Nominees for the 2023 iGaming Sword Awards
Get ready to meet the standouts of the iGaming world! We are excited to unveil the distinguished list of nominees for the 2023 iGaming Excellence Awards. Each nominee has been selected for their exceptional contribution to the industry, showcasing innovation, dedication, and excellence. Join us as we spotlight these industry leaders and prepare to celebrate their remarkable achievements in our upcoming awards digital ceremony.
Nominations for the iGaming Industry’s Finest
In the dynamic world of iGaming, recognizing and celebrating excellence is not just an event, but a mission critical to the industry’s ongoing growth and evolution. This year’s nominations embody our commitment to identifying and honoring the best of the best – those individuals, companies, and organizations that have not only achieved remarkable success but have also actively contributed to shaping the future of the iGaming landscape.
Each nominee stands as a beacon of innovation, leadership, and exemplary performance, having been meticulously selected for their outstanding contributions. These nominations reflect our dedication to supporting excellence in all facets of the industry, from technological advancements and creative marketing strategies to responsible gaming and visionary leadership. As we spotlight these distinguished achievers, we not only celebrate their individual and collective successes but also reinforce our commitment to fostering a thriving, progressive, and responsible iGaming industry for the future.
Company of the Year
In the spotlight for the prestigious “Company of the Year” category, we are proud to announce a lineup of extraordinary nominees, each demonstrating exemplary performance and innovation in the iGaming sector.
- Soft2Bet: A dynamic force in the industry, Soft2Bet has carved out a reputation for its innovative approach and robust platform solutions. Their commitment to delivering engaging gaming experiences and their ability to adapt to market needs has set them apart as a leader in the field. Soft2Bet, in the iGaming industry, stands as a remarkable example of rapid growth and development, fueled by strong leadership of Uri Poliavich and a clear vision for the future. Since its inception, Soft2Bet has evolved swiftly, marking its presence as a leading operator and provider in the competitive iGaming landscape.
- Playtech: As a veteran in the industry, Playtech continues to lead with its cutting-edge technology and expansive product portfolio. Their relentless pursuit of excellence and their ability to consistently deliver high-quality, engaging content and platforms have made them a favorite among operators and players alike.
- Entain: Known for its diverse portfolio and commitment to responsible gaming, Entain has established itself as a powerhouse in the iGaming industry. Their approach to integrating technology with user safety and satisfaction has been instrumental in shaping the future of online gaming. Entain in 2023 showed off some spectuclar M&A’s such as STS and Maxbet which will allow them to grow even faster in the operator market in the CEE zone. In turn, deals such as Angstrom will allow them to better optimise the business
- GiG (Gaming Innovation Group): A name synonymous with innovation and growth in the iGaming world, GiG has made significant strides with its state-of-the-art platforms and services. Their focus on creating sustainable iGaming experiences has not only earned them accolades but also a loyal following in the industry. The company looks at the industry in a multi-faceted way – they are growing both their service and affiliate part of the business, where they are growing into one of the leaders in this aspect through smart acquisitions of assets such as Ask Gamblers from Catena Media and KaFe Rocks.
- Softconstruct: SoftConstruct has carved out a distinguished place in the iGaming industry. This recognition comes as a testament to their pioneering spirit and exceptional service offerings. Renowned for their innovative approach, SoftConstruct provides a comprehensive range of gaming and betting solutions, blending advanced technology with intuitive design to cater to both operators and players. Softconstruct’s strength is its vision of development and a real interest in influencing the reality of igaming. Softconstruct’s products form a package that can be used by the company’s customers for their own growth.
- Digitain: Digitain’s platform excels in offering a comprehensive suite of sports betting and casino solutions, marked by its flexibility, scalability, and ease of integration. Their commitment to innovation is evident in their continuous enhancement of gaming products, tailored to meet the evolving needs of the market.
Each of these nominees has made remarkable contributions to the iGaming sector, setting new benchmarks and driving the industry towards a more innovative and sustainable future. We eagerly anticipate celebrating the winner, who will undoubtedly be a true emblem of excellence in our dynamic industry.
Online Casino Operator of the Year
As we approach the climax of the iGaming Excellence Awards, we are thrilled to present our esteemed nominees for the “Online Casino Operator of the Year.” Each of these operators has redefined the player experience with their innovative approach and dedication to quality.
- LeoVegas: With its player-centric approach and a vast array of games, LeoVegas stands out for its exceptional user experience and mobile-first strategy. Their commitment to innovation and providing a seamless gaming experience has rightly earned them a spot among the top contenders.
- Holland Casino: A renowned name in the industry, Holland Casino has successfully transitioned into the online sphere, bringing with it a legacy of trust and quality. Their online platform mirrors the sophistication and variety of their land-based operations, offering players a comprehensive and engaging experience.
- PokerStars: A giant in the world of online poker, PokerStars has expanded its repertoire to include an impressive selection of casino games. Known for its robust platform and competitive gameplay, PokerStars continues to attract and captivate players globally.
- FanDuel: Originally one of a leader in sports betting, FanDuel has made significant strides in the online casino sector. Their platform is renowned for its user-friendly interface and diverse gaming options, making it a popular choice among players seeking an integrated betting and casino experience.
