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Skywind Group

Skywind Group

2020 Gaming Intelligence One to Watch Supplier

Skywind Group rocketed into regulated markets in 2019, with a momentum rarely seen even in this industry.

The progress made during the past year is phenomenal. Skywind secured six licences in the UK, Malta, Spain, Romania, Alderney and Gibraltar. In addition, it has certified its games and entered Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden and Portugal.

During 2019, Skywind Group struck deals with the likes of 888, bwin-party, The Stars Group, Kindred, Snai, LadbrokesCoral, Gala, Superbet, Caliente, VideoSlots, Sportingbet, Eurobet, Hero Gaming, The Sun and more. It released an impressive 70 new games and opened five studios around the world, as it looks to produce diverse art and maths, and unique content focusing on specific markets.

Launched in 2012 by Playtech founder Teddy Sagi, Skywind could be capable of challenging Sagi’s first vehicle as one of the industry’s favourite casino suppliers.

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1X2 Network

Previous winner: Big Time Gaming

Playtech

Playtech

2020 Gaming Intelligence Bingo Supplier

Playtech retains this award after a stunning 2019 which saw the company reproduce the simple formula of introducing fantastic new games, winning important new clients and increasing revenue.

Over the last year the company has developed a range of exclusive branded and original titles for operators such as Buzz Bingo, Gala, Mecca, Sky, Sun Bingo and William Hill, while continuing to churn out new games to the bingo network. New releases in 2019 included innovative gems such as Dynamite Digger Jackpot, Best Odds Bingo, Hot House Bingo and Love Island Bingo. In addition, the company offered the sort of branded games that bingo players love. There cannot be many Gala customers that did not enjoy exclusive games based around popular TV shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale,The Chase and Tipping Point.

The headline deal was the relaunch of Gala as Buzz Bingo and Playtech was engaged to throw the full omnichannel works behind the new brand. Renewals with Rank and Sky Bet were the cherries on the top of Playtech’s splendidly baked cake.

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Dragonfish

Previous winner: Playtech

IWG

IWG

2020 Gaming Intelligence Lottery Supplier

IWG breaks Scientific Games’ five-year winning streak in this category to become the Gaming Intelligence Lottery Supplier of the Year.

The company has doubled turnover without increasing costs, while securing a string of new clients to make it a challenger to IGT and Sci-Games as the leading internet lottery supplier.

During 2019 it won deals with Belgium’s Loterie Nationale and the UK’s National Lottery, while rolling out new products for the likes of the ALC, BCLC, Pennsylvania Lottery and Michigan Lottery. Its Love Island game for Camelot became the best-performing game in the National Lottery’s portfolio, while Jungle Payout set records for Michigan and Pennsylvania.

IWG has broken the stranglehold IGT, Intralot and SciGames have had on the lottery market. With NeoPollard Interactive hot on its heels, this category just got a lot more interesting.

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Intralot
NeoPollard Interactive
Scientific Games

Previous winner: Scientific Games

Scientific Games

Scientific Games

2020 Gaming Intelligence Supplier Innovation Award

SG VISION by Scientific Games – Scientific Games wins the Supplier Innovation award because SG Vision is not just an innovative slot or an interesting new gamification technique, SG Vision is a breakthrough technology that can verify player age, support responsible gaming, enhance player loyalty programs and create personalised experiences for players – instantly.

Imagine that a player walks into a casino and sits down at a table game. The SG Vision enabled table would recognise the player and verify the player’s age. Next, SG Vision tracks the guests’ play to deliver real-time player ratings. The player moves onto a slot machine and SG Vision offers him a choice of games based on his previous preferences. SG Vision will even recognise when the player’s drink is running low, and cue a server to check on the guest.

However, the really important breakthrough could be SG Vision’s use to promote responsible gambling. If this technology is deployed across properties, it could alleviate concerns that a self-excluded player simply pops from William Hill to Paddy Power to continue gambling. That could be game-changing.

Previous winner: Playtech

Relax Gaming

Relax Gaming

2020 Gaming Intelligence Poker Supplier

Relax Gaming has one client but it has delivered that one exclusive client a product that has reinvigorated a vertical that was dead on its feet.

Against a backdrop of decline in the wider market, Relax has delivered a platform that drives profit and has delivered consistent growth for the last 25 consecutive quarters. Kindred has been rewarded for committing itself to one of the most innovative young companies in the sector.

