Hosted at the Pavilion at the Tower of London on Wednesday 1st June, the 2016 EGR B2B Awards celebrated the best in industry services, recognising a total of 38 disciplines critical to online gambling’s day-to-day operations.
Rewarding service categories for software, platform provisions, payment processing, IT development, data analytics, marketing and operational services the seventh EGR B2B Awards details the make-up of online gambling’s diverse and complex value chain.
For tech-based categories, NYX Gaming took the honour of ‘Platform of the Year’, with the awards night holding further highlights for the Canadian firm as its recently acquired firm OpenBet would win ‘Sports Betting Supplier’.
NYX Gaming Group CEO Matt Davey commented: “The NYX Gaming Group acquisition of OpenBet was designed to ensure that our customers have access to the very best platforms and content across all verticals, and to be acknowledged in this way by the industry is confirmation that we are doing exactly that. We are committed to investing further in our content and technology to ensure we continue to deliver new and exciting opportunities for our customers.”
OpenBet CEO Jeremy Thompson-Hill added: “OpenBet has long established itself as the leading supplier of sports betting and platform solutions and there is no higher praise than to be recognised as such by our peers. We are already seeing the huge benefits which come from being part of the NYX family and we look forward to continue building upon this success.”
The B2B night would see familiar faces win as Playtech would retain its ‘Multi-Channel Supplier’, with EveryMatrix retaining its ‘White Label Partner’ award.
Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix, said: “This major award comes as a recognition of our company’s efforts to create better solutions for the iGaming industry and our constant work to support our clients with high-quality products necessary for building successful gaming websites.”
SBTech took home the award for best In-Play Betting Software. CEO Richard Carter commented: “Over the past 12 months we have acquired numerous major operators, powering some of the most successful online gaming brands.
“The in-play betting element is the icing on the cake of our Sportsbook offering. We are delighted to be recognised as the best supplier of Sportsbetting software and services to the global online gaming market.”
The awards night would see a first time winner in Swedish games content developer Yggdrasil Gaming which won the accolade of best ‘Slot Provider’.
Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “Winning Software Rising Star at last year’s EGR B2B Awards was absolutely fantastic and we could only dream that a year on we would be voted Slot Provider of the Year. This really is a huge award for us to win – you just have to look at the other nominees to see what an important category it is.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible. We’ve got an absolutely brilliant team and this award will only spur us on to work even harder to create the very best products for our customers.”
Operational services’ recognition would see BetConstruct win the industry’s ‘Best Customer Service’ award, with SafeCharge taking home top payments honours for ‘Payments Company’ and ‘Fraud & Compliance’.
BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian remarked: “This award, which we are receiving second year in a row, simply shows that for BetConstruct customer service is not what we do but who we are.
“BetConstruct team excels year after year in its compassionate, relentless and unending effort to give our partners more than they are expecting. By doing this we show our appreciation for their hard work. My colleagues and I are deeply humbled and encouraged by this significant recognition from our industry.”
Highlighting data competencies, top awards would be awarded to Betradar for best ‘Sport Data Provider’and HARMAN Connected Services for industry ‘Data Analytics’.
Marketing disciplines would see Irish start-up Element Wave win ‘Acquisition & Retention Partner’ with Income Access retaining its title of best ‘Affiliate Software’.
EGR B2B Awards Winners 2016
|Skill games supplier||Gamevy|
|Mobile gaming software||Playtech|
|Innovation in mobile||NetEnt|
|Bingo supplier||Bede Gaming|
|Acquisition & retention partner||Element Wave|
|Online lottery supplier||IGT|
|RNG casino supplier||NetEnt|
|Data analytics partner||HARMAN Connected Services|
|Services rising star||Fresh8 Gaming|
|Social & freeplay gaming supplier||FlowPlay|
|Virtual sports supplier||Inspired Gaming Group|
|Innovation in slot provision||NetEnt|
|Datacentre of the year||Continent 8 Technologies|
|White label partner||EveryMatrix|
|Marketing and PR provider||Square in the Air|
|Affiliate software||Income Access|
|Live streaming supplier||Perform Group|
|Fraud and compliance solution||SafeCharge|
|Mobile services provider||Element Wave|
|Innovation in sports betting software||Colossus Bets|
|Sports data provider||Betradar|
|Recruiter of the year||EyeSpy Recruitment|
|Live casino supplier||Evolution Gaming|
|Corporate services provider||KPMG Isle of Man & Gibraltar|
|Innovation in payments solutions||Secure Trading|
|In-play betting software||SBTech|
|Best customer service||BetConstruct|
|Innovation in RNG casino software||Quickspin|
|Mobile supplier||Realistic Games|
|Software rising star||LOTTOTECH|
|Slot provider||Yggdrasil Gaming|
|Sports betting supplier||OpenBet|
|Platform of the year||NYX Gaming Group (Open Gaming System)|