SiGMA is one of the most expected iGaming events that gather thousands of attendees. This year’s gaming festival was quite loud in the online media space. If you did not catch the chance to attend SiGMA Europe and Awards ceremony on November 17-18 this year, find the detailed review of the event by GBC-Time below.
SiGMA has been growing for recent years so rapidly. Nowadays, the SiGMA’s audience is large that includes various sectors of the industry:
- 30% operators;
- 28% suppliers;
- 8% affiliates;
- 10% payments;
- 4% startups;
- 4% of regulators;
- 8% of media;
- 8% of investors.
This event has become popular also thanks to the variety of the target segments, such as affiliates, esports, iGaming, sports betting, and much more.
In November 2022, the attendees got a chance to expand their professional contact list while spending time in sunny Malta.
SiGMA Awards has also become one of the prestigious awards in the gaming industry. This is also a long process with multiple stages that went on throughout the year:
- First of all, SiGMA officially announces the list of nominates in each category;
- In five months, the audience is able to vote for their favorites;
So, recently, on 17 and 18 November, the industry finally found out the best of the best in 2022.
The list of winners is huge, but here are some of them in different categories:
- Pragramatic Play– Online casino operator of the year;
- CSB Group – Sportsbook operator of the year;
- PUSH Gaming – Rising star operator of the year;
- Japan Solutions – Live casino provider of the year;
- NUX Game – Unique selling point of the year;
- Evoplay – Crypto casino of the year;
- Gamzix – The best crash game
- AleaPlay – Online slots & RNG provider of the year;
- Gypsy – Affiliate of the year;
- StakeLogic – The affiliate program of the year.
Source: yogonet.com (Betsson)
How SiGMA selects the nominees selected for the Awards?
According to the official SiGMA Europe website, anyone in the gambling industry has a chance to be nominated. Talking about the judgemental process, the winner is selected through the voting system:
- 70% of the judges' votes;
- 30% of the public votes.
Some of the SiGMA Europe attendees shared their thoughts on this year’s award results.
Alexis Vicen “The SiGMA awards are probably more transparent than many others”
Alexis Wicén, CEO and Founder of Unibo and Scatters, said:
“The event is just amazing. I have been to SiGMA Malta every year since its inauguration in 2014, and each year I am astonished at how they can grow even bigger. Growth always comes with growing pains there are definitely things they can make even better next year.”
Alexis has also shared his view on the nominations for this year.
“The SiGMA Awards are a fun event for all involved parties to celebrate the already successful and up-and-coming companies and employees. Just like SiGMA, it is growing every year, and if anything, I wonder if they will need two nights next year to be able to have time to give away all the awards. Whether Nominations, Shortlists, and the final winners in each category were fairly chosen is impossible to know. I think the Nominations were open to anyone who wanted to put their name forward and there was external voting allowed, so to some extent, the SiGMA awards are probably more transparent than many other industry awards, whether in iGaming or in any industry,” – he said.
Simon Vincze “I do not know how the judging process works”
However, it seems like not all of the attendees did not catch how some of the winners achieved victory this year.
Šimon Vincze, Sustainable & Safer Gambling Lead at Casino Guru, said, “I have never attended the gala and we [Casino Guru] were nominated last year but did not win. I wondered why the winner won and was not able to find out, but perhaps I missed something. I do not know how the judging process works either.”
Mark Grech “We need more focus on emerging tech”
IGaming expert and web3 advisor Mark Grech did not attend the Award’s event this year. However, he has some vision of what focus is better for the whole industry.
“Year after year the event is improving and adding more valuable content and agendas, though I believe we need more focus on emerging tech, and educating the iGaming industry about what opportunities are waiting for them,” – he said.
He also added:
“The show was an interesting and fulfilling week, variety of businesses, and interesting agendas and panels. Insightful attendees and good connections.”
SiGMA is a prominent event in the iGaming world, which gathers together by thousands of experts in different niches. As seen from the attendees’ comments, the event itself was the one to remember.
In November 2023, SiGMA Plans to host a new iGaming awards event.
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