Within the iGaming calendar, one week always stands out. The ICE Totally Gaming Conference, which took place last week in London, is a yearly event which allows casino suppliers, operators and software developers to showcase their new products and services, as well as allowing industry experts and journalists to get all the insider information about what online gamers can expect in the year to come. It also, however, gives the industry a chance to celebrate the most innovative creations from the past year and congratulate creators on their successes.
The International Gaming Awards are held on the eve of the ICE conference, and so this years winners have already been announced. The IGA celebrate all those who have brought creativity and quality to the gaming sector, and so it’s great to see some of our favourite gaming brands have been recongised. Read on to see who won big in the online section of the awards, and what this means for players.
Innovator of the Year
Perhaps one of the most coveted prizes of the night, the Innovator of the Year award acknowledges those who have put hard work into producing new and exciting products, and who have managed to change the gaming sector for the better. This year’s award we’re pleased to announce, was won by Yggdrasil Gaming – one of our favourite software developers.
Yggdrasil have won the award multiple times before, including both in 2016 and 2017, which is testament to their great, groundbreaking slots. In the past year Yggdrasil have created some of the best new titles around, including Orient Express, Reptoids and Beauty and the Beast.
Innovator of the Year is always a tough category to compete in and to be awarded the prize Yggdrasil beat out other world-class software developers such as NetEnt and Microgaming. It’s safe to say, therefore, that Yggdrasil were over the moon with their win, with CEO Fredrik Elmqvist commenting that the brand ‘always strive to be the best’ and so it’s ‘an honour to be recognised by our industry peers.’
Another highly sought after prize is the Innovator Operator award, which celebrates the casinos who are going above and beyond to offer the best casino experience possible to their players. SlotsMillion were the casino to walk away with this prize, and we couldn’t be happier for them as in the past year they’ve proved what an absolutely superb casino they are!
SlotsMillion was the world’s first virtual reality casino and, although that’s impressive in it’s own right, they also offer one of the most packed out rosters of slots we’ve ever seen. Currently offering over 1,000 different titles, the casino is committed to championing smaller software developer brands as well as the heavy hitters, which means SlotsMillion players can enjoy one of the most diverse and extensive collections of slots around.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, after the successful year they’ve had, Play’n GO were named Slots Provider of the Year; an award that definitely carries some weight! Unlike the Innovator of the Year award, this prize celebrates a commitment to consistently delivering high quality games, and making sure they’re available across all sorts of casinos and platforms.
This is the second year in a row that Play’n GO have walked away with the award, and the judges commended the brand for their unwavering dedication to creating beautiful games with unique features and flawless gameplay. CEO of Play’n GO, Johan Tornqvist was thrilled by the win and promised players they could continue expecting the same level of excellence. He said ‘Producing quality slots is what we’re known for, and although we’ve greatly expanded our product range of late, this will remain a key priority for us for the foreseeable future.’
VideoSlots also celebrated at the awards, having picked up a win in the Slots Operator category. If you’ve ever played at VideoSlots, this shouldn’t come as a shock however, as the casino offers over 2,000 different slots titles from over 70 different games designers! This is not only impressive, but it’s exactly the sort of committment to slots that the judges were looking for!
VideoSlots started out all the way back in 2011, and so it’s very nice to see them get the recognition they deserve. In a press release, the casino commented that they are ‘very proud of all our products’ and’all the amazing providers that we work with’. They also thanked their legions of players for helping them get where they are, as well as thanking all their staff members who work hard to make sure they offer a great experience.
You can read the full list of IGA 2018 winners here. We’d like to congratulate everyone involved for making iGaming one of the most exciting and innovative sectors to be part of, and for creating some excellent casino products and experiences in the past year. We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for all the winners and nominees!