LeoVegas aims to retain its Casino Operator of the Year award when the 2019 SBC Awards winners are announced, but in order to do so will have to see off some of the most innovative companies.
The winners in all 41 SBC Awards categories will be unveiled at a lavish ceremony at Battersea Evolution, London on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, in front of an audience of more than 700 online casino and sports betting industry professionals.
In 2018, LeoVegas took the inaugural Casino Operator of the Year title ahead of the widely commended Betsson Group for its efforts, and this year the pair will once again contend for the top prize.
Joining the Swedish duo on the shortlist for the award are GVC, Karamba, The Stars Group and Videoslots, as well as two companies that also landed nominations in the Casino Rising Star, CampeonBet and PlayOJO category.
Stewart Darkin, managing director of Casinobeats, said: “The standard of the Casino Operator of the Year shortlist is sensational and highlights the imagination, technical excellence and commitment to customer service of the sector leaders.
“There are some incredible statistics in the entries. Videoslots offers more than 3,800 slots and table games, while LeoVegas has implemented a technical infrastructure that allows it to cope with 10,000 concurrent players and 115,000 transactions a minute, and PlayOJO has achieved a 79 per cent increase in average monthly active players.
“Away from the numbers, the nominations also include operators who demonstrate exceptional creativity in their product offerings, have developed outstanding customer loyalty and retention programmes, and who have invested in platform and payments innovations to improve player experience.
“Our voters face a tough choice to decide whether LeoVegas retains its crown or one of the other worthy contenders walks away with the trophy.”
The shortlist for the coveted Leader of the Year award includes good casino industry participation, with both Alexander Stevendahl (Videoslots) and Jesper Svensson (Betsson Group) in contention.
The five-strong shortlist features Khalid Ali (Secretary General, International Betting Integrity Association), Charles Gillespie (Gambling.com Group) and Martin Wachter (Golden Race) from across the gambling industry.
Elsewhere, the Best Affiliate Program (Sports & Casino) shortlist contains a lot of big names that see reigning champion bet365 taking on 1xBet, Betsson Group affiliates Campeon Gaming Partners, Comeon! Connect, Kindred affiliates, King Billy Casino, LeoVegas, Mr Green and Novibet.
The Operator and Affiliate Awards winners will be chosen by the industry, with all participants able to vote at this year’s CasinoBeats Meeting, Betting on Sports and Betting on Football Conferences. Nonetheless, a panel of judges will vote on the Supplier Awards for their ability to identify the most industry-changing developments among the entries.
Please visit the SBC Awards website website to view the shortlists for all the awards.