Prepare to roll out the red carpet! The iGaming industry is gearing up for one of its most glamorous nights of the year, the star-studded 7th Annual iGaming IDOL Awards.

Taking place on Thursday 30 November, the InterContinental Arena in Malta is destined to shimmer under the spotlight as top professionals and companies gather to celebrate excellence.

This year, the awards are grander than ever. With 19 individual categories, nine company accolades, and a remarkable panel of 57 esteemed judges, there’s no shortage of talent to be recognised.

We are proud to be able to reveal the top five finalists for each category below:

Every nominee and category represents the crème de la crème of the iGaming industry, making it a must-attend event for industry insiders.

Following the awards, attendees will be whisked away to Hugo’s Hotel for the House of Dom Perignon after-party. Promised to be an affair of opulence and entertainment, the celebration will kick off at midnight, ensuring that the night’s energy continues all the way to 2am.

A big shout out to our headline sponsor this year, Yolo Group, for their steadfast support.

Also, a tip of the hat to our Audit Partner, BDO, which meticulously audited the judging days, and to Expedition42 for conducting the surveys that will decide this year’s Employer of the Year.

But it’s not all about glitz and glamour; there’s heart and soul too. The iGaming IDOL Awards has always been a platform that believes in giving back.

This year, in partnership with White Label Casinos and Phil Pearson, 5% of the awards table sales will be donated to MSPCA—Malta’s Society for the Protection and Care of Animals.

The ambition? To raise a whopping €100,000 to champion the cause of abandoned and neglected animals in Malta. To sweeten the pot, a special charity raffle will be held during the awards night, giving attendees the chance to win while supporting a noble cause.

So, dust off your finest attire and get ready to mingle with the industry’s best, all while supporting a heartwarming cause. It’s not just an awards night; it’s a celebration of talent, achievement, and community spirit. See you there!

White Label Casinos has recruited Gabor Budai as its new chief operating officer (COO).

Budai is no stranger to White Label Casino’s operations, having moved across internally from iGaming Platform (iGP), where he served as group MLRO between 2021 and 2023.

Budai began his iGaming career at Kindred Group as a customer service agent and fraud analyst before joining Casumo in 2016.

He climbed the ranks during three years at Casumo, eventually culminating in the position of deputy MLRO and fraud and AML team coach.

A short spell followed at Royal Panda, before becoming MLRO and head of risk at L and L Europe, which operates nine casino brands across Europe, including Hyper Casino.

Budai has been tasked with guiding White Label Casinos’ operational teams as the company looks to become a market-leading white-label solutions provider.

His responsibilities as COO will include implementing strategic plans to drive growth, as well as profitability, operational excellence, and fostering a high-performance culture.

“It’s an incredibly exciting moment to join the company,” said Budai. “I look forward to working with highly experienced teams to drive forward our growth during this exciting new chapter. I absolutely cannot wait to get underway in this new role.”

Budai will work remotely from Budapest, Hungary.

Malta-based White Label Casinos was founded in 2022. It offers an all-in-one casino solution to gambling operators, complete with an MGA and Curacao licence.

“We are delighted to have Gabor on board,” said White Label Casinos CEO Phil Pearson.

“We had a lot of top talent both internally and externally apply for the role, but Gabor stood out as the right man with his expertise and vision.

“Together we can keep focusing on making white labels a first-class experience for clients and players.

“We are all pleased to see him step up to the role of COO and want to congratulate him on his appointment,” he added.

Phil Pearson has left iGaming Group to lead a new business called White Label Casinos.

Pearson spent more than five years with Malta-based solutions provider iGaming Group, most recently in a combined role as COO, head of sales and head of the white label business.

The move has resulted in something of a mutual separation for iGaming Group, which will now be free to pursue more platform and turnkey clients in additional markets.

Its former white label business has been split off to form the new-look White Label Casinos brand, which will initially be formed of Pearson’s 40 or so existing clients.

The decision to split the business segments was made by Pearson and iGaming Group CEO Giovanni Paticchio.

The two companies will maintain a client/platform relationship but will otherwise work independently.

Phil Pearson: “White Label Casinos was formed to run and offer white label in whichever way we see fit, so we are free to explore all options globally and partner with new and exciting companies.”

“It basically allows us to do whatever we want and kind of wherever we want,” Pearson told iGaming NEXT.

“White Label Casinos was formed to run and offer white label in whichever way we see fit, so we are free to explore all options globally and partner with new and exciting companies,” he added.

Effectively, this will open up expansion possibilities for the group and Pearson is hopeful it will lead to more growth, jobs, and deals with other technology, gaming, and industry partners.

This will also allow the business to expand into more markets and more verticals. It will also launch a B2C casino brand of its own, according to Pearson.

White Label Casinos is currently licensed in Malta and Curacao, although the company is in the process of securing additional licences in Kahnawake, as well as a locally regulated licence in a soon-to-be revealed territory.

White Label Casinos, which stands to make monthly GGR of around €25m according to Pearson, will be based in a new office in Pendergardens, Malta, and will be home to around 170 staff initially from February.