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NEWS 17 January 2018
Global Gaming Awards London 2018 shortlist announced
By Doug Peck
After months of deliberation, the wait is over: Gambling Insider is proud to announce the Global Gaming Awards London Shortlist for 2018. After hundreds of self-nomination submissions and recommendations from our esteemed Nomination Panel, the final ten nominations in each of the 16 categories have now been decided. Over the last two weeks it’s been the job of the London Judging Panel to cast their votes and crown the winners, with the final votes now being counted and ratified by long-term partners KPMG.

The London ceremony celebrates the broad nature of the international gaming world, and the nominees in the final Shortlist reflect this diversity in the industry. GGA London 2018 champions the work of a large number of sports betting operators, from retail sites to online sportsbooks, showing how important this vertical is to the gaming economy.

The significant importance of digital gaming to the industry is also acknowledged, with online casino, bingo and poker sites all getting their own categories. The services that sustain this ecosystem are just as vital as the operators themselves, which is why awards for Corporate Services Supplier and Payment Solutions have been created to recognise their support.

The final award will see one of 25 CEOs recognised for their business leadership in the past 12 months, but with so many success stories in the gaming world this year, it has not been the easiest of tasks for the judges to select a winner. The exclusive, invite-only presentation event is set to take place on Monday 5 February, just before ICE Totally Gaming and the London Affiliate Conference kick-off in the following days, creating the perfect backdrop to celebrate excellence within the gaming industry.

The awards ceremony will be hosted in the heart of London at one of the city’s most iconic venues, The Hippodrome, where attendees will first enjoy a stylish champagne drinks reception in the Heliot Lounge before moving to the opulent Matcham Theatre to see the winners announced over an afternoon tea.

Shortlisted nominees in each category are as follows:

Betting Shop Operator
1. Ladbrokes Coral Group
2. William Hill
3. Paddy Power Betfair
4. Betfred
6. Fortuna Entertainment Group
7. Boylesports
8. Codere Group
9. Marathonbet
10. SNAI Rete Italia

Online Sports Betting Operator
1. bet365
2. Sky Betting and Gaming
3. Paddy Power Betfair
4. Interwetten
5. Ladbrokes Coral Group
6. Unibet UK
7. 888 Sport
8. Betway
9. bwin
10. Betsson

Retail Supplier
1. Playtech BGT Sports
2. SIS
3. BetConstruct
4. SBTech
5. Golden Race
6. Betradar
7. Inspired Gaming
8. SG Gaming
9. Intralot
10. Racing Post B2B

Online Sports Betting Supplier
1. SBTech
2. OpenBet
3. Betradar
4. Betgenius
5. BtoBet
6. Sporting Solutions
7. UltraPlay
8. BetConstruct
9. EveryMatrix
10. Kambi

1. Resorts World Birmingham, UK
2. The Hippodrome, UK
3. Holland Casino Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4. Olympic Casino Carlton, Slovakia
5. Casino Baden-Baden, Germany
6. Casino Campione, Italy
7. Casino de Barcelona, Spain
8. Aspers Stratford, UK
9. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
10. Casino Estoril, Portugal

Online Casino
1. 32Red
2. Online Casino Deutschland
3. Mr. Green
4. LeoVegas
5. 888 Casino
6. Casumo
7. Sky Vegas
8. Videoslots
9. BGO
10. Casino.com

Casino Supplier
1. IGT
2. Scientific Games
3. EGT
4. Casino Technology
6. Merkur Gaming
7. Abbiati Casino Equipment
8. SuzoHapp
9. R. Franco
10. Alfastreet

Online Casino Supplier
1. Yggdrasil Gaming
2. Playtech
3. NetEnt
4. Aspire Global
5. Betsoft
6. SG Interactive
7. Microgaming
8. IGT
9. Blueprint Gaming
10. NYX Gaming Group

Casino Product
1. Ganapati: Pikotaro’s Pineapple Pen
2. Hero Gaming: Casino Heroes 3
3. Authentic Gaming: Casino Floor Live Studio
4. Lightning Box Games: Stellar Jackpots with Dolphin Gold
5. Red Tiger Gaming: Lucky Valentine
6. Pragmatic Play: Panda’s Fortune
7. Realistic Games: Win Sprint
8. Quickspin: Goldilocks and the Wild Bears
9. Habanero: Koi Gate
10. Play’n GO: Moon Princess

Payment Solution
1. Easy Payment Gateway
2. Paysafe
3. Vantiv
4. Trustly
5. ECommPay
6. Sightline Payments
7. eMerchantPay
8. CashFlows
9. ecoPayz
10. HiPay

Corporate Services Provider
1. Square in the Air
2. SMP
3. Harris Hagan
4. BettingJobs
5. Malta Gaming Authority
6. Lexis Nexis Risk
7. Betting Connections
8. Alderney eGaming
9. Beehive
10. Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission

Online Bingo Operator
1. Gala Bingo
2. Tombola
3. Jackpotjoy
4. Mecca Bingo
5. Coral Bingo
6. Maria Casino
7. Wink Bingo
8. Heart Bingo
9. Foxy Bingo
10. Sun Bingo

Online Poker Operator
1. PokerStars, The Stars Group
2. Partypoker, GVC
3. 888poker, 888 Holdings
4. Unibet Poker, Kindred
5. Sky Poker
6. Svenska Spel
7. Winamax
8. Redbet
9. PokerDom
10. Everest Poker

Affiliate Programme
1. LeoVegas Affiliates
2. Ladbrokes Partners
3. bet365 Affiliates
4. Kindred Affiliates
5. ActiveWins
6. Energy.Partners
7. GoWild
8. Intertops Affiliates
9. VBet Affiliates
10. 10Bet Affiliates

Corporate Responsibility Programme
1. Aspers
2. Mr. Green
3. Paf
4. Ovo
5. bet365
6. Betsson
7. Microgaming
8. Sportradar
9. Tombola
10. Genting UK

Chief Executive of the Year
1. Alexander Stevendahl – Videoslots
2. Antonios Kerastaris – Intralot
3. Bernard Marantelli – Colossus Bets
4. Denise Coates – bet365
5. Fred Done – Betfred
6. Fredrik Elmqvist – Yggdrasil Gaming
7. Gustaf Hagman - LeoVegas
8. Harald Neumann – NOVOMATIC
9. Henrik Tjärnström – Kindred Group plc
10. Henry Birch – Rank Group Plc
11. Jesper Kärrbrink - Mr Green
12. Kenny Alexander – GVC
13. Kostandina Zafirovska – BtoBet
14. Kristian Nylén – Kambi
15. Matt Davey – NYX Gaming Group
16. Mor Weizer – Playtech
17. Paris Smith – Pinnacle
18. Paul Gauselmann – Gauselmann Group
19. Rafi Ashkenazi - The Stars Group
20. Richard Flint – Sky Betting and Gaming
21. Roger Raatgever – Microgaming
22. Simon Thomas – Hippodrome Casino
23. Tristan Sjoberg – TCSJOHNHUXLEY
24. Vladimir Dokov – EGT
25. Walter Bugno – IGT
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IN-DEPTH 21 February 2018
Blockchain: Better the Devil you know?
The battle of the blockchain rages on. The technology that underpins cryptocurrency has proved deeply divisive, both in the gaming industry and wider financial markets. Up until now blockchain has suffered from a reputation as a tool for circumvention of controls and a platform for the underworld, but could the decentralised and transparent nature of the technology transform the gaming landscape as it promises? We asked two of the world's leading experts on blockchain gaming if it has finally come of age