The Second EGR B2B AwardsBy: Fabian Rictor, Thursday May 5th 2011
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The short list for the second EGR B2B Awards was announced in March 2011. Since then the nominees had been keeping their fingers crossed. The suspense was over on Tuesday May 3 when the awards were presented at a gala dinner at Chelsea Football Club in London on the first night of EGR Live, the free to attend exhibition and conference from eGaming Review. eGaming Review is a leading publication of the online gambling industry. It has constituted the B2B Awards to honor the achievements over the last year in online gambling services provided by businesses to other businesses in this field.
Two leading online gaming software providers that stole the show at the EGR B2B awards were Microgaming and Playtech. Microgaming was short listed in five categories and managed to win awards in two of them. One of these awards was for Innovation in Slot Provision. The judges stated that significant improvement in a tough vertical made Microgaming the stand-out winner in this category. Roger Raatgever, CEO at Microgaming commented on this award, "Innovation and independent thinking have been central to our growth since the company was founded over a decade ago." He congratulated the Microgaming team for keeping their products at "the cutting edge of the eGaming sector." The exact innovations were not specified but the feature that immediately comes to mind is the Cinematic Spins in the watershed slot game The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring released last year. The other award that Microgaming received was for the Poker Network of the Year.
Playtech was the most nominated operator with seven nominations. It also received two awards at the EGR B2B function. One of the most coveted awards is the RNG Casino Supplier of the Year and Playtech bagged this award. The second award won by Playtech was for the Bingo Network of the Year. The only other operator to win two awards was Dragonfish. It won awards for Bingo Supplier of the Year and Poker Software of the year. The other notable awards in the Software category were Innovation in RNG Software won by Net Entertainment and Slot Provider of the year won by IGT through its online gaming wing WagerWorks.
Several awards were given in the Services categories as well. Fraud prevention is an online gambling function whose importance cannot be overstated. Iovation won the award for Fraud and Compliance Solution of the Year. Another important service sector is payments solutions. The award for the Payments Company of the Year went to Skrill Holdings, which is better known in the online gambling industry by its earlier name Moneybookers. Regional payments solutions providers are gaining importance because of their greater ability to service local customers and the award in this category went to Moneta from Russia.
The EGR B2B ceremony was hosted by former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys in front of an audience of more than 500 guests.
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