Savoy Hotel in London was again the host of the International Gaming Awards where the best in the industry were awarded.
Already traditional, 9th edition of International Gaming Awards was a great intro into ICE Totally Gaming convention. Hosted in the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London, all nominated were present at the grand ceremony where the winners were announced.
These awards are special because there are awards for both best land-based and best online casinos. There were no surprises when it comes to the land-based casino as the most famous casino resorts won this award each year.
The competition among best online gambling sites however was strong and the judges had a tough job to pick the best. Even though, everyone thought that Mr Green will once again be the best online casino, the award however went to LeoVegas. Considering that online gambling is in expansion, the competition each year is getting stronger.
These awards are hard to win as each casino must be tested in all 5 fields — the best casino, innovation, service, security and support. Maximum number of points is 100 and the testing takes a whole year. This is the reason why all winners are extremely proud of their IGA awards.
Once again the organizer of the whole event was Clever Duck Media Ltd., one of the most innovative and supportive companies in the online gambling industry. We can divide winners into three groups: land-based casinos, online casinos and developers and here are the best in each category.
Best online casinos
This category was the most interesting for most, as there were no subcategories and the winner could only be one. Besides that the number of online gambling sites is in expansion and each has to work more and provide new content to their users.
Winner of this award in the last couple of year was a mysterious man with a green bowler hat which has made all people imagine his face. This year however the winner of the Online Casino Operator of the Year award was LeoVegas.
This furry lion with amazing games portfolio and thousands players who are loyal to his casino are just a proof that LeoVegas did deserve this award. Besides this online gambling site is famous for its funny competitions and even better awards which makes it unique among the casino operators.
Some of other nominated in this category were Royal Panda, Guts Casino and 888 Casino just to name a few. However, these casinos will have to work even more and provide better content to their users as the judges will soon start to evaluate them for the next edition of IGA.
Another award which was given in this category was for the best Socially Responsible Operator of the Year which was won by Unibet. This was not a surprise for many considering how much this operator invests into their safety and reliability.
The mysterious man behind the green hat did not leave the ceremony without an award this year. Mobile gambling is the newest aspect in the industry which is constantly growing. So Mr Green casino can proudly say that they are the best Mobile Operator of the Year.
Mobile gambling is in constant expansion and almost all online casions already have their mobile platforms or are working on them. Gambling industry tends to be available to anyone, anywhere.
Best land-based casinos
When it comes to the land-based casinos the competition each year is the same it seems. The well known casino resorts have proven their quality time and again so it is no surprise that each of them has won at least one award. The mystery, however, was who will win the award for the best.
Considering that Crown Resort has won the most awards at IGA, it is not a surprised that this year the best Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year award went to one of their casinos. This time the winner was Studio City Macau, which had its grand opening just last year.
The king of Las Vegas and the biggest resort there is of course Wynn Resort, which won the award for Casino Operator of the Year Americas. Crown Resort showed their dominance by winning another award, this time for the Casino Operator of the Year Asia/Australia.
America seems the only unconquered ground for this resort for now, but considering that big Crown Resort in Las Vegas is under construction, other casino resorts will have to work hard in order to stay competitive.
Europe is not famous for the casino resorts mainly because of the regulations which are still the issue there. However we should mention that the winner of the Casino Operator of the Year Europe is Caesars Entertainment UK.
Another interesting award in the land-based casino category was for the best VIP Casino Room of the Year which went to The Ritz Club, one of the most luxurious and elite casino room in the world. This London based hotel has a long tradition which always attracts new players.
Even though casinos were in the center of attention, it is important to note that they could not operate without developers and software providers which stand behind some of the best solution and of course best online casino games which are the most important for any provider.
Competition among developers was fierce, as there were numerous categories and each aspect of their offer was judged. However the proud winner of the Innovator of the Year is Microgaming, one of the veterans in the industry that once again proved their quality and ability to adapt to new trends on the market.
“What a fantastic start to ICE! What a tremendous accolade for our Research and Development team. They are constantly thinking ahead and pushing the boundaries, and deserve praise for consistently producing pioneering solutions that are effectively shaping the future of online gaming,” said the obviously proud CEO of the company.
Judges have decided that best iGaming Software Supplier is Yggdrasil, which did not surprise anyone considering how innovative they are. Besides classic casino game, this company is famous for new age 3D games based on Hollywood stars and other famous people.
Mobile gaming is currently in expansion and as we have already said Mr Green casino won the award for the best mobile operator. Playn’ Go however has the best Mobile Product of the Year as they are working hard on developing casino games for mobile platforms.
However users have picked IGT for the Best User Experience in Mobile, as this company offers many solutions and software to make things easier for all mobile users. At the latest ICE convention they announced their platform which will support new themes that offer multi-level progressives and bundles with multiple themes.
Speaking of games, one of the most famous gambling games is for sure poker. The award for the Best Poker Supplier of the Year went to PokerStars. This was expected as the company won this award four years in a row. Considering that they have the biggest poker room in the world this award is well deserved for sure.
Another well known casino game is for sure the online slot, and award for the best slot supplier went to Net Entertainment this year. With their new 3D technique, and cutting-edge graphic this supplier always follows new trends and creates interesting slots. Their newest games are special celebrations of Lunar New Year and carnival in Rio de Janerio.