2016 Global Gaming Award Winners Revealed
Each year, the Global Gaming Awards celebrates the year’s advancements and innovations in virtual and land-based gaming technology. Held in the Venetian Ballroom at the Las Vegas-based Venetian Palazzo Congress Centre, this year’s Global Gaming Awards took place on September 26th as part of the 2016 Global Gaming Expo.
Experts in various categories of the gambling industry gathered at the event to celebrate a year of new gaming innovations and developments. The celebration took the form of an awards luncheon, where the year’s Global Gaming Awards winners were formally announced. The Global Gaming Awards began on Monday, September the 26th, and were concluded on September the 29th at the Sands Expo.
Recognising Industry Contributions
As is traditional for the event, 2016’s awards were granted in 12 different categories to honour those companies in both online and land-based gambling fields. The shortlist for the year was collated by a Global Gaming Awards nomination panel, which consisted of 8 of the industry’s foremost experts with many years of experience in their respective fields.
After the shortlist was compiled, the nominees were left to the decisions of a panel of 60 awards judges. These judges again comprised many of the gambling industry’s most expert members, who are well equipped to decide the winners of each category.
On the Winners List
The first category to be announced this year was the Land-Based Operator of the Year award. This accolade went to MGM Resorts International, a company that has received the award for 3 years running. MGM Resorts International was also acknowledged in the Customer Loyalty Programme category, receiving praise for its proprietary M Life Rewards programme.
The Digital Operator of the Year award went to online operator 888 Holdings as recognition for its highly successful 888poker site. Global software developer IGT was awarded accolades in two categories this year: Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year, and Casino Product of the Year for their PlaySpot software.
Industry giant Playtech was honoured with the Digital Supplier of the Year title, an award that the company was runner-up for in the previous year’s awards. Another world-renowned developer, Microgaming, won the Digital Product of the Year award for their Quickfire online gaming platform.
In the Land-Based Gaming Innovation category, Scientific Games and its new mobile gaming product SG Universal emerged victorious. Developer NYX Gaming scooped the title for Digital Gaming Innovation for its innovative new pokies game, Witch Pickings.
Digital Acquisition Programme of the Year was awarded to the online gaming operator Unibet. In the Responsible Business of the Year category, the geolocation technology developer GeoComply walked away with the award. Last to be awarded was the North American Executive of the Year award, which went to Chief Commercial Officer at Aristocrat Leisure Maureen Sweeny.
As always, these awards were highly anticipated and highlighted the brands that are offering an exceptional service to the gaming industry.