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2019 Global Gaming Awards Shortlist Announced

Irving Hayes - 29 Jan 2019

2019 Global Gaming AwardsThe shortlist for the Global Gaming Awards London 2019 has been released. The nominees in the 16 different categories will find out who the winners are when the prestigious event takes place at the Hippodrome on 4 February.

The awards acknowledge excellent operations over the past 12 months. Companies have the chance to nominated themselves, following which the Gambling Insider editorial staff, as well as the awards’ nomination panel, make various recommendations. A panel of 50 experts then judges the entrants. Their first and second choices for each category have already been submitted, which means the voting process is now over.

How Winners Are Decided

The winner in each category is the nominee with the most first choice votes. If, however, there is a tie between first and second choices, the nominee that received the most second-choice votes is named the winner.

The awards are powered by Gambling Insider, and the voting process audited by KPMG Isle of Man. The lead partner of the 2019 event is BetConstruct.

A Closer Look at the Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Global Gaming Awards may not feature too many surprises, but that does not mean the competition is not stiff. With several big names competing for the same title, the final results may be more surprising than players realist.

Mr Green, 888Casino, and PartyCasino are among the brands competing for the Online Casino of the Year award, a Pragmatic Play-sponsored title that was won last year by LeoVegas.                                                                                                                                                           

Sponsored by ActiveWin, the Casino Product of the Year category features some of the most exciting releases of 2018. It is one of the most popular categories, and this year the nominee shortlist includes Live Beyond Live from Mr Green, NetEnt’s Jumanji online slots, and Lightning Horseman powered by Lightning Box Games.

The awards do not limit themselves to casino gaming. Sports betting is also covered by several categories. The Online Sports Betting Operator of the Year category, which is sponsored by SG Digital, pits Bwin, Betfair, William Hill, and Sky Betting and Gaming against each other.

The nominees in the Betting Shop Operator of the Year category, sponsored by Inbet Games, include OPAP, Ladbrokes, Snaitech, and Fortune Entertainment Group. The Global Gaming Awards even honour affiliates. Asia Live Tech is sponsoring the Affiliate Programme of the Year award. The category shortlist includes Bet365, ActiveWin, 1xBet, and Betsson.

The last award at the event is the Chief Executive of the Year. The award is sponsored by Betradar, and honours executives whose leadership lead their company to success in the last year. Those nominated include Therese Hillman of NetEnt, Kenny Alexander of GVC, Kristian Nylén of Kambi, and Peter Jackson of Paddy Power Betfair.

The Online Casino Supplier of the Year award is another coveted award. This year sees the likes of Microgaming, NetEnt, and Evolution Gaming competing against Pragmatic Play, Greentube, Red Tiger Gaming, Asia Live Tech, BBin, and SG Digital.

Among the nominees in the Corporate Responsibility Programme award are Microgaming’s PlayItForward, Danske Spil’s Game Scanner, and William Hill’s Project Africa. The shortlist announced for the Online Poker Operator of the Year award include 888Poker, PartyPoker, Pokerdom, Pokermatch, Pokermira, PokerStars, Sky Poker, Svenska Spel, Unibet, and the Spartan Poker.

The brands named in the Payment Solution of the Year category include Easy Payment Gateway, Ecommpay, EcoPayz, Entropay, Everi Holdings, MoneyMatrix, PayPal, Paysafe Group, Trustly, and Vantiv.

The full list of nominees shortlisted for the Global Gaming Awards London 2019 is available in the Shortlist magazine, published on the event’s website. A print version of the magazine will be made available at the ICE London event, which is also set to take place in February.