888Poker picked up the title of Best Digital Operator at the Global Gaming Awards ceremony in Las Vegas – the opening event of the Global Gaming Expo 2016.
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is an annual event that gives service providers to the gaming industry the opportunity to show off their latest innovations. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of industry professionals attend the event at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas in order to keep up-to-date with what is going on in the industry and for some serious networking.
The opening event of G2E is the Global Gaming Awards, in which companies and individuals within the gaming industry are recognized for their achievements during the previous year. This year´s ceremony took place last Monday in the ballroom of the Venetian Hotel, with twelve awards up for grabs in the land-based and digital gaming sectors.
888Poker is Best Digital Operator of the Year
Undoubtedly the most strongly contested award of the evening was that for Best Digital Operator of the Year. The competition for the award not only included online poker sites such as PokerStars and multi-discipline online gambling sites such as Bet365, but also the two leading Daily Fantasy Sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel.
The destination of the award was determined by a judging panel made up of sixty gaming industry CEO´s and high-profile executives – the panel voting 888Poker the winner of the Best Digital Operator of the Year award for the site´s investment in new campaigns and programs. Announcing the panel´s decision, Gambling Insider Editor Alex Hammond said:
Congratulations to 888, a first Global Gaming Award win for the operator who has made great strides in challenging the dominance of PokerStars in both the US and Europe in the past 12 months, and in the process given the online poker industry a jolt that many believe the industry needs to return to its former glory.
MGM Resorts Picks up Two Awards
Among the other winners at the Global Gaming Awards ceremony, MGM Resorts won the title of Best Land-Based Operator for the third consecutive year and also picked up a second award for its “M Life” Customer Loyalty Program. IGT also picked up two awards – the first for Casino Product of the Year, and the second for Land-Based Industry Supplier.
Another company to enjoy repeat success was Microgaming, who won the Digital Product of the Year Award for the second time in a row, while Playtech improved on its runner-up position in 2015 to land the title for Digital Industry Supplier. GeoComply also picked up an award for the company´s work on geolocation technology. The full list of Global Gaming Award winners are:
Land-Based Operator of the Year
MGM Resorts International
Digital Operator of the Year
888 Holdings for 888poker.com
Casino Product of the Year
IGT for PlaySpot
Digital Product of the Year
Microgaming for its Quickfire platform
Digital Acquisition Program of the Year
Customer Loyalty Program of the Year
MGM Resorts International
Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year
IGT for innovation in slot machines
Digital Industry Supplier of the Year
Land-Based Gaming Innovation of the Year
Scientific Games for SG Universe
Digital Gaming Innovation of the Year
NYX Gaming Group for Witch Pickings slot
Responsible Business of the Year
North America Executive of the Year
CCO of Aristrocrat Gaming Maureen Sweeny
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