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iGaming NEXT has announced that its highly anticipated awards ceremony iGaming IDOL will now be a standalone event, set to take place on Thursday 26 October at the InterContinental Hotel in Malta.

This year’s event will celebrate the very best in the iGaming industry with a focus on charity, recognition, and entertainment.

The nominations for the awards will open on 6 April and close on the 3 July, with judging days taking place between 8 and 10 August. You can nominate your IDOLs here.

iGaming IDOL 2023 will recognise the contributions of both individuals and companies in various categories, with a range of exciting new awards added to the list.

The new awards include Social Responsibility Idol of the Year, Game Studio of the Year, Game of the Year, Affiliate Idol of the Year, Brand Idol of the Year, Casino Operator Idol of the Year, and Sportsbook Operator Idol of the Year.

These awards celebrate the best and most innovative companies in the industry, from those making the biggest strides in consumer protection and social responsibility to those that have demonstrated exceptional performance in the sports betting industry.

The awards ceremony will also feature the traditional awards, such as Account Manager Idol of the Year, Compliance and Regulated Markets Idol of the Year, Customer Service Idol of the Year, and more, recognising the exceptional individuals who go above and beyond in their respective fields.

Pontus Lindwall at last year’s ceremony

iGaming NEXT event manager Gabi Jasineviciute said: “The iGaming IDOL awards celebrate excellence, innovation, and creativity in the iGaming industry. It’s an event that recognises the individuals and companies that are pushing the boundaries and making a positive impact in the industry.

“iGaming IDOL 2023 is more than just an award ceremony. The awards are a celebration of the progress and evolution of the iGaming industry, and a glimpse into its promising future.”

“The iGaming IDOL Awards provide a unique opportunity to network, share knowledge and celebrate success with like-minded individuals and companies in the industry,” she added. 

The judging process is part of what makes iGaming IDOL unique. It sets the awards show apart from others that rely on nominations and panel reviews, without any personal interaction with the nominees.

The iGaming IDOL judging process allows the nominees to showcase their skills and talent, giving them the opportunity to stand out in a highly competitive industry.

The iGaming IDOL award show is open to any individual who is currently employed within the iGaming industry, meaning within any company that operates an online website offering gambling services, such as sports, casino, poker or bingo, or a supplier to the iGaming industry.

This year’s event will be sponsored by Yolo Group.

Maarja Pärt, CEO at Yolo Group, said: “iGaming IDOL is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year. It’s important to take the time to value the hard-working and creative people driving our industry forward, and doing so while enjoying a great night with friends and colleagues is even better.

“As headline sponsor of iGaming IDOL 2023, Yolo Group is proud to support what is sure to be another memorable occasion,” she added.

This year’s iGaming IDOL event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with more categories, more nominees, and more opportunities to celebrate the very best in the iGaming industry.

The event will culminate in a fabulous after-party, making it a night to remember for all attendees.

The move to make iGaming IDOL 2023 a standalone event reflects the growing importance of the awards in recognising excellence in the industry and provides a dedicated platform for the awards to shine.

Promising to be a fantastic celebration of talent, it is set to be the best iGaming IDOL yet.