Looking ahead to 2020, there’s plenty to get excited about; new tech, trends, games and so much more. It’s set to be an action-packed year as the industry invests in more research and development, driving online gaming forward and revving up to hit the expo’s, trade shows and award ceremonies to celebrate victories and flaunt their game plans for the year ahead.
iGaming award ceremonies are the best place to check out who is leading the industry, pulling out all the stops, and even to meet new rising stars. Just as the entertainment industry has the Oscars and Golden Globes, the gaming industry has its own set of highly coveted awards and ceremonies. By keeping on top of the nominations and results, you can work out where to play and keep on top of the best new casino and Bingo products!
Global Gaming Awards (London)
This is one of the biggest, most respected and trusted awards ceremonies in the industry. Held yearly, it is hosted by Gambling Insider in partnership with G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) and celebrates the leading companies and dynamic individuals forging the way forward in the iGaming industry or having made a significant contribution over the past year.
Judging panels are made up of 50 leading executives from the iGaming industry and the whole voting process is transparent, independently audited by KPMG. The Global Gaming Awards recognise the top players in the iGaming industry and include the highly coveted Online Casino and Affiliate Program of the Year awards.
Nominations for the 2020 awards took place in Nov 2019 and the winners were announced on Feb 3rd, 2020. Of particular note was JackpotJoy, which took the award for Online Bingo Operator of the year, for the second year in a row (check out our review of JackpotJoy now) and Red Tiger Gaming winning Casino Product of the Year for their creation of the much-loved Daily Drop Jackpots!
International Gaming Awards (London)
Challenging the Global Gaming Awards is another highly anticipated ceremony, the International Gaming Awards. Established in 1999 and held yearly (also in February), the IGA ceremony is equated to the Oscars of iGaming.
Over 30 awards are given to those who have impacted the industry, market and tech over the preceding year from all iGaming sectors. Awarded titles include Online Casino Operator, Mobile Operator, Live Casino and Socially Responsible Casino of the Year and Outstanding Contribution Award to an influential individual. These name but a few, so it’s easy to see how the IGA awards add up to one of the biggest and most exciting events of the year.
Take a look at the highlights from this year’s ceremony, where award winners included IGT, Pragmatic Play, Microgaming and Scientific Games.
EGR Operator Awards (London)
The EGR Operator Award ceremony is exclusively for operators and affiliates who have shown outstanding performance in business growth, operations and innovation. The award is hosted by EGR– the world’s leading B2B iGaming publication both on and offline- and awards include Operator and Affiliate of the Year as well as Rising Stars. Held annually, the event is a huge celebration of the success and hard work in the iGaming and Bingo industries during 2019-20.
Whilst you may have just missed out on catching this year’s GGA and IGA awards, it’s not too late for the EGR ceremony as this event takes place later in the year, around October. You’ll have to hold tight for the 2020 nominations and awards, but we can tell you that GVC Holdings (owner of Ladbrokes Bingo and Foxy Bingo) won the 2019 award for Operator of the Year and 888 Holdings took the title for Casino Operator of the Year so we can’t wait to see more big names in Bingo popping up this year. 888 Holdings is especially known for offering Bingo bonuses with zero wagering requirements and are leading the way in 2020 to Bingo bonus reform- take a look and pick an 888 Bingo site from our Bingo site reviews.