During 2019, Relax launched Poker 2.0, which included a new, slick interface on mobile for an intuitive and accessible player experience across both portrait and landscape modes. It became the first supplier in years to launch poker in France and soared to the top.

Kindred loves it so much, it has asked Relax to revolutionise its bingo product.

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Playtech

Previous winner: Playtech

Evolution

Evolution

2020 Gaming Intelligence Casino Supplier

Evolution Gaming wins the most hotly contested category in the Gaming Intelligence Awards.

Year after year, the competition gets hotter and in 2020 nobody can match Evolution. During 2019, it boosted its share price a stunning 172 per cent on the back of a string of deals and a revenue rise of 32 per cent over the first three-quarters of the year. Few suppliers of a similar size come anywhere near that number. Its other KPIs are even more impressive, with 50 per cent-plus rises the norm. A commitment to product excellence saw inspirational games such as Monopoly Live and a whole new category in the shape of Live Game Shows.

The company grew fastest in Asia and North America, where it secured a string of deals topped by entry into Pennsylvania with Penn National. If you add in deals with ATG, Svenska Spel, Scientific Games, BetVictor, Flutter and many more, nobody could match Evolution’s performance.

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EveryMatrix
Red Tiger

Previous winner: Red Tiger

 

 

 

 

SBTech

SBTech

2020 Gaming Intelligence Sports Betting Supplier

SBTech follows up last year’s victory in this category with another win.

It has had a fantastic year with a hat-trick of deals with three of the world’s most forward-thinking lotteries, in the shape of Oregon Lottery, Svenska Spel and Veikkaus.

None of its rivals could match that trio of contracts. It might have been enough to win this award alone, but SBTech also found time to win the contract to supply the hotly anticipated new Virgin Bet with its sportsbook. Virgin Bet will be SBTech’s first customer to build a differentiated UI from its next generation APIs.

In 2020, SBTech will be busy replacing rival Kambi after being acquired by DraftKings. That is the company’s future. In its present form it is one of the most buoyant suppliers in the sector.

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IGT
Kambi
Scientific Games

Last year’s winner: SBTech

MONOPOLY LIVE

MONOPOLY LIVE

2020 Gaming Intelligence Game of the Year

MONOPOLY LIVE – There was fierce competition in this category but our Casino Supplier of the Year ultimately triumphed by producing a game that has invented a whole new category.

Many have tried to reinvent gambling games with innovative ideas and concepts to break from regular slots and table games. Evolution Gaming has succeeded with a game that merges board game, table game and slot. Furthermore, it has excited players so much it has smashed all Evolution’s previous records.

Evolution has taken one of the world’s most popular board games and turned it into a gambling game that is mind-blowing in its creativity. Utter genius.

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FOX Bet

FOX Bet

2020 Gaming Intelligence One to Watch

This was a no-brainer for the judges. The concept of migrating the Sky Bet model to the United States was beautiful in its simplicity.

The deal to engage FOX Sports was executed smartly, with the media company buying into the concept and supporting it dutifully in the subsequent launch in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The new FOX Bet followed that up with a partnership with Penn National that enables market access across the nation.

It has achieved a remarkable amount of progress in the past year and you cannot see anything stopping it.

Last year’s winner: FanDuel

Gamesys Group

Gamesys Group

2020 Gaming Intelligence Management Team

The Gamesys management team enjoyed a transformational year with its £490m sale to JPJ Group and subsequent listing on the London Stock Exchange.

The installation of Lee Fenton and Robeson Reeves as CEO and COO of the enlarged company reflects the esteem in which this management team is held. The pair (together with founding shareholders Noel Hayden and Robin Tombs) and finance director Michael Mee have formed a tight-knit team that has played a long-term strategic game to perfection.

The team initially sold the Gamesys brands to (then) Intertain for £425m in 2015, while retaining the supply contract, before selling the whole company to them last year.

In keeping an eye on the future by entering the US, operating the best-performing bingo brands in its home market, while being at the forefront of the industry’s responsible gambling efforts, the Gamesys management team has played a blinder.

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Betsson Group
888 Holdings
Flutter Entertainment

Last year’s winner: GVC Holdings

Betsson

Betsson

2020 Gaming Intelligence Casino Operator

In the current climate, this has become one of the most hotly contested and coveted of awards. Betsson’s victory is just reward for a long standing commitment to responsible gambling.

