NetEnt take home most awards whilst Mr Green and Jackpot Joy follow. Robin Ramm Ericson & Gustaf Hagman of Leo Vegas win Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.
The much-awaited second annual iGaming Idol gala awards dinner lit up the Industry with a full capacity attendance of 430 iGaming executives, employees, friends and 18 new ‘Idols of the Year’.
The event, which doubled in its attendance figures when compared to the 2016 edition, was held in the prestigious Grand Master Suite at the Hilton Hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.
Distinguished guests were welcomed to the black-tie event with red-carpet treatment and champagne on arrival, before being hosted to a three-course dinner and a night of glitz and glamour by industry personalities Michael Caselli, Editor in Chief of iGaming Business, and Rebecca Liggero from Calvin Ayre.
Michael Pedersen, CEO of iGaming idol, welcomed the guests, finalists and sponsors by thanking them for their support, whilst he reiterated that those attending were supporting the Industry and the local community in a major way.
Mr Pedersen said: “iGaming Idol is all about the recognition of individuals and giving employees within the industry their due importance. Supporting charity and giving back to the community is another pillar of iGaming Idol and we are thrilled to donate more than €12,000 to the Malta Community Chest Fund this year.”
Special guest, the Hon Silvio Schembri, Paliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, delivered the opening speech by praising the organisers for their innovative concept in recognising the talent behind the industry’s success.
He congratulated all the finalists, noting that it was encouraging to see a good number of Maltese nationals had made the list in several categories. Hon Schembri also announced that Government was taking measures to facilitate work permits and visas to attract more foreign talent.
The attendees were entertained throughout the evening with live music, and the hosts were on spectacular form.
The ceremony can be viewed here
The evening culminated in the awards ceremony and 16 winners taking home the title of ‘Idol of the Year’ within their respective categories. The finalists were put through a rigorous process including being interviewed by expert judges from the same category.
In addition to the 16 Idols, prestigious awards were given out to Robin Ramm Ericson and Gustaf Hagman of Leo Vegas for winning ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ as well as Catena Media for taking home ‘Employer of the Year’. The iGaming Idol Awards are fully audited by BDO Malta, an affiliate organisation of BDO International.
The winners were:
|Affiliate Manager Idol of the Year||Laura O Brien||Mr Green|
|Business Intelligence Idol of the Year||Andrew Galea||NetRefer|
|Casino Product Idol of the Year||Alan Brincat||Quasar Gaming|
|Compliance and Regulated Markets Idol of the Year||Ewout Wierda||Videoslots|
|Customer Service Idol of the Year||Viktor Mardberg||Jackpot Joy|
|Design & User Experience Idol of the Year||Martin McDonald||Join Games|
|Fraud & Risk Idol of the Year||Daniel Buttitieg||APCO Pay|
|HR Idol of the Year||Roberta Geres||Mr Green|
|Live Casino Dealer Idol of the Year||Joscelyn James Sims||NetEnt|
|Manager Idol of the Year||Lahcene Merzoug||Evoke|
|SEO/SEM Idol of the Year||Sean Bianco||Quasar Gaming|
|Sports Product Idol of the Year||Tamara Caligari||Tipico|
|Recruitment Idol of the Year||Jakob Wallof||NetEnt|
|Tech Back-end Idol of the Year||Anthony Sammut||NetEnt|
|Tech Front-end Idol of the Year||Kurt Aquilina||Play N Go|
|VIP Manager Idol of the Year||Steve DeGiorgio||Jackpot Joy|
|Outstanding Contribution to the Industry||Robin Ramm Ericson & Gustaf Hagman||Leo Vegas|
|Employer of the Year||Catena Media|
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CT Interactive Signs Deal with Torrero Platform
CT Interactive has signed a key deal with Torrero Platform N.V and Тorrero Ltd, prominent players in the iGaming industry.
“We are so proud to partner with Torrero. Torrero Platform is a leading player in the iGaming industry, offering a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to empower operators and enhance player engagement. Through this partnership, we will increase our presence in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Asia,” Lachezar Petrov, CEO at CT Interactive, said.
