EGR Operator Awards 2018

The Oscars of the egaming sector, EGR Operator Awards is attended by more than 800 industry professionals and rewards B2C operators for setting the standard in categories ranging from customer service to social responsibility, and awards across all verticals.
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WELCOME TO THE EGR OPERATOR AWARDS 2018

The Oscars of the egaming sector, EGR Operator Awards is attended by more than 800 industry professionals and rewards B2C operators for setting the standard in categories ranging from customer service to social responsibility, and awards across all verticals.

Please note: Due to new judging policies, the entry deadline will not be extended this year.



CATEGORIES CRITERIA

Please provide a summary of your product/service offerings. The judges will be looking for examples of product development, innovation, flexibility, reliability, scalability, integration, delivery, the user interface and user experience.

Please describe your customer focus demonstrating your approach to customer service, understanding of customer needs, reaction to market challenges, back office, reporting and compliance requirements.

Please provide information on the commercial success of the product (we understand that these figures are sensitive and all will be held in the strictest confidence. The more you can provide, the easier it is for the judges to credit).

Please provide any additional detail in support of your application.

Please note that the judging period is from 18 June 2017 to 18 June 2018.

CATEGORIES

AFFILIATE CATEGORIES
Bingo affiliate

The judges will reward the bingo affiliate that has provided significant traffic, player numbers and genuine ROI for operators. An ability to build strong partner relationships as well as innovation in terms of brand, marketing and player retention strategies will be key criteria for deciding a winner. This is not an award for the biggest affiliate site, but scale will be a factor in determining the winner. Entrants will need to provide evidence of scale of traffic and strong partnerships with operators as well as putting forward a clear case for differentiation and stand-out within their sector.


Key criteria include:

  • Differentiation and quality of offering
  • Quality and scale of traffic
  • Growth
  • Innovation
  • Strong partner relationships
Sports affiliate

The judges will reward the sports betting affiliate that has provided significant traffic, player numbers and genuine ROI for operators. An ability to build strong partner relationships as well as innovation in terms of brand, marketing and player retention strategies will be key criteria for deciding a winner. This is not an award for the biggest affiliate site, but scale will be a factor in determining the winner. Entrants will need to provide evidence of scale of traffic and strong partnerships with operators as well as putting forward a clear case for differentiation and stand-out within their sector.


Key criteria include:

  • Differentiation and quality of offering
  • Quality and scale of traffic
  • Growth
  • Innovation
  • Strong partner relationships
Casino affiliate

The judges will reward the casino affiliate that has provided significant traffic, player numbers and genuine ROI for operators. An ability to build strong partner relationships as well as innovation in terms of brand, marketing and player retention strategies will be key criteria for deciding a winner. This is not an award for the biggest affiliate site, but scale will be a factor in determining the winner. Entrants will need to provide evidence of scale of traffic and strong partnerships with operators as well as putting forward a clear case for differentiation and stand-out within their sector.


Key criteria include:

  • Differentiation and quality of offering
  • Quality and scale of traffic
  • Growth
  • Innovation
  • Strong partner relationships
GENERAL
GAME OF THE YEAR

The Game of the Year category will recognise the game studio or operator that has produced the stand-alone game that has made the biggest impact during 2018.

To vote for the Game of the year category at the 2018 EGR Operator Awards, you must have been shortlisted for one of the Operator Awards. Please ensure that you have carefully read the information on each game and the entry criteria which can be found on the website.

HEADLINE CATEGORIES
Affiliate of the year – FOR AFFILIATES ONLY

The judges will reward the affiliate that has stood out from the pack in a competitive sector through innovation, traffic generation and growth, genuine ROI for operators and the ability to build strong partner relationships. This is not an award for the biggest affiliate site, but scale will be a factor in determining the winner. Entrants will need to provide evidence of growth, innovation, quality and scale of traffic and differentiation.


