Last week we discussed the ICE London 2019, i.e. the new games ahead of the upcoming ICE London 2019, and yesterday the winners of the Global Gaming Awards for 2019 were announced, also in London. In what has been quite a challenging year for the industry as a whole, certain companies, including providers, game developers and other gambling-related businesses managed to up their game and deliver impressive results.
The ceremony took place at the lavish Hippodrome Casino in London and the whole event was set as an afternoon tea party. Still, you won’t get to see the biggest industry CEOs in one room at a regular tea party, the Global Gaming Awards ceremony is the only event that actually gathers everybody who means something in the industry.
Sixteen Categories – 50 Judges
There are 16 categories and all winners were announced yesterday. The awards are handed out to companies on the basis of their performance in the previous 12 months, or in this case 2018. All participants were pretty thrilled to be part of the ceremony, as being nominated is an achievement on its own, let alone getting an Award.
Fifty expert judges played the role of a panel and each judge was supposed to nominate a first and a second choice in each category.
The whole event is powered by Gambling Insider, whereas Isle of Man’s KMPG overlooks the whole voting process just to ensure that everything is fair and transparent, as it should be for such a prestigious ceremony. Now let’s have a look at the winners in each category.
Winners In The Online Categories
Understandably, for us, the online categories are the most important ones. Leo Vegas, 888 Casino and Mr Green are the operators that were named top online casinos. It must have been a great honour, particularly for Leo Vegas, to find itself at the top of the Online Casino category, especially since 888 Casino – proper industry giant assumed the second position.
As for the Online Casino Supplier category, here we had Evolution Gaming, NetEnt and Microgaming in the first three positions. And while it is not surprising that NetEnt and Microgaming were listed two of the top three companies, Evolution Gaming really went to prove that hard work pays off and everybody at the company can be pretty thrilled with this achievement.
NetEnt’s Jumanji was named top Casino Product, with Mr Green’s Live Beyond Live right behind. It is interesting to note that Live Beyond Live was also developed by NetEnt, so even if this was a rather challenging year for the company, they still managed to produce two award-winning casino products, and that’s quite an achievement. Last but not least, we have IGT’s Crystal Curve as the third best Casino Product.
When it comes to Online Sports Betting Operators, we have the inevitable Bet365, the largest employer in Stoke on Trent, with Sky Betting right behind and Bwin in third position. JackpotJoy was the top online bingo operator, followed by Gala Bingo and Svenska Spel.
PokerStars were named the first Online Poker Operator and that came as a surprise to no one, perhaps it was a tad more surprising that Svenska Spel managed to secure a position ahead of 888Poker.