- Apuesta Total: Making waves in the industry, Apuesta Total has quickly become a favorite for its dynamic gaming environment and commitment to customer satisfaction. Their growth and the adaptability to changing market trends have been remarkable, marking them as a rising star in the igaming world.
- Betano: Known for its innovative features and customer-focused services, Betano has established itself as a strong player in the online market. Their platform, characterized by a wide range of widgets and user-centric design, has garnered a loyal player base and industry recognition.
Each of these operators has demonstrated excellence in the online casino sector, offering unparalleled experiences to players while pushing the boundaries of innovation and service. As we gear up to honor the best in the industry, these nominees stand as a testament to the vibrant and evolving world of online gaming.
Sportsbook Operator of the Year
This year’s iGaming Excellence Awards are set to recognize the standout names in sports betting with the “Global Sportsbook Operator of the Year” category. Each nominee has not only dominated the market but also revolutionized the world of sports betting through innovation and superior service.
- Bet365: A titan in the global sports betting arena, Bet365 is renowned for its extensive betting options, live streaming services, and user-friendly platform. Their commitment to providing a comprehensive and engaging betting experience has established them as a leader in the industry.
- Codere: A key player with a significant presence in multiple markets, Codere stands out for its localized approach and wide range of betting options. They have skillfully blended regional preferences with a global vision, offering a tailored and dynamic betting experience to a diverse customer base.
- 1xBET: Known for its expansive betting markets and competitive odds, 1xBET has rapidly grown into a global sports betting powerhouse. Their platform offers an impressive array of sports, live betting options, and innovative features, catering to a wide spectrum of bettors.
- Betano: Rising to prominence with its user-centric approach and technological innovation, Betano has made a remarkable impact in the sports betting sector. Their focus on delivering a seamless and engaging betting experience, backed by robust technology and intuitive design, has garnered them a loyal following.
Each nominee has not only excelled in providing top-tier sports betting services but has also contributed to the growth and evolution of the global sports betting landscape. As we draw closer to the awards ceremony, these operators stand as pillars of excellence, each with their own unique impact on the world of sports betting.
CEE Operator of the Year
In the vibrant and competitive Central and Eastern European (CEE) iGaming market, this year’s nominees for the “CEE Operator of the Year” stand out for their exceptional service, innovative offerings, and deep understanding of local markets. Each nominee has made significant contributions to the iGaming industry in the CEE region.
- Superbet: Known for its robust sports betting platform offerings, Superbet has established a strong presence in the CEE market. Their commitment to innovation, coupled with a deep understanding of local preferences, has made them a top choice among regional players. In the competitive arena of Central and Eastern European iGaming, Superbet has emerged as a formidable force, exemplifying remarkable growth, particularly in the Polish market. Nominated for “CEE Operator of the Year,” Superbet has successfully established itself as the second-largest online operator in Poland, showcasing a strategic expansion and deep market penetration. Not long ago, Superbet expanded its operations into Serbia, marking another significant stride in their growth strategy, with plans to enter more local markets in the near future.
- Mozzartbet: A key player in the CEE region, Mozzartbet excels in providing a comprehensive sports betting and gaming experience. Their focus on customer satisfaction, alongside a wide array of betting options and user-friendly platform, has earned them significant acclaim. Mozzartbet has a keen insight into what local players desire, a fact underscored by their successful expansion and the growing number of operations in CEE countries such as Bosnia, Romania, Serbia, and Croatia
- Maxbet: With its dynamic online presence and commitment to high-quality gaming experiences, Maxbet has become a household name in the CEE iGaming industry. They have skillfully blended a wide range of games with localized service, catering effectively to the regional audience. The recent merger and acquisition of MaxBet by Entain has set the stage for heightened expectations within the iGaming industry. This strategic move is anticipated to unlock greater synergies with Entain’s broader group, leveraging their extensive resources and expertise. The integration promises to enhance MaxBet’s operational efficiencies, market reach, and overall competitive edge, signaling a new era of growth and innovation for the company
- Meridianbet: Meridianbet has made a mark in the CEE market with its innovative approach to sports betting and casino gaming. Their platform is renowned for its user engagement, diverse gaming options, and a strong focus on customer experience.
- Supersport: A leading operator in Croatia, Supersport has excelled in delivering top-tier sports betting experiences. Their dedication to providing an extensive range of betting markets, along with advanced betting features, places them at the forefront of the regional market.
- Betano: Betano has excelled in offering a diverse and engaging range of gaming options, including sports betting, casino games, and live betting experiences. Their platform is known for its user-friendly interface, cutting-edge technology, and reliable customer service, all crucial factors in appealing to the CEE market’s diverse and growing customer base.
- Fortuna: As one of the established names in the CEE gaming sector, Fortuna is recognized for its comprehensive betting offerings and strong customer focus. Their continued growth and adaptation to market trends have solidified their position as a key player in the region.
These nominees have not only demonstrated excellence in their operations but have also played a pivotal role in shaping the iGaming landscape in Central and Eastern Europe. Their commitment to quality, innovation, and understanding of the unique CEE market dynamics makes them deserving contenders for the CEE Operator of the Year.