With a focus on delivering exceptional gaming experiences, CT Interactive continues to push boundaries in the iGaming space through its commitment to quality, creativity, and player-centric offerings.
Antonio Donov, Business Development Manager EMEA at CT Interactive, said: “The collaboration between CT Interactive and Torrero Platform is underpinned by a shared commitment to delivering excellence in the iGaming space. By combining our resources, knowledge, and networks, both companies stand to benefit from the partnership.”
Aleksei Tolstov, Head of Business Development at Torrero, said: “The agreement entails that CT Interactive will be launched on various platforms, including betmaster.com, betmaster.ie, casinoin.ie, bongo.io, and betmaster.com.mx. These games will be accessible in markets spanning from Mexico to Estonia. Torrero.com offers customized casino and sportsbook solutions globally, providing game aggregation services and enhancing multiple brands to deliver top-notch experiences.”
Pragmatic Play Grows in Paraguay and Brazil with Giro Win
Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is achieving further expansion in Paraguay and Brazil after signing a multi-vertical deal with Giro Win.
The deal encompasses the supplier’s Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports products, bringing its portfolio to an even greater LatAm audience.
Pragmatic Play’s Slots portfolio has seen numerous player-favourite additions in recent weeks that will soon be available for Giro Win’s costumers, including new titles in the iconic Big Bass franchise as well as the renowned John Hunter series. The agreement also includes award-winning staples such as Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus.
The supplier’s Live Casino content stretches from casino classics such as roulette and blackjack to captivating live game shows such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Snakes & Ladders Live that are also part of the agreement.
Also included is Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports, powered by a real-time physics engine and providing life-like renditions of popular sports such as Formula 1, greyhound racing and horse racing, on-demand to sports bettors.
As it further expands across LatAm, Pragmatic Play continues its commercial trajectory and ambitions of delivering fresh content to even more players than ever before.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “With LatAm remaining a source of commercial growth for Pragmatic Play, its latest partnership with Giro Win underpins its ongoing commitment to bringing a dynamic entertainment offering to more consumers in the region.
“Giro Win is an esteemed operator in the Latin American market and Pragmatic Play is proud of this new partnership that will see its Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports soon integrated to its platform.”
Hélio Cuevas, Director of Giro Win, said: “Pragmatic Play’s portfolio boasts some of the best games in the industry and it will be a welcome addition to our offering. We have no doubt the response to the large quantity of Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports titles that Pragmatic Play offers will match the overwhelming reception they have already experienced worldwide.
“Giro Win and Pragmatic Play share a vision of powering up new possibilities for players and delivering an unmatched experience and we are delighted to now count them as a partner.”
Pragmatic Play to Have Significant Presence at SBC Summit Latinoamérica
Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is set to be in attendance at the upcoming SBC Summit Latinoamérica.
Exhibiting at stands G40 and H40, Pragmatic Play’s leading portfolio of multi-product content will be on display to cement its standing as the leading supplier to the Latin American market.
Pragmatic Play will be a Gold Headline Sponsor of the event, where the team will join attendees at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November.
The conference forms part of its LatAm Mission Itinerary, a campaign to inform delegates across leading industry events how Pragmatic Play can twist, transform, and elevate gaming experiences. Marking Mission #12, the provider’s attendance will be figure-headed by its Spaceman, the main character from its market-leading crash game title.
The Pragmatic Play team will be on hand at its stands to greet both current and potential clients and detail the advancements it has made in the realms of Slots, Live Casino, Virtual Sports, and Bingo.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play is thrilled to announce its attendance at the upcoming SBC Summit Latinoamérica and looks forward to welcoming attendees and gaining a deeper understanding of the lively Latin American market.
As Mission #12 in Pragmatic Play’s LatAm itinerary, it has a lot in store for the conference and will reaffirm its commitment to providing new dynamic experiences that allow its partners to excel.”
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