagant awards gala will reward leading players in the gaming industry in a celebration of achievement
The Europe Gaming Awards is an annual awards ceremony honoring major figures in the gaming industry in a celebration of success, as well as providing an excellent occasion for networking.
On the 15th of November, SiGMA Group will reward leading brands and individuals that have come a long way in the continued growth of the sector. Hosting this year’s Europe Awards are JT Thompson and Lorrainne Sammut.
JT has worked in the gaming business for most of his career, starting on racetracks and in betting shops in the United Kingdom before embarking on a nearly 25-year globe tour that began in Australia and ended in just about every country known to the industry.
Having been in the industry for 8 years, Lorraine has worn a lot of hats in operations, marketing, employer branding, and sales. She’s an advocate of diversity in the industry. At the moment, Lorraine is based in the UK and she’s looking after SiGMA’s friends there.
The case studies submitted for each award will be judged by an impartial panel of judges as well as public voting. There are 5 shortlisted finalists for each category and the winners will be chosen by a combination of jury and public voting 70% and 30% The winner will then be determined by the highest-scoring submission in each category.
The independent panel of recognized and expert judges, representing the gaming industry include big names in the industry:
- Lima Curtis – Inpay – Head of Marketing and Communication
- Claire Wellard – iGamingXL – Director
- Mark Knighton – Obsidian Consultancy AB – CEO
- Ali Atam – Videoslots – Chief Marketing Officer
- Mario Fiorini – iGaming Advisors – Director
- Anita Brinke – YOLO Entertainment – COO
- Oana Panait – gate2way – CCO
- Andrea McGeachin – Neosurf – Chief Commercial Officer
- Suren – Technamin – CEO & Founder
- Dmitriy Paliants – TVBET – CMO
- Robert Dowling – GlobalBet – Chief Commercial Officer
- Lena Yasir – Pragmatic Play – Vice President Operations
- Vladimir Malakchi – Evoplay – Chief Business Development Officer
- Roger Strickland – CSB Group – Director
- Michal Kopec – Better Collective – Senior Manager
- Vigen Badalyan – BetConstruct – Founder and CEO
- Reyes Jara – Game Lounge – Managing Director Spain
These awards are all supported by well-renowned industry insiders as well as gaming clientele from top tiers of the gaming world being land-based and online.
The categories for this year’s awards are as follows:
Online casino operator of the year
In recent years, online casino games in Europe and the UK have gone a long way in recreating the land-based experience, and this category is for those contributing to the sector’s continuous expansion.
Sportsbook operator of the year
The finest of the online sports betting sector will be nominated for this award.
Rising star operator of the year
The finest up-and-coming operator of the year will be chosen by the judges.
Live casino provider of the year
The judges will nominate the most appealing online live casino provider.
Online poker operator of the year
Online poker is a popular vertical across the world, and the judges will award a trophy to the site that offers the most engaging and interesting games.
Online casino provider of the year
Only the most powerful and inventive online casino providers will make the final nomination list in such a competitive sector.
Unique selling point of the year
Find out which product is thought to have improved the casino business the most in the last 12 months.
Online sportsbook provider of the year
This Award will be appropriate recognition for the firm making the biggest gains in this area of platforms or any product, given the abundance of opportunities in this domain.
Online slots and RNG games of the year
RNG is an important aspect of modern gaming since it keeps games surprising and new. This award honors the greatest RNG games, which include anything from slots and bingo to lottery games and coin flips.
Rising star table game of the year
Baccarat, Black Roulette, and Kakao are examples of games that combine strategy and skill levels. This award honors the greatest online table games currently available.
Online payment solution of the year
Higher conversion rates and player retention may both be aided by excellent payment systems. Outside of this category, this award recognizes the movers and shakers who are upsetting the status quo.
Corporate services provider of the year
This Award honors people who serve as the industry’s backbone, whether in marketing, public relations, risk management, or legal services.
Affiliate program of the year
This award recognises the finest affiliate programs that are part of a gaming or online trading network. Our judges will be looking for presentations that cover a wide range of topics and appeal to a diverse audience.
CEO women of the year
This award is directed towards female business leaders across the globe who have achieved phenomenal success and continue to drive businesses forward. An award aimed at recognising skilled, and imaginative executives and entrepreneurs who operate successful firms worldwide.
CSR contributor of the year
When a company’s image is improved by successful corporate responsibility programs, it’s a significant benefit for the industry, and this Award will highlight those that give back to the community.
