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SBC Reveals Shortlists for Game Developer Awards, Recognising Top Industry Talent



SBC Reveals Shortlists for Game Developer Awards, Recognising Top Industry Talent
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SBC is thrilled to announce that the shortlists, recognising and celebrating the game development studios and teams behind the industry’s most successful titles, for the prestigious CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards are now in.

Relax Gaming leads the pack with an impressive ten nominations across multiple categories. ELK Studios follows with six nominations, while Blueprint Gaming and Light & Wonder make a strong showing, boasting five nominations each.

The awards ceremony, which takes place during the CasinoBeats Summit conference and exhibition, will take place at the InterContinental Hotel on 25 May. The lavish event will be attended by 400 guests and presented by Trudy Kerr.

The ‘Streamer of the Year’ category, which recognises the rising importance of streamers who, with their influential presence, shape the landscape of the industry, saw the shortlist narrowed down to ten remarkable streamers: Brian Christopher, CasinoDaddy, Chipmonkz, Juicy_Spins, Kim Hultman, Roshtein, SlotsMarko, Trainwreckstv, William Barnes (Hideous Slots), and xQc.

The Game Performance categories, which were not open for nominations, saw a highly-contested Slot of the Year category with ten shortlisted entries, including two entries (Cowboy Coins and Down the Rails) from last year’s winner, Pragmatic Play. Relax Gaming is poised to challenge Pragmatic Play’s dominance with two entries of their own – Dead Riders Trail and Money Train 3, in hopes of claiming the coveted title.

In the Best Studio Debut Game category, four exciting slots will compete for the top spot, including Mustang Freedom by Barbara Bang, Dog Days by Nailed It! Games, Wildfire West by Rogue, and Barti’s Treasure by Wild Gaming.

In the Slot Legacy Title category, three titles from Blueprint Gaming (Deal or No Deal, Fishin Frenzy, Ted) and two from NetEnt (Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst) have been shortlisted, competing against five other established titles. Meanwhile, the Slot Collaboration of the Year category will feature a total of six contenders, and in the Slot to Watch category, three out of nine shortlisted titles are from Relax Gaming (Cluster Tumble Dream Drop, Money Train 4, and Money Train Origins Dream Drop).

The shortlisted companies for the Game Innovation Spotlight Award will have the opportunity to showcase their games at the CasinoBeats Summit’s Game Innovation Stage on the exhibition floor and pitch their games to a panel of esteemed judges. Among the entries are games from renowned companies such as Caleta Gaming, ELK Studios, Wazdan, Vibra Gaming, and many others.

In the six Game Creation categories that were open for nominations, Blue Guru Games has been shortlisted for two categories, including Game Music/Soundtrack with two entries, and Game Retro-style with one entry. ELK Studios has been nominated for Game Design and Art Direction, Game Mechanic of the Year, Game Music/Soundtrack, and Game Retro-style. Hacksaw Gaming has been shortlisted for three categories, including Game Design & Art Direction, Game Mechanic of the Year, and Game Music/Soundtrack. Relax Gaming has been nominated for four categories, including Game Design & Art Direction, Game Feature of the Year, Game Music/Soundtrack, and Game Retro-style. Swintt has been shortlisted for three categories, including Game Feature of the Year, Game Licensed Content, and Game Music/Soundtrack.

In the Game People categories that were also open for nominations, the list of talented individuals who have been shortlisted in their respective categories – Product Manager, Game Designer, Game Composer – for their notable contributions to the game industry can be accessed on the dedicated website.

Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of the event organiser SBC, said: “I am thrilled that this year we’ve added three Game People categories to the Game Developer Awards for the first time ever. It’s a fantastic opportunity to not only celebrate the best studios and titles in the business but also the amazing people who make it all happen. Can’t wait for the ceremony and want to give a big shoutout to all our sponsors for their support in making this night one filled with celebrations and positive vibes. Congratulations to all the shortlisted companies and individuals!”


EGT Digital’s X-Nave Won the “Online Platform of the Year” Prize from BEGE Awards 2023



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EGT Digital’s iGaming platform X-Nave was acknowledged as “Online platform of the year” from the 2023 edition of the BEGE Awards. The competition traditionally accompanies the BEGE Expo show and the EEGS conference and this year gave awards in a total of 22 categories, covering both land-based and digital aspects of the gaming industry.

EGT Digital’s in-house developed “all-in-one“ betting platform earned the prize, as it offers the technology and tools needed for a successful and competitive iGaming business to be built and maintained. X-Nave contains 4 main modules: CRM Engine, Sport product, Gaming aggregator and Payment Gateway.

The CRM Engine provides a wide range of player management tools and bonus features, through which casino managers are able to extend player sessions, increase reactivation, boost retention and reduce bonus costs.

The Sport product includes competitive sports and e-sports coverage, virtual gaming, real-time and reliable betting data, an unrivaled number of markets, and industry-leading accuracy.