Key criteria include:

  • Differentiation and quality of offering
  • Quality and scale of traffic
  • Growth
  • Innovation
  • Strong partner relationships
Bingo operator

This award is for the bingo operator that has created a stand-out proposition in a competitive market through a combination of product, marketing and/or significant revenue growth. The winner will be a site operating strong product(s) with a significant customer base, an effective marketing strategy, and a lively online community. Operators demonstrating innovation and that are pushing the sector forward will be given special consideration. Additional recognition will be given to operators with a strong regulated market business.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of product
  • Customer acquisition and retention strategies
Casino operator

The winner of this award will be the casino operator that has been able to dominate the sector through their global reach and quality of their product. Entrants will be judged on the originality of their product, the strength of the brand and product, and innovations helping set their offering apart from its competitors. Additional recognition will be given to operators with a strong regulated market business.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of product
  • Customer acquisition and retention strategies
  • Quality of brand and marketing
Employer of the Year (NEW FOR 2018)

This award will recognise the operator that can demonstrate its commitment to organisational performance improvement through investment in the recruitment, personal and skills development and motivation of every individual employee. Special consideration will be given to the operator that can show evidence of a clear plan towards integrating a strong company culture right across the business.


Key criteria include:

  • Staff retention and employee engagement
  • Positive leadership and management
  • Incentive and benefit schemes
  • Quality of training initiatives
Mobile operator

This award recognises the operator that has stood out from the pack within mobile and tablet real-money gambling. It is open to mobile-only operators or traditional egaming firms with a mobile product suite, but in either case the judges will be looking for evidence of innovation, growth, and the quality of product and service. Single product operators are welcome to enter, but special consideration will be given to operators with a well-integrated portfolio or products across iOS, Android and mobile web on both smartphone and tablet platforms.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of mobile products
  • Player metrics
  • Product quality and functionality
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Cross-platform strategy
Operator of the year

This award recognises the operator that has set the standards for others to follow over the past year. The judges will be looking for a company that has acted as a driving force for innovation across all areas of the business and the winning operator will need to demonstrate a market-leading proposition. It is not a reward for the largest operator, but rather operational excellence in the markets where the company has a presence. Judges will be looking for a company that has clearly differentiated itself from the chasing pack in its sector, through a mixture of growth, innovation and strong product performance in one or more of the key verticals. Additional recognition will be given to operators with a strong regulated market business.


Key criteria include:

  • Operational excellence
  • Quality and diversity of product
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Growth and commercial success
  • Influence on wider egaming market
  • Strength of brand and marketing
Poker operator

The poker operator of the year award will be given to the operator that has operated the most successful real-money poker offering over the past year. Judges will award the prize for originality, growth and marketing strategy, with special consideration given to innovation. Special consideration will be given to those operators who have shown growth in the current market and to operators that have been able to differentiate in a crowded sector. Additional recognition will be given to operators with a strong regulated market business.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Strength of brand and player acquisition strategies
  • Quality of product
Rising star

The Rising Star award rewards a company of up to three years in existence that, despite being new to the sector, is rapidly growing and establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with. Innovation will be a major factor in the judging process, however operational excellence and early signs of commercial success will also be taken into account.


Key criteria include:

  • Greatest promise
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Growth and commercial success
  • Profitability

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CATEGORY IS ONLY OPEN TO COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR THREE YEARS OR LESS AND HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY WON THIS CATEGORY.
Socially responsible operator

Judges will award the prize to the operator that has done the most to implement procedures designed to protect their customers. The winner will be rewarded for age verification technology, problem gambling support, responsible gambling safeguards and comprehensive KYC procedures. Special consideration will be given to operators that have campaigned for wider industry controls to ensure socially responsible gambling.


