Fierce bidding and surprise wins start SiGMA Malta in style
The Malta Gaming Awards brought glitz and glamour to the official launch of SiGMA 2019 at the elegant Hilton hotel in St. Julian's, with an evening of fine dining and entertainment. Presented by SiGMA’s own Jessica Walker and Jon Thompson, the evening kicked off with a heartfelt speech from SiGMA Group Chief Philanthropy Officer Keith Marshall.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, it’s that if you want something badly enough you need to reach out and grab it. I’m here to ask each and every one of you to come forward and form an army - an army of justice. This is life. This is not a dress rehearsal - let’s make it count,” he implored the crowd.
Following a round of awards to deserving luminaries of the industry, a charity auction closed the evening, with a number of generously donated art works, luxury cigars and Japanese whiskey going under the hammer - all in aid of the SiGMA Foundation. Amongst the items were an intriguing painting, UMA Abstract, by notable Maltese artist Mark Mallia and UMA (the artificial intelligence), a calming beach landscape called Harmony by Alla Alamango, a triptych from German graffiti artist Reuven Shockner, an oil painting called The Spades by Natalia Leanca, a bottle of 21 year old pure malt Taketsuru whiskey, and a box of rare cigars - both donated by Capt. A. Caruana Cigar Merchants.
The evening’s winners:
Online casino of the year - Kindred
Slot game of the year - Larry the Leprechaun
Asian product of the year - InplayMatrix
Affiliate software of the year - MyAffiliates
Affiliate network of the year - Matching Visions
Asian live dealer of the year - eBet
Affiliate program of the year - Betsson Group
Asian slots provider of the year - Ameba
Asian platform provider of the year - SA Gaming
Media agency of the year - Calvin Ayre
Tokenised gaming asset of the year - G8C
Training service provider of the year - iGaming Academy
Payments provider of the year - Trustly
Legal firm of the year - WH Partners
Fastest growing white label of the year - Cashmio
Instant win of the year - Hacksaw
Crypto payments solution of the year - Crytopay
Corporate social responsibility of the year - Skywind
Hosting services of the year - Continent 8
Tokenised casino game of the year - Lucky.io
Trustly Pay and Play of the year - Hero gaming
East meets West: consultancy of the year - SMP
Multi channel provider of the year - Singular
Mobile gaming provider of the year - Play n Go
Game vendor of the year - Pragmatic Play
Sportsbook operator of the year - William Hill
Innovator of the year - Videoslots
Multi-product provider of the year - Inplaynet
Sportsbook Affiliate of the year - Better Collective
B2B platform of the year - BetConstruct
Casino affiliate of the year - Blexr
Outstanding contribution to the industry - Michael Caselli
The Foundation is the charitable arm of SiGMA Group, reflecting the company’s commitment to supporting those in need around the world with fund-raising activities. The foundation will focus on collecting funds for a number of similar projects in Ethiopia, where an upcoming project to finance the construction of a primary school will now fall under SiGMA Foundation’s patronage.
The Philippines will also factor into the foundation’s plans with the implementation of a solar power system to benefit remote locations and improve surrounding amenities.
Closer to home, SiGMA Foundation will look at social responsibility in Malta, with the intention of creating a social arm for the local scene, primarily addressing loneliness.
Tomorrow morning kicks off the summit with conferences on regulation, compliance, blockchain and Bitcoin SV, a series of workshops, and an impressive looking expo floor jam packed with stands from the best brands in the industry.
Follow the SiGMA social media channels for live updates throughout the day.
The next SiGMA – World’s iGaming Village show takes place tomorrow between 27th and 29th November 2019. Visit our website to reserve Delegate and Affiliate Passes. You can also choose Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities.