iGaming Idol: Awarding the brilliant stars of 2019
23 outstanding individuals, leaders and companies have made the final cut for this year’s spectacular iGaming Idol, held on the 11th September at the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre in St Julian’s. Now in its fourth year, iGaming Idol has established itself as the premium awards event on the industry’s much acclaimed calendar.
Bringing together the crème de la crème of the iGaming sector, iGaming Idol’s unique concept seeks to recognise exceptional achievement by individuals within the industry who have, through their work or initiatives, excelled within their field of expertise, charity fund raising to benefit the greater community and top-notch entertainment. Idols are selected through a rigorous judging process, by an independent adjudicating panel made up of leading experts from within the industry itself.
Delivering another fabulous, star-studded night, this year’s edition of iGaming Idol was once again a unique celebration of extraordinary talent; a dazzling acknowledgement of the very driving force which propels the vibrant iGaming community. Choosing this year’s stars on the ascendant, from within an industry renowned for nurturing and fostering the most gifted individuals, is no mean feat, but like every other idol, 2019’s protagonists have distinguished themselves above and beyond…
Pierre Lindh, co-founder of iGaming Idol commented, “iGaming Idol 2019 was the celebration of the mutual understanding between the top organisations within the iGaming industry, that by promoting the pure talent that drives the organisations forward, and giving the employees a platform to be recognised for their hard work, we enable the entire industry to flourish. I’d like to congratulate all the worthy winners and finalists alike, as well as all the judges who chose the winners out of the more than 2000 nominees!”
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Idols of 2019…
Olga Finkel from WH Partners, was the first to garner the Hall of Fame Award, the second award went to Pontus Lindwall of Betsson Group, and Robin Reed, founder and former CEO of GiG won the third Hall of Fame award.
2019’s CEO of the Year award was won by Martin Carlesund from Evolution Gaming and Eman Pulis from SiGMA was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Industry. The Employer Branding of the Year award went to Kindred Group, and the Employer of the Year was awarded to Hero Gaming.
This year’s Account Manager Idol is Thomas Bijman of Catena Media, while George Farantzikos from NetEnt won the Casino Dealer Idol of the Year award. NetEnt’s Bryan Upton is 2019’s Casino Idol of the Year. Affiliate Manager Idol of the Year award went to Vera Panczyk from SuprNation. The Customer Service Idol of the Year award was won by Timo Thronicke from Videoslots while Design Idol of the Year went to Joseph Xerri from Genesis Global Limited.
The Compliance and Regulated Markets Idol of the Year award was won by Sara Condo of Jackpotjoy Group, and Jill Bergforth from Mr Green was crowned as the Copywriter Idol of the Year. The Developer Idol of the Year, a new category for 2019, was won by Jevon Demanuele of GiG.
The Fraud and Risk Idol of 2019 is Yan Grech from Jackpotjoy Group while Ashley-Christian Hardy of GiG won the Manager Idol of the year. Office Management Idol of the Year is Keith Caruana of Kindred Group and the Recruitment Idol of the Year award went to Martina Pugliesi of Catena Media. Lars Kollind of Playson Games is the new Sales Idol of the Year. The SEO Idol of the Year was awarded to Koen Bongers of Blexr. Kenneth Christiansen from LeoVegas Careers is 2019’s VIP Idol of the year.
Identifying and recognising excellence
In an industry as innovative and progressive as the iGaming sector, rewarding absolute excellence is not only justified but essential. Through its intricate processes, iGaming Idol seeks to recognise outstanding accomplishments, while offering the perfect backdrop for the industry to identify, celebrate and award its most gifted and accomplished idols.
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Terms and Conditions
By submitting the entry form to iGaming Idol, you understand and fully accept the following terms:
You can only enter the competition or nominate a colleague/friend the nominee who is:
Currently employed within an iGaming company based here in Malta
Either working for a gaming operator or working for a supplier to the iGaming industry, who’s revenue is solely derived from iGaming operators i.e. iGaming platform suppliers, game studios, iGaming recruitment agencies etc.
Lives the majority of the year in Malta i.e. Malta is their base
If your nomination is shortlisted, the next step is to meet the judges for your category. The date and time will be different for each of the categories and will be communicated as soon as the date is set with the judges. You will be expected to come and meet the judges at the Hilton hotel at a given day and time.
Unfortunately there is no option to reschedule such appointment, once given.
You must show up and register minimum 30 minutes before your appointment.
Failure to do so, will result in disqualification.
By entering into the iGaming Idol competition, you acknowledge, understand and accept that there may be pictures and video taken at any time. Such pictures and footage may be used for promotional purposes of iGaming Idol at any time at the sole discretion of iGaming Idol, even for future iGaming Idol events in the future. The rights and ownership of such footage and/or pictures belongs to and remains the sole property of iGaming Idol and no payment nor compensation will be given at any time.
The voting and judging is done fully by the selected judges in each category, under the supervision of our Audit Partner, BDO Malta. The selection of judges is done at the sole discretion of iGaming Idol management.
In the situation that a judge in a given category is too closely connected with a nominee in that same category, for example by working in the same company, that judge will not be allowed to participate in the voting process of that particular nominee.
iGaming Idol reserves the right to disqualify any nominee at our sole discretion, should their behaviour or attitude be offensive, aggressive or otherwise not follow what is regarded as accepted behaviour in society in general.