Key criteria include:

  • Age verification
  • Problem gambling assistance
  • Problem gambling safeguards
  • CRM and problem gamblers
  • KYC procedures
  • Advancement of research in gambling
Sports betting operator

In the competitive sports betting field, the operator that has been able to differentiate itself from its key rivals through an excellent product offering, an effective marketing strategy and impressive global reach will be awarded this prize. Judges are looking for an operator that has enjoyed consistent growth over the past year and demonstrated operational excellence in the markets they operate within. Additional recognition will be given to operators with a strong regulated market business.


Key criteria include:

  • Scale and growth
  • Geographical diversity
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of on and offline marketing
  • Quality of product
OPERATOR CATEGORIES
Affiliate programme

This category rewards the operator affiliate team that can best demonstrate the use of innovative and effective marketing strategies to drive customers to their sites. Judges are looking for programmes that have used the full range of marketing tools available. In this highly competitive environment, evidence of strong affiliate partnerships and effective use of brand messaging will also play a vital role in selecting the winner.


Key criteria include:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Brand messaging
  • Acquisition or retention numbers
  • Affiliate relationship management
eSports operator

This award is for operators offering a B2C real-money betting product in the burgeoning eSports sector. The award will go to the operator that can demonstrate how it has found success in the field of eSports betting during the 12-mont period, with judges taking into consideration product differentiation, presentation and ability to attract a new demographic into the egaming sector.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of product
  • Quality of brand and marketing
Exchange Operator of the Year (NEW FOR 2018)

This award will go to the exchange betting operator that has been able to differentiate itself from its key rivals through an excellent product offering and an effective marketing strategy. Judges are looking for an operator that has enjoyed consistent growth over the past year and demonstrated operational excellence in the markets they operate within.


Key criteria include:

  • Scale and growth
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of on and offline marketing
  • Quality of product
Fantasy sports

This award recognises the operator that has made the biggest impact within the fantasy sports space during the previous 12 months. The judges will be looking for evidence of revenue growth, acquisition through the mobile channel, innovation and strength of product. The winner will be the operator that can demonstrate a successful cross-platform offering with strong functionality and growth.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of product
  • Quality of brand and marketing
Lottery operator

This award is for operators offering both lottery and bet-on-lottery products. The award will go to the operator that can demonstrate how it has found success in the lottery sector with judges paying particular attention to growth, product innovation and the ability to appeal to a new demographic, which includes the transition of retail players into the online and mobile environment.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of product
  • Quality of brand and marketing
Customer services operator

This award will go to the operator that can best demonstrate that it truly has the customer at the heart of its business, and manages its resources to continuously improve its performance standards ensuring it can meet the needs of its entire customer base.


Key criteria include:

  • Staff engagement in customer satisfaction strategy
  • Continual training and development
  • Continual measurement
  • Competitive advantage
  • Impact on retention
Spread betting operator

This award will recognise the operator that has achieved significant success in the field of financial and sports spread betting during the past 12 months. The category is open to standalone sports and financial spread betting operators but not egaming operators with a financial betting offering. The judges will be looking for evidence of growth, innovation in product and/or marketing as well as strong revenue generation and overall product offering.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Quality of product
  • Customer acquisition and retention strategies
  • Quality of brand and marketing
Horse race betting operator

This award will recognise the operator that has stood out in the competitive horse race betting space, through quality of product, customer centricity, differentiation and commercial success. Judges will be looking for an operator that offers a market leading product combined with an effective marketing strategy and CRM capabilities, as well as strong commercial performance.


Key criteria include:

  • Quality and breadth of offering
  • Scale and product diversity
  • Growth and commercial success
  • Quality of online and offline marketing
Football betting operator

This award will recognise the operator that has stood out in the football betting space, through quality of product, customer centricity, differentiation and commercial success. Judges will be looking for an operator that offers a market leading product combined with an effective marketing strategy and CRM capabilities, as well as strong commercial performance.


