In just a few hours, the eyes of the global gaming industry will once again turn to London, as a total of 31 prestigious EGR Operator Awards 2021 will be presented at Grosvenor House on November 25. As the so-called Oscars of the gaming industry, winning such a trophy is the highlight of an eventful year for all operators of online casinos, bingo sites or sports betting platforms. This time, a total of five gambling companies managed to grab at least 10 nominations and therefore have the greatest chances to address one or two acceptance speeches to the jury and guests from the competition in just a few days.
What is the best casino game of the year 2021?
After countless categories and award winners, one important highlight awaits the guests in London in the third block of the EGR Operator Awards 2021. The Casino Game of the Year is also being searched for, and there are 16 titles to choose from, although unfortunately, only one live casino game made it into the list of nominees. Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt is the name of the game and brings a live slot into the Evolution Live Casinos for the first time after the takeover of NetEnt.
The nominees for Casino Game of the Year at the EGR Operator Awards 2021:
1X2 Network – 1 Million Megaways BC
Evolution – Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt
Greentube – Diamond Link: Mighty Emperor
Inspired Entertainment – Gold Cash Free Spins
iSoftBet – Moriarty Megaways
NetEnt – Twin Spin MegaWays
Pariplay – Torro’s Gold
Playson – Buffalo Power: Hold and Win
Playtech – Cash Collect
Pragmatic Play – Gates of Olympus
Push Gaming – Jammin’ Jars 2
Relax Gaming – Top Dawg$
Stormcraft Studios – Thunderstruck Wild Lightning
Swintt – Lone Rider XtraWays
Wazdan – Fortune Reels
Yggdrasil – Atlantean GigaRise
The top tier at the EGR Operator Awards 2021
While traditionally the suppliers of the gaming industry are honoured at the EGR B2B Awards in spring, the operators get their money’s worth in a separate event towards the end of the year in November. For many years, the EGR Operator Awards have been considered by far the most important and prestigious awards, and this will continue seamlessly in 2021 despite Corona. As always, the individual categories can be divided into different blocks. Right at the beginning, we start with the election for the best gaming operator in general across all genres. Here, 14 companies enter the race, including Betsson Groupo from Sweden, which has the most nominations at the EGR Operator Awards 2021 with a total of 18. Another big favourite in this category is 888 Holdings, which also has a strong showing this year with 15 nominations. However, William Hill and Mr Green Casino as new subsidiaries contribute the lion’s share with nine nominations. LeoVegas, another renowned online casino operator, can be pleased about a total of 12 nominations and is of course also on the list for the operator of the year. The also applies to Flutter Entertainment, which can boast a total of 11 nominations this year. If the acquisition of Tombola, Europe’s leading bingo site, had already been completed, Flutter Entertainment would have even matched 888 Holdings with a total of 15 nominations. In addition, another big favourite at the EGR Operator Awards 2021 is Kindred Group, which also made it to a total of 15 nominations. However, the owner of Unibet did not make it into the selection for the operator of the year category.
Who will be online casino operator of the year?
After the election for the best operator of the year, the next step is the equally prestigious category for the best online casino operator. Here, the jury must also choose from a total of 14 different companies, which is certainly not an easy task. After all, with 888casino, Betsson, Betfair, Casumo Casino, LeoVegas, Mr Green as well as PlayOJO Casino and Pokerstars Casino, the crème de la crème faces off here. Next, we move on to the choice of the best operator in the field of slot machines, the main genre in any online casino. With the exception of Mr Q and SlotsMillion, pretty much the same companies are once again competing for the coveted award. Things are much more varied later on in the category for the best bingo operator, where a total of nine companies compete against each other. Particularly noteworthy in this category is Entain, which managed to get two brands on the nomination list with Foxy Bingo and Gala Bingo. Furthermore, Tombola, as well as Mecca Bingo, can be found here with great chances of winning. How much the significance of the time-honoured card game of poker has declined over the past few years can be seen once again at the EGR Operator Awards 2021, with just six operators battling it out for the win. It will probably come down to a duel between Pokerstars and 888poker. Finally, the last game of the evening is Lotto, which is also looking for the best operator. Since only Danske Spil and Lottoland are up for election, the jury’s decision on this point shouldn’t take too long.
Can bet365 be beaten this year?
After the online casinos and all the important genres, the EGR Operator Awards 2021 will continue with the big block from the sports betting sector, where bet365 is generally always the favorite. With a total of five nominations, the operator has enough opportunities to put one or the other new trophy in its cupboard at the end of the evening. It all starts with the king category for the best sports betting operator. Here, bet365 has to prevail against 888sport, once again the Betsson Group, the US upstart DraftKings, as well as against Kaizen Gaming, Kindred Group and Pointsbet as major competitors.
In the next category for the best operator of pure soccer betting, surprisingly bet365 is not represented this year, which is why Betsson, William Hill, Novibet as well as Kaizen Gaming and Kindred Group take on 1xbet. In the area of live betting, an extremely high-turnover sub-sector of sports betting, the best operator is also being sought this year and here, as always, there is hardly any way around bet365. Betsson, Kindred and LeoVegas remain only outsider chances. However, Betsson’s chances of snatching an EGR Operator Award 2021 are much stronger in the field of horse racing betting.
The RaceBets brand is the clear favourite here and it will be difficult for the three remaining competitors. Finally, in the second block, the gambling industry in London is looking at the growth genre of eSports, where more and more operators are trying to capture a share of the global growth. Besides the two specialists Pinnacle and Unikrn, only Betway has a realistic chance of winning the award in this sector.
A category that is attracting more and more attention at the EGR Operator Awards 2021 is the best operator in the field of betting on virtual games and fantasy teams. Here, there are two nominees this year that have a great chance of winning the award. Besides Low6, this is BetssonFC, the new brand of the Swedes in the field of fantasy sports.
Finally the best products
At 31 EGR Operator Awards in 2021, of course, there will be many other prizes awarded, such as for the best products. Here it starts with the category for the best product in the field of online casinos and a total of four nominees fight for the coveted title. In addition to Betsson, these are Kindred Group, LeoVegas and Lottoland. Of course, the best product from the sports betting sector will also be nominated on this evening in London. Once again, bet365 will be up against Betsson, LeoVegas, Novibet and 1xbet. After this small block, which is concluded with the vote for the best in-house product, it finally continues with some general, but important awards, such as for the best operator in the area of player protection. Traditionally, Betsson once again holds the best cards here, but has to prevail against other giants like Entain, Gamesys Group or Mr Green, as well as the great online casino from NetBet. Another domain for the Swedes is the area of customer service, in which Betsson is of course also nominated. However, King Billy Casino, William Hill or Genesis Global, for example, could provide a surprise.
Here you can find the complete list of all nominees at the EGR Operator Awards 2021!