The Swedish operator has launched a number of RG initiatives, including a free online self-help tool based on cognitive behavioural concepts, and it has invested in preventive RG technology with a behavioural monitoring tool built in-house.

But this award goes far beyond responsible gambling. It is about culture. During the past year, Betsson has relaunched its CSR strategy to ensure all its offices are engaged in projects to raise funds for the communities in which they operate. There are too many projects to name here but one can be sure that the people of Malta, Georgia, Estonia and beyond are very happy to have a Betsson office nearby.

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888 Holdings
GVC Holdings
Paf

Last year’s winner: Kindred Group

888 Holdings

888 Holdings

2020 Gaming Intelligence Casino Operator

888 Casino is perhaps the most established online casino in the world.

As such, the transformation it achieved in 2019 and the subsequent boost in every KPI you can think of is remarkable.

During 2019, 888 rolled out its new Orbit platform and its AI-powered recommendation engine to eight regulated markets and was rewarded with a 23 per cent increase in Spanish first time depositors (FTDs), a 72 per cent rise in Denmark, a 76 per cent rise in the UK, and a stunning 114 per cent rise in Italy.

888 remodelled itself as a home for recreational players and put responsible gambling at the heart of everything it does. It was rewarded with phenomenal success.

The 888casino team is operating at the very top of its game.

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Gamesys Group
Rank Group
The Stars Group

Last year’s winner: Global Gaming

SAZKA

SAZKA Group

2020 Gaming Intelligence Lottery Operator

The European company’s continued focus on innovation and digital growth means they dominate the lottery category this year. On a strong shortlist, SAZKA Group stands out.

The company’s ever-expanding portfolio of operations across Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece and Italy marks SAZKA out as a trailblazer. Its revolutionary approach to lottery as entertainment runs through the portfolio and is being rewarded with high returns.

As regulators clamp down on commercial operators, lotteries are seeing a resurgence and SAZKA is making sure it benefits. After turning around Greek lottery OPAP, SAZKA is sure to fight runner-up Camelot for the licence to operate the UK’s National Lottery.

The smart money must be on the incumbent but SAZKA is a powerhouse and will go from strength to strength regardless.

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Camelot
FDJ
The Pennsylvania Lottery

Last year’s winner: Michigan Lottery

PokerStars

PokerStars

2020 Gaming Intelligence Poker Operator

It is difficult to dislodge PokerStars in this category.

For all the innovation shown at Kindred Group as it goes it alone; the moves into new territories by Winamax; and the under-the-radar success of IDNPoker, PokerStars continues to dominate.

The poker vertical has endured slings and arrows, but PokerStars runs ahead of the pack, with operational excellence, customer care and cross-marketing of online with land-based tournaments across the world.

Poker is no longer The Stars Group’s biggest vertical and it will be an even smaller percentage when TSG is submerged into Flutter. But it will lead Flutter’s charge into new global territories. Flutter’s other products will have to go some way to match PokerStars’ excellence.

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IDNPoker
Kindred Group
Winamax

Last year’s winner: The Stars Group

Gamesys Group

Gamesys

2020 Gaming Intelligence Bingo Operator

Put simply, nobody does it better than Gamesys when it comes to bingo!

Jackpotjoy continues to fly the flag in the world’s most competitive bingo market of the UK. In 2019 it returned to growth after a year of regulatory upheaval that saw it implement new responsible gambling measures.

But Gamesys is about far more than Jackpotjoy. Heart Bingo has emerged as another leading UK brand with its excellent mobile product. In Spain, Botemania is growing and accounts for 17 percent of revenue. Following its reverse takeover of JPJ Group, it will take some stopping.

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Buzz Bingo
GVC Holdings
Rank Group

Last year’s winner: Tombola

The Stars Group

The Stars Group

2020 Gaming Intelligence Sports Betting Operator

The Stars Group emerges triumphant in this category, thanks to an increasingly global portfolio of brands.

UK-based Sky Betting & Gaming goes from strength-to-strength, shrugging off integration concerns with spiralling revenues. It also provided the inspiration and the springboard into the US market, where Stars struck the deal of the year with FOX Sports to create FOX Bet. The new brand was launched with minimum fuss but maximum fanfare in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Stars also increased revenue by more than a third in Australia, where it migrated William Hill’s customers to its BetEasy operation. Now, it enters a new era as part of Flutter Entertainment. The Stars Group goes out on a high.

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DraftKings
FanDuel
PointsBet

Last year’s winner: bet365