What is iGaming Idol?

It is a premium award show created to recognize top talent in the iGaming industry in Malta.
iGaming Idol is built on three pillars:

  • Recognition of individuals
  • Charity
  • Entertainment

How is iGaming Idol different from other award shows in the industry?

It is a unique award show in a number of ways:

  • It’s the first award show in the iGaming industry to exclusively recognize individuals, not companies or projects, which is open to all genders and with its categories covering almost all parts of a typical online gaming operation.
  • It’s the first award show in the industry, were nominees will have to prove themselves in front of a panel of judges.
  • iGaming Idol nomination and judging process is audited by a 3rd party (BDO Malta) to ensure highest level of integrity

Who is the target audience for iGaming Idol?

iGaming Idol is first and foremost for talented employees of online gaming operators and suppliers who believe they have what it takes to become an iGaming Idol. It is also an award show, were you can nominate a colleague or manager if you think this person deserves the recognition of iGaming Idol.

It’s definitely also an event were companies in the industry can join as a sponsor and get premium exposure towards the top talent in the industry, not to mention the pride and bragging rights should an employee win and become an iGaming Idol.

When and where will iGaming Idol take place?

The Gala Dinner and Award Show will take place Tuesday 26th September 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Grandmaster Suite.

Do you support charity?

Yes. Charity is one of the pillars on which the awards are built. For the 2017 show, iGaming Idol will again be supporting the Malta Community Chest Fund.

How did you come up with the idea?

iGaming Idol was the invention of Michael Pedersen, who was inspired by an award show broadcasted in the UK by BBC, called “Phone Shop Idol”. The concept was to find the top sales person within the mobile phone industry in the UK, employing more than 25,000 individuals, through a series of tests and challenges in front of an expert panel.

Michael was sure this concept could transfer very well and fill a gap in the iGaming industry – a premium award show focusing on outstanding individuals, were most other award shows focus on Company achievements.

The most common approach for an award show in the iGaming industry consists of a number of nominations, which a panel of judges reviews to find the winner, without any personal interaction with the nominee. This is where iGaming Idol is different. Apart from just submitting a nomination, a shortlist of nominees will also have to appear in front of a panel of judges. In brief, the shortlisted nominees also have to prove themselves to become a finalist and be part of the actual Awards.

Who is organising iGaming Idol?

iGaming Idol is organised by iGaming Idol Ltd, which is a joint venture between Michael Pedersen, MiGS Ltd, Ramona Mifsud and Ambassador Events Ltd.

Who can become an iGaming Idol?

Any individual who is currently employed within the iGaming industry, meaning within a Company that operates an online website offering gambling services, such as sports, casino, poker, bingo etc. or a supplier to the iGaming industry, to whom iGaming operators are the sole source of revenue.

How do you enter the competition?

Simply choose the category you wish to enter and submit a nomination here:

Nominate an Idol

Can I enter myself into the competition?

Yes. You can enter yourself and/or another individual who works for an iGaming operator or supplier.

Nominate an Idol

What are the categories?

For iGaming Idol 2017, there are 16 categories in total, which can be found here

What is the criteria to win a category?

In order to select a winner in each category, the judges will be looking for individuals who excel in the following 4 criteria, within the category chosen:

  • Understands the theory of your area of expertise
  • Understands the “big picture” and how your role/function adds value to the organisation
  • Able to give examples of improvements within your area, which was initiated by you
  • Have a general interest and up-to-date knowledge of the industry in general and hot topics within your area

How do you select a winner?

The process works as follows:

  • Step 1 – Nomination
    • Judges review all nominations and shortlist to a maximum of 10 individuals per category.
    • The top 10 finalists per category will be published to igamingidol.com
  • Step 2 – Meet the Judges
    • The top 10 finalists in each category will be invited to meet the judges in person.
    • Each finalist will have 10 minutes to answer any questions the judges may have.
    • Following this round, the judges will shortlist to the top 3 finalists per category.
  • Step 3 – The Awards
    • The top 3 in each category will be invited to the Awards.
    • The winner will be announced within each category.

Who are the judges?

The judges are experts within their area and currently employed with an iGaming operator or supplier. The chosen judges will be revealed in due course.

Why do you have an Audit Partner?

To create a premium award show, high integrity is a must. Therefore, the judging/voting side of iGaming Idol is completely separate from the commercial/sponsorship side. To ensure all judging and voting is done in a fair and prudent way, we have also partnered with a 3rd party Audit Partner to validate all results, namely BDO Malta.

BDO will oversee the judging process and a representative will be present whenever judging/voting takes place. BDO will collect all voting cards, count the votes and deliver a sealed envelope containing the final verdict at the Awards.

To create high integrity, a judge cannot participate in the voting process if a nominee works within the same Company.

Is it still possible to become a sponsor?

Yes, there are still some excellent sponsorship opportunities available. If you would like your Company exposed to the top talent on the island, please contact sales@igamingidol.com for more information.

The Awards – What is it all about?

The Award night itself will not only be about revealing the winners, but also about having a great evening in the stunning Grandmaster’s Suite at The Hilton. Enjoy an outstanding Gala dinner with your colleagues/friends and if you are up for it, join the after-party.
It is a prestigious evening with Gala Dinner and a dress code to match.

Who can attend the Awards show itself?

Anyone that works within, or is a supplier to the iGaming industry can attend the Awards.

How can you buy tables or tickets for the Award show?

There are a limited amount of tables and tickets available, which will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Contact us for more information.

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Will there be an After Party?

Yes. There will an After Party to finish of the evening in style and celebrate the winners.

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