Key criteria include:

  • Quality and breadth of offering
  • Scale and product diversity
  • Growth and commercial success
  • Quality of online and offline marketing
In-house product

This award will recognise the operator that can demonstrate it has developed the most effective in-house product or platform which helped it stand out from its competitors and offered the biggest commercial boost to its business during the past 12 months. Relevant products include – but are not limited to – betting and gaming platforms, game content, mobile and tablet apps, and marketing technology. Judges will be looking for the success of the product, both commercially and in terms of solving a business need, as well as the level of innovation demonstrated in its conception and development.


Key criteria include:

  • Quality of product
  • Evidence of positive commercial impact
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Link to solving direct business need
In-play sports operator

The judging panel is looking to reward the operator that has developed a product that stands out from the crowd, and provided a significant boost to sportsbook revenue in this vitally important sector of the business. Innovation and strength in mobile and tablet will be a key criteria for assessment. The panel will also be looking at breadth of markets offered and the ability to offer in-play on multiple platforms.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of product
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • On and offline marketing strategy
  • Breadth of markets and platforms offered
Marketing campaign

This award recognises the company that has run the most innovative, intelligent and creative marketing campaign over the past year. Judges will select a winner based on effective use of brand and contextual advertising along with other elements such as banner ads, affiliate programmes, use of SEO and viral marketing for a specific campaign. The award is not simply for the most effective campaign in terms of ROI, but the financial performance of the campaign or its success in recruiting new customers will be a factor in judging a winner.


Key criteria include:

  • Innovation and originality
  • Use of different channels
  • Creativity
  • ROI including growth in customer acquisition
Mobile bingo product

This award recognises the operator that has made the biggest impact within the mobile and tablet space during the past 12 months. The award is open both to mobile-only operators and traditional egaming operators with a mobile bingo product. The judges will be looking for evidence of revenue growth, acquisition through the mobile channel, innovation and strength of product. The winner will be the operator that can demonstrate a successful cross-platform offering with strong functionality and growth. It is not an award for the largest operator, but scale will be a consideration.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of product
  • Player metrics
  • Product quality and functionality
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Cross-platform strategy
Mobile casino product

This award recognises the operator that has made the biggest impact within the mobile and tablet space during the previous 12 months. The award is open both to mobile-only operators and traditional egaming operators with a mobile casino product. The judges will be looking for evidence of revenue growth, acquisition through the mobile channel, innovation and strength of product. The winner will be the operator that can demonstrate a successful cross-platform offering with strong functionality and growth.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of product
  • Player metrics
  • Product quality and functionality
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Cross-platform strategy
Mobile poker product

This award recognises the operator that has made the biggest impact within the mobile and tablet space during the previous 12 months. The award is open both to mobile-only operators and traditional egaming operators with a mobile poker product. The judges will be looking for evidence of revenue growth, acquisition through the mobile channel, innovation and strength of product. The winner will be the operator that can demonstrate a successful cross-platform offering with strong functionality and growth.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of product
  • Player metrics
  • Product quality and functionality
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Cross-platform strategy
Mobile sports product

This award recognises the operator that has made the biggest impact within the mobile and tablet space during the previous 12 months. The award is open both to mobile-only operators and traditional egaming operators with a mobile sportsbook product. The judges will be looking for evidence of revenue growth, acquisition through the mobile channel, innovation and strength of product. The winner will be the operator that can demonstrate a successful cross-platform offering with strong functionality and growth.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of product
  • Player metrics
  • Product quality and functionality
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Cross-platform strategy
Slots operator

This award will go to the slots operator running the most successful and innovative offering. The judges will be looking for operators that have a strong product offering, brand identity and an effective marketing strategy. This is not an award for the largest operator, but scale, growth and revenue generation will be factor in determining the winner. Additional recognition will be given to operators with a strong regulated market business.


Key criteria include:

  • Growth and commercial success of product
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Strength of brand and player acquisition strategies
  • Quality of product
Social operator

This award recognises the social operator that has set the standards for others to follow over the past 12 months. Judges will look for a company that has dominated the social gaming space and acted as a driving force for innovation. It is not a reward for the largest operator, but scale will be a major consideration.


