Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas Confirms 2019 Nominees

The Global Gaming Awards is the Emmys and the Oscars of the gambling world rolled into one.

Technically, there are two versions of the Global Gaming Awards – one in London and one in Las Vegas – but the Sin City edition is coming up. And the nominees have been confirmed.

Lead-In for G2E

The Global Gaming Expo, better known as G2E, happens annually in Las Vegas. It is a gathering of gaming industry professionals for networking and seminars. G2E also includes a massive expo hall full of gaming technologies and presentations from vendors in the industry.

The 2019 G2E will be at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas from October 14-17.

On the opening night, the Global Gaming Awards will put the leaders of the industry in the same ballroom for the sixth annual Las Vegas edition of the honors.

Gambling Insider is the power behind the Global Gaming Awards, and it is hosted in conjunction with G2E. The lead partner again this year is BetConstruct.

The KPMG Isle of Man oversees the nomination and voting process to ensure its integrity.

And the Nominees Are…Unknown

The shortlist of nominees was confirmed at the beginning of August, but the companies needed to be contacted before the names were turned over to the judges for analysis and voting.

The judges do have the shortlist now. The full list of nominees will not be released until this month. The winners will then be announced at the awards ceremony.

What we do know now is the list of categories.

  • Land-Based Operator
  • Land-Based Industry Supplier
  • Product Innovation
  • Digital Operator
  • Digital Industry Supplier
  • Slot Game
  • Land-Based Product
  • Customer Loyalty Program
  • Responsible Business
  • Digital Product
  • Property
  • American Executive

Industry Leaders as Judges

The judges for the Global Gaming Awards are a who’s who of the gaming industry in North America.

There are officially 100 judges listed on the Global Gaming Awards website. They range from Bill Miller (President and CEO of the American Gaming Association) to Adam Pliska (President and CEO of the World Poker Tour) and dozens in between.

New to the panel this year are the CEOs of Scientific Games, Interblock, William Hill US, and IGT North America.

Senior executives on the list of judges also represent companies like DraftKings, Rush Street Gaming, Hard Rock International, MGM Resorts, Paysafe Group, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming, GVC Group, Foxwoods, IGT, Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Microgaming, 888 Holdings, Caesars Entertainment, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, NetEnt, Playtech, Pinnacle Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts.

The list spans the gamut of the land-based and digital gaming worlds.

As noted by Gambling Insider COO Julian Perry, “To have 100 industry leaders devoting their valuable time to evaluate, research and express their views on the Awards makes me very grateful.”

Judging Process

The panel of judges will choose among the nominees in the 12 categories and cast a vote for first and second place. They will consider all aspects of the company as it pertains to the category of nomination, as well as the supporting statement provided by that company.

KPMG will tally the votes. In the case of a tie for the winning position of any category, the nominee with the most second-place votes (over and above the first-place votes) will win.

Any judge with a conflict of interest, as determined by the hosts of the Global Gaming Awards, will not have any input for that particular category.

Flashback to London

It was only in February of this year that the Global Gaming Awards London took place in the UK.

There were 16 categories in all. Some of the most coveted awards went to globally respected companies.

For example, LeoVegas won the Online Casino of the Year award, and that was the second year in a row for the industry leader.

Evolution Gaming won the Online Casino Supplier of the Year award for its live-dealer online casino games. It had finished in second place the year before, so the win was hard-earned.

NetEnt’s Jumanji online video slot game won the Casino Product of the Year. PokerStars was the Online Poker Operator of the Year, and Jackpotjoy took home the honors for Online Bingo Operator of the Year.

Some of the same operators will be up for awards at the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas this year, too. However, the categories and judging panels are unique, and there will be unique winners receiving accolades next month in Las Vegas.

For the Las Vegas nominees, Perry wishes them luck. “The eventual winners should be immensely proud, as these Awards are definitive proof that the industry, your peers and your customers regard your company as the best in the world in your particular category.”

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

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