On Thursday night, as the CasinoBeats 2021 summit drew to an end, all eyes turned to the inaugural edition of a new awards ceremony celebrating the best game developers in the iGaming industry – the Game Developer Awards.
Winners were chosen across 14 categories, with awards for game performance, game creation and game marketing handed out.
One prominent winner was Relax Gaming, which won in two categories, Slot of the Year, for its Money Train 2 game, and Slot to Watch, for Book of 99.
Taking to social media, the game supplier celebrated its victory, saying: “it’s great to see our team commended for their hard work – we’ve had a great month already and now we’ve won two CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards”.
Another multi-award winner was Las Vegas-based SG – Digital, which won in the Game Retro-Style category for its ‘Rainbow Riches Race Day’ offering and in the Slot Legacy Title for ‘Rainbow Riches’.
Aside from Relax, a number of Malta-based companies won awards at the ceremony.
Valletta-based AvatarUX, for example, won in the Game Innovation category for CherryPop, TikiPop, and HippoPop.
St Julian’s-based Red Tiger also picked up an award, winning in the Slot Collaboration category alongside Big Time Gaming, for its Gonzo’s Quest Megaways game.
The games were judged by a number of prominent figures in the iGaming industry, including David Flynn (Swintt CEO), Tobias Svensen (Casino Grounds CEO), Ivan Filletti (GamingMalta COO) and Cristina Niculae (Interactive Gaming Group CEO).
The CasinoBeats Summit marked the return of live events to the iGaming industry in Malta. Hosted at the InterContinental Hotel between Wednesday and Thursday, it was addressed by prominent leaders of the industry and provided carefully curated content and networking.
The central theme of the conference agenda was iGaming development, innovation and strategy, and there were content tracks focused on the next generation of slots, the latest products, and the changing face of online casino marketing strategies.
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