Key criteria include:

  • Operational excellence
  • Scale and geographical diversity
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Growth and commercial success
  • Strength of brand and marketing

CATEGORIES FINAL JUDGING DATE

The headline categories are our most hotly contested Awards, and are subject to a unique final judging process. All companies shortlisted for the nine categories will have the opportunity to send one representative per category they are shortlisted in to present their submission(s) in person to the judging panel. Each shortlisted company will have 5 minutes to present to the judging panel, followed by 5 minutes Q&A.

JUDGING

HOW THE JUDGES ARE CHOSEN

EGR’s team of independent, external judges is updated each year and is selected to bring a diverse range of in-depth egaming expertise to the judging process. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep all submitted information and the winners confidential, and are obliged to declare that they have no conflicts of interest prior to judging.

The full list of judges will be published after the judging process has been completed so that there is no attempt to influence the judges as this would result in immediate disqualification from the awards.

HOW CATEGORIES ARE ALLOCATED TO THE JUDGES

Groups of judges are allocated categories, which are aligned to their specific market knowledge and avoid conflict of interest. Each group of judges have no access to the submissions or results of categories they are not involved in judging.

THE SHORTLISTING PROCESS

Awards will only be awarded in categories where two or more submissions have been received. A panel of independent, external judges decides on the shortlist prior to the submissions being sent to the final judges.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

The judges read and analyse the submissions. Each judge allocates a score to each individual criteria per category, as well as a brief summary of their thoughts

Once the above is complete, judges submit their scores

Once the scores are submitted the winners are then automatically calculated by our online judging platform If there is no clear winner a conference call will be held by the allocated judges for that category. A Highly Commended may also be rewarded in this instance.

EGR does not contribute or have a vote within this process. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

SUBMISSION FEEDBACK

EGR do not share individual judges’ scores and comments, however explanations for the winner of each category will be provided online after the event.

PAST WINNERS

Category Company
Operator Categories
Affiliate programme Casumo
Spread betting operator Spreadex
Social operator Product Madness
eSports operator Danske Spil
Fantasy sports Dribble
Customer services operator Betsson Group
In-house product Colossus Bets
Mobile poker product The Stars Group
Mobile bingo product Mecca Bingo
Mobile casino product LeoVegas
Mobile sports product bet365
Football betting operator Sky Betting & Gaming
Marketing campaign The Stars Group
In-play sports operator Sky Betting & Gaming
Slots operator Kindred
Lottery operator Lottoland
Affiliate categories
Bingo affiliate WhichBingo
Casino affiliate Better Collective
Sports affiliate Skores
Game of the Year category
Game of the year Wild Toro (ELK Studios)

EVENT INFO

Timings

6:00pm - 7:30pm Drinks
7:30pm - 9:00pm Dinner
9:00pm - 10:00pm Awards ceremony
10:00pm - late After party bar and networking

Venue Information

London, Grosvenor House
86-90 Park Lane
London
W1K 7TN
United Kingdom

Dress code

Black tie preferred.

Map and directions to venue

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TICKETS

HOW TO ATTEND THE AWARDS

A table costs £4,620 for members and £5,445 for non-members which includes attendance for 10 to the awards ceremony, drinks reception, three course Gala dinner, after party and wine/beer/soft drinks until close.

Please note: Individual tickets will not be sold until the week before the event and will be subject to availability.

For table booking queries please contact:

Clark Beecroft
c.beecroft@egrmagazine.com
+44 (0)20 7832 6596

CONTACT US

Entries and general queries

Katie Renton
Event Manager
k.renton@pageantmedia.com
+44 (0)20 7832 6579

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Group Commercial Manager
s.compagnoni@egrmagazine.com
+44 (0)20 7832 6501

Awards tables

Clark Beecroft
c.beecroft@egrmagazine.com
+44 (0)20 7832 6596

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