The International Gaming Awards (IGA) will return to celebrate its 10th anniversary on 6 February 2017. Ahead of the ceremony, last week the organisers have released the shortlist of finalists for all of the major categories. All attendees will travel to the UK and come together at the InterContinental London Park Lane for the event, which was a sell-out in 2016.
iGaming Software Supplier
iGaming software supplier will be a hotly contested category. NetEnt and Microgaming have both released strong video slot titles in 2016, but could face competition from IGT, NYX Gaming, Yggdrasil, BBIN, BetConstruct, and OpenBet.
Innovator will be another coveted category, as it signifies which software providers are the best at developing new games and technology. Microgaming, IGT, NetEnt, BetConstruct, and Yggdrasil also appear in this category. However, they will also have to overcome SBTech, Pilot Games, and Evolution Games, which is renowned for its live casino software.
The mobile operator award is filled with familiar brands, including Cherry Casino, Gala Bingo, Leo Vegas, Mr Green, Sky, and Unibet. For mobile product, the top contenders for the award will be Agilsys, Connective Games, IGT, Leo Vegas, Microgaming, NetEnt, Play’n Go, and Scientific Games.
Gala and Mecca are two of the leading prospects in the bingo operator category, while Cherry Casino and Leo Vegas are two brands that will be eying the casino equivalent. Gala Coral and Unibet can be found in the gaming operator award, with 888Poker and PokerStars being two big options for poker. For sportsbook operators, ComeOn and Unibet have been shortlisted.
Payment and Security
There are many more award categories being represented at IGA 2017, with payment and security being two extremely important ones. Paysafe and Safecharge are leaders in payment, while Evolution Gaming and Microgaming will compete in security.
IGA is an awards ceremony that honours the achievements of companies serving the global gambling industry across digital and land-based sectors. For IGA 2017, the ceremony has attracted another strong roster of sponsors, including the likes of Microgaming, Playtech, Play’n GO, IGT, Yggdrasil, BetConstruct, and Mr Green, among others.
The judges represent another crucial aspect of the event, which is why the organisers have sought out some of the most respected professionals from the global gambling industry. Desmond Lam Ph.D will provide an academic perspective from the University of Macau, Betfred’s Gemma Strath will share operator insights, Playtech CEO Mor Weizer will focus on software, and many other will contribute.