X-Nave’s Gaming aggregator gives access to over 7 000 games across more than 100 providers and enables instant revenue, operations and game offering boost. Its advanced integrated bonus features are a guarantee for endless entertainment, and the seamless integration ensures top performance and unforgettable experience for the players.

The Payment Gateway includes live reporting and monitoring, transaction and fee management, as well as an advanced rule engine for maximum efficiency and simple payment processing.

Each one of X-Nave’s modules can be both part of the complete solution or operate separately as they are able to be integrated with developments of third-party providers, which makes the platform a very flexible solution.

Vladimir Dokov, CEO of EGT Digital, said: “X-Nave is designed to perform the best possible way so we can provide our customers and partners with the best product and the “Online platform of the year” award is а recognition that we successfully cope with this task.”

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Huawei Announces Winners of AppGallery Editors’ Choice Awards 2023



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Huawei has announced the winners of the AppGallery Editors’ Choice Awards 2023.

Marking the fourth successful year of this prestigious award, it recognises those that have significantly influenced users’ lives, and achieved success in revenue generation through business collaborations, including Petal Ads and cross-services growth solutions.

The annual award span two categories – Best Games and Best Apps, with further subcategories in each, with winners selected by Huawei’s expert country editor teams across Europe.

“AppGallery Editors’ Choice Awards 2023 is our yearly testimony to celebrate excellence in the mobile app and gaming ecosystem. This year, we have paid special attention to categories with deeper values than ‘top grossing’, such as ‘Family Friendly’, among other. The amazing developers have not only entertained and engaged a global audience with best-in-class content, but also enhanced users’ daily digital lives through joy, convenience and innovation,” Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Huawei Mobile Services in Europe, said.

Highlighting the best of AppGallery this year, “PUBG MOBILE” has been honoured as the “Best Game”, a testament to its groundbreaking battle royale gameplay and immersive mobile gaming experience. The game sets a high bar for what mobile games can achieve in terms of engagement and innovation.

As for “Best Apps”, Capcut, Badoo, and Adidas Runtastic stand out for their innovation. Capcut transforms mobile video editing, Badoo redefines online dating with user-focused features, while Adidas Runtastic offers an engaging fitness tracking experience.

AppGallery Editors’ Choice Awards 2023 reflect Huawei’s ongoing dedication to supporting and promoting innovation within the mobile app and gaming industry by recognising developer’s achievements.

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Casino Guru Awards Judges Gathered to Shape the Future of Online Gaming Excellence



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The prestigious Casino Guru Awards recently hosted a pivotal gathering in Bratislava on November 30 and December 1, bringing together an esteemed panel of global judges. This crucial event was designed to facilitate in-depth interviews with shortlisted companies and comprehensive discussions on the supporting materials provided by the contenders. In all categories, the judges had more than 30 video calls with the shortlists, marking the format a resounding success.

The Casino Guru Awards’ judging process is characterized by a meticulous examination of strong and convincing arguments presented by the companies. Judges, hailing from diverse locations, underwent a series of online calls and discussion sessions, delving deeper into the reasons why particular companies deserve recognition as industry leaders.

This hands-on approach not only enhances transparency but also allows for a more personal and detail-oriented assessment, ensuring that the most deserving candidates emerge as winners.

The seven categories under scrutiny during the gathering included:

The Fairest Bonus Policy

The Fairest General T&Cs

The Most Impactful Social Responsibility Initiative

The Best Implementation of RG Tools

The Most Transparent Casino

The Most Effective Handling of Complaints

The Most Ethical Approach to Marketing

In a unique turn of events, the judges unfortunately could not attend the gathering for “The Most Ethical Approach to Marketing.” However, this category will proceed fully online at the beginning of December, allowing the panel to thoroughly assess and evaluate the contenders remotely.

“The awards aim to celebrate the tireless efforts of the industry’s most dedicated and responsible professionals, providing them with the recognition they truly deserve. With judges from Casino Guru and experts from other industry companies and organizations present, both physically and online, the event promises a comprehensive evaluation process,” commented Daniela Sliva, the project owner of the Casino Guru Awards.

As the February online awarding ceremony approaches, the judges are expected to finalize the winners by the end of the year through an anonymous vote. Further details about the Casino Guru Awards gathering, along with insights from the judges, will be shared in the coming days.

In addition to calls with shortlist candidates, during the Casino Guru Awards Gathering, various content was created on Casino Guru social networks and news platforms. Relationships were built, and now the hardest part lies with the judges – to decide which of the excellent contenders has made the final cut.

The judges will take their due time and decide fairly in picking the winners of each category. They have praised the evaluation process that Casino Guru has implemented, leading to detailed verification of the information in all categories, the opportunity to contact casino representatives on calls, and not least – appreciate the effort, preparation, and overall willingness of nominees to participate in this exciting, transparent and ultimately challenging manner of awarding accolades within the industry. The entire Casino Guru Awards project has been built and executed with the idea of serving the end-users.

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