The winners at the sixth annual Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas were confirmed today, with the ceremony proving to be arguably the most competitive yet.
All winners were announced at a luncheon ceremony at the Sands Expo Convention Center, as part of the G2E show, in front of more than 500 industry professionals.
Aristocrat was the only company to take home more than one Award, after its success in two categories last year.
The supplier defended its title in the Slot of the Year category, with Buffalo Diamond following up on Game of Thrones' victory last year.
Among the other highlights at this year's show were DraftKings winning its first Global Gaming Award in the Digital Operator of the Year category, Kambi winning Digital Supplier of the Year just one year after its launch in the US and AGS CEO David Lopez winning American Executive of the Year.
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This year's winners were decided by a record panel of 100 expert Judges. The voting process was independently adjudicated by KPMG Isle of Man.
Julian Perry, Gambling Insider COO, who presented the ceremony, said: “We would like to give our congratulations to all winners at this year’s ceremony, and I would personally like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this year’s Awards a success.
“It’s been fantastic to see how the Awards have grown in the past six years, and after securing a record number of experienced industry Judges this year, I am certain they will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Below is a full breakdown of the winners in each category.
Land-Based Operator (sponsored by IGT)
Winner: Eldorado Resorts
Winning the Award for the first time was Eldorado Resorts. In June, the operator entered new realms within the gaming industry with the announcement of its $17.3bn acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, which will complete in Q1 2020.
Digital Operator (sponsored by NetEnt)
DraftKings managed to beat competition from the likes of FanDuel, 888 Holdings and Resorts Digital. The operator opened its sportsbook at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City in November 2018, which was its first physical location in New Jersey.
Land-Based Product (sponsored by Evolution Gaming)
Winner: Interblock Gaming - Stadium
Interblock won its first ever Global Gaming Award with Stadium. The product connects the live interaction of a dealer with an unlimited number of players. Interblock currently has more than 100 Stadiums operating across four continents.
Digital Product (sponsored by Casino Technology)
Winner: Scientific Games – OpenSports
Scientific Games defended its title in this category, after winning with OpenBet last year. OpenSports, the redesigned sports betting portfolio, combines proven elements of the platform with streamlined services that stage operators for short- and long-term success.
Land-Based Industry Supplier (sponsored by Asia Live Tech)
Aristocrat's first success of the day came in this category. In the past year before being nominated, Aristocrat released the EDGE X and Helix XT cabinets. Aristocrat has grown to nearly 5,000 employees, serving thousands of customers.
Digital Industry Supplier (sponsored by Aristocrat)
Kambi is celebrating success just one year after its launch in the US, following the overturning of PASPA. Kambi customers include DraftKings, Mohegan Sun, Rush Street Interactive and 888.
Customer Loyalty Program (sponsored by Interblock Gaming)
Winner: MGM Resorts International – M life
M life is back at the top, after losing its title to Caesars Entertainment last year. M life was the winner in each of the previous four years. MGM guests can earn Tier Credits for virtually all their spending to elevate and enhance their experience.
Property (sponsored by Scientific Games)
Winner: The Venetian Macao
The Venetian Macao is the second winner of this Award, after Borgata's success last year. Not only does the Venetian Macao boast the largest casino floor in the world, it stands as the third-largest building in the world and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia.
Product Innovation (sponsored by Newgioco Group)
Winner: Incredible Technologies - Infinity V55 Edge
The Infinity V55 Edge debuted at last year's G2E and is driven by the need to create a unified gaming and product merchandising package.
Slot (sponsored by Inspired Entertainment)
Winner: Aristocrat – Buffalo Diamond
It's two wins out of two in this category for Aristocrat, after winning with Game of Thrones last year. Buffalo Diamond honours the original game. It has a $500,000 wide area progressive and is the first game in the Buffalo franchise to appear on the flame 55 cabinet.
Responsible Business (sponsored by Novomatic)
Winner: Gaming Laboratories International
Gaming Laboratories International was another first-time winner. GLI will review an operator's existing responsible gambling programs, personnel, resources and performance metrics.
American Executive (sponsored by Sportradar)
Winner: David Lopez – AGS
The AGS CEO came out on top against 19 other shortlisted executives. Lopez has been CEO of the supplier since 2014 and has overseen sustained growth, in a period including the acquisitions of Colossal Gaming and Cadillac Jack.