iGaming North America Award Winners Announced

7 April 2016

After a hugely successful launch in 2015 the iGaming North America 2016 awards were presented during a prestigious ceremony on the third day of the iGaming North America Conference to a crowd of industry executives.

The awards are unique in iGaming as they are are run on a non commercial basis and by multiple companies in the gaming space which includes iGaming Business, The Innovation Group, eGaming Brokerage,  Lewis Roca Rothberger and BolaVerde Media Group which ensures fairness and independence within the process.

 

A full list of nominees, winners and judge's comments are below:

Best Social Gaming Operator

Nominees:

  • DoubleDown Casino
  • GAN
  • MyVegas
  • Playtika
  • Rocket Games
  • Ruby Seven Studios
  • Zynga

WINNER: MyVegas

The judges were extremely impressed with the growth of MyVegas over the last 12 months across a number of metrics from acquisition to conversion and retention. Their innovative use of marketing channels and driving brand strength through real world events with their partners all help to make MyVegas the Social Gaming Operator of 2016.

Best Payments System

Nominees:

  • Neteller (paysafe)
  • PayNearMe
  • Paypal
  • Sightline Payments
  • Vantiv

WINNER: Sightline Payments

For a second year running the judges have decorated Sightline Payments with this prestigious award. The judges agreed that Sightline have solved real and significant gaming specific challenges with a genuinely innovative product that works within the rules so players can deposit with legitimate licensed sites. They felt their solution was truly unique and solution focused in terms of development.

Best Fantasy Sports Provider

Nominees:

  • DraftKings
  • DraftDay
  • FanDuel
  • Star Fantasy Leagues

WINNER: Star Fantasy Leagues

Star Fantasy Leagues is one of the earliest entrants to the market and has shown that its technology is highly reliable and constantly evolving. The judges were impressed with their approach to scalable and flexible technological development and their pragmatic approach to iGaming, regulation and public relations.

Best Platform Supplier

Nominees:

  • Flower City Gaming (Star Fantasy Leagues)
  • GAN
  • IGT
  • Income Access
  • NYX Gaming Group
  • Scientific Games Lottery
  • Neteller (paysafe)

WINNER: NYX Gaming Group

The judges agreed the success NYX had with Resorts and Golden Nugget in New Jersey itself justifies them winning this award however their success goes well beyond this. Their commitment to the US iGaming market is unparalleled and they have truly deepened their proposition and market share in North American iGaming through innovation, investment and commitment to delivering a high quality offering.

Best Innovation in North American 

Nominees:

  • Flower City Gaming (Star Fantasy Leagues)
  • DraftDay
  • Fast Fantasy
  • GeoComply
  • Phrazzing Games
  • Spin Games/Respin LLC
  • Traffic Generation

WINNER: Spin Games/Respin LLC

Judges were impressed how Spin Games had merged the mobile and land based worlds within the boundaries of regulation driving both a disruptive and innovative product. They felt the product was ideal for millennial users that are comfortable with multitasking with their devices while on-property which is key for future growth.

Best Marketing Campaign

Nominees:

  • Borgata
  • Draftkings
  • Golden Nugget Online Casino
  • Mohegan iGaming
  • Resorts iGaming
  • Tropicana/Virgin

Special Recognition: Tropicana/Virgin

WINNER: Resorts iGaming

From a standing start Resorts have grown rapidly in the NJ market reducing the gap from the established competitors through original, creative and innovative campaigns. The judges were particularly impressed with their “Where the Winners Play” campaign which moved away from a games and brand approach and as a result drove blended CPAs that surpassed the industry averages by more than 30%

Operator of the Year

Nominees:

  • Borgata
  • Caesars Interactive
  • Draftkings
  • Golden Nugget Online Casino
  • Pala
  • Resorts iGaming
  • Tropicana/Virgin

WINNER: Golden Nugget Online Casino

The Judges have awarded Golden Nugget Online Casino for a second year running after extremely strong growth in the last 12 months with online growth outstripping their offline growth. They were particularly impressed with the investments that have been made in improving the product range, user experiences and marketing making it the number one iGaming operator in North America.

 Congratulations again to all the winners!