Workplace of the year
We spend a significant amount of our life at work, and for this award, we want to recognise those that create the finest working environment for their workers.
Alternative banking solution of the year
Fintech is poised to disrupt the banking industry. This prize is given to companies that provide alternatives to standard banking practices. We’re searching for customer-friendly, cutting-edge technologies that can provide new tech-savvy generations with savings and smart service, making banking easier, more customised, and more socially aware.
Online gaming media of the year
We’re searching for websites that are content-rich and focused on the online casino sector, and that use the newest technologies in social media, advertising, and marketing to give top-quality information and enjoyment. This award recognizes firms that have successfully articulated the characteristics that make a superior player experience, persuading high-value leads to play through a comprehensive experience.
Platform of the year
This trophy will go towards organisations that can build a multi-dimensional game platform and operate with honesty. The Platform of the Year is a one-stop solution shop for all your product demands, offering tailor-made services such as high-end UX/UI design, professional risk assessment, and expert-led brand creation.
Responsible gaming award of the year
Responsible gaming tackles the problems that players, regulators, and lawmakers face as the business continues to develop at a rapid rate, from regulatory compliance to fraud prevention.
iGaming consultancy of the year
We’re looking for consultants and advisers that have proven a commitment to quality in their services and project performance. This award recognises not just development and performance, but also innovation and thinking leadership, as well as reputation and contributions to humanitarian concerns.
Gaming fund of the year award
This award recognises venture capitalists and funds that have developed a distinct, forward-thinking approach to investing in gaming, esports, and digital media. These are investors that have established a global presence and a strong network that can capitalise on the early-mover advantage in a high-growth industry.
Hosting provider of the year
Companies nominated for this award go above and beyond, providing timely answers to complicated problems that businesses throughout the world confront. They embraced evolving trends and exhibited extraordinary devotion by taking an innovative strategy and allowing companies of all sorts to connect, function, and continue.
Esport product of the year
This Esports product of the year award distinguishes it from the competition over the previous twelve months, demonstrating its ability to identify and meet consumer wants, ensuring the client provides the greatest experience and diversity of services in this highly competitive industry.
Crypto casino of the year
Several large-scale Bitcoin casinos have arisen in recent years to provide a custom-tailored list of games and services for gamblers who choose to deal with Bitcoin rather than fiat currencies like the US Dollar. This award is designed for well-established crypto online casinos.
Game provider of the year
Online casinos are only feasible because of gaming providers. This award is granted to the most outstanding game provider for the year 2021.
Asia platform of the year
We’re seeking Asian firms that can build a multi-dimensional gaming platform and operate with honesty. The Asia Platform of the Year is a one-stop solution shop for all your product demands, including tailor-made services such as high-end UX/UI design, professional risk assessment, and expert-led brand creation.
Sportsbook affiliate of the year
When it comes to identifying the top sportsbook affiliate of the year, we look for platforms that have a strong brand portfolio, a wide event calendar, and high-quality traffic. We’re also looking at the small aspects that make sportsbooks stand out from the pack, like a well-designed user interface.
Art Auction for charity during the night:
The anticipated event will feature an art auction, with all profits going to the SiGMA Foundation for a range of philanthropic causes, in addition to casting a spotlight on some of the most exciting and innovative ideas transforming the face of the industry. This year’s pieces up for auction are:
- Heal the world by Reuven Schockner
- Crypto Over Fiat by Derek Mason
- Silver filigree artwork by Kevin Attard
When asked about the previous Europe Awards event, Milica Kasapovic from AskGamblers said that the Awards night “was an absolute delight! Apart from being a part of one of the most prestigious events in the industry, we got to mingle with our industry partners, colleagues, learn from experts, and have so much fun in the process.”
Another initiative taking place during the awards is that SiGMA Group has taken the laudable decision to go green and serve vegetarian cuisine throughout the evening.
While the meat entrée will not be offered by default, attendees will be able to make a special request and will be requested to email their dietary restrictions a few days before the event. Visit our website to find out how you can nominate and vote for your favorite candidates and companies. Explore the agenda for SiGMA Malta here.
Malta Week – Save the dates:
For the first time ever SiGMA Group is bringing its 4 leading shows together for the mother of all conferences. From the 15th to 19th November, SiGMA, alongside AGS and AIBC will bring the best in the business to a first-class meeting point at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC). Malta Week is a chance for investors to leverage the significant crossover potential for multi-faceted business deals and to double down on opportunities to connect with some of the leading affiliates, policymakers, thought leaders, suppliers, and operators in the industry. Register now!