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The stunning city of Valletta is buzzing with anticipation as it prepares to host the renowned iGaming NEXT: Valletta conference on 21 and 22 of June.

With a sold-out crowd of some 4,000 delegates expected, the Mediterranean Conference Centre is primed to welcome a plethora of leaders from politics, finance and iGaming.

The show’s influential line-up is set to include some political big hitters, with Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela set to appear alongside Minister of Economy Silvio Schembri.

Javier Silvania, Minister of Finance for Curaçao is another confirmed delegate, where he could reveal the full details of the Dutch Caribbean island’s new online gambling regulation.

Other speakers include Adam Rosenberg of Blackstone, Red Tiger Gaming founder Gavin Hamilton, Yolo Group founder Tim Heath and HappyHour founder Robin Eirik Reed.

These leaders are poised to share their experience and knowledge while discussing the latest trends, strategies, and innovations that are destined to shape the future of iGaming.

Attendees can look forward to lively debates, insightful presentations, and game-changing announcements.

As a global hotspot for iGaming, Valletta’s conference is of monumental importance for the international online gambling industry.

The convergence of global leaders and industry innovators could precipitate significant developments while serving as a catalyst for continued growth and expansion.

Stay tuned to our news portal for updates and in-depth coverage of iGaming NEXT: Valletta.

You can buy a ticket here.

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.

iGaming NEXT can finally reveal the top three finalists for each category ahead of September’s iGaming IDOL awards ceremony.

Interest was sky high and the competition was tough. We received more than 2,100 nominations since iGaming IDOL opened for submissions on 15 April and closed on 17 June.

This year’s event has been narrowed down to 18 categories and 54 finalists, as our esteemed judging panel selected three exceptional workers for the final shortlist of each job title.

Below you will find the complete list of industry stars to have been nominated:

The individuals above are all set to appear at this year’s final awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 27 September at the Xara Lodge in Rabat.

Yolo Group topped the ranks for nominations this year with five when including for the operator’s Bombay Studios subsidiary.

Malta-based GiG came in second with three nominations, while two employees were nominated from White Hat Gaming, Push Gaming, KaFe Rocks, Relax Gaming, Playtech, Kwiff, HappyHour, Growth Leads, Game Lounge and Evolution.

iGaming IDOL event manager Gabi Jasineviciute said: “We are so grateful to see that people are noticing and appreciating their colleagues. All candidates are so lucky to have such lovely, caring and thoughtful co-workers.

“This is what iGaming IDOL is all about – to recognise those individuals who are doing their best and are always ready to go that extra mile.

“We are so pleased to be the organisers of an awards show where the industry can come together to celebrate the success and recognition of those who are shining in the iGaming sector,” she added. 

iGaming IDOL is eager to promote and showcase diversity and inclusion within our industry. This year, 43% of finalists were female, while 57% were male.

The iGaming IDOL awards will open the iGaming NEXT Valletta ’22 conference, where tradition will make way for innovation during a two-day event at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

You can register for tickets here.

Finally, if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the event, please get in touch with our head of commercial, Rory Credland, here: rory@igamingnext.com