Who Are The Winners And Losers Of The International Gaming Awards?February 3rd, 2016
The International Gaming Awards (IGA) results are in! Question is, are there any particular winners (and losers) that will change how you play mobile casino from now on?
Hosted every year in London, IGA celebrates the best of the best in the world of gaming, with peer-to-peer judges deciding who beat the rest of the pack.
There are many categories, but we will only concentrate on the online casino awards – whilst it’s nice to know that the best casinos in North America are the Wynn resorts- it’s not quite that relevant to you right now.
That said, if you wanted the full list, you can find it here.
Otherwise, we’ve taken out the best bits and given you an insider look at who was crying with joy, and who was crying into their whisky.
The three big obvious online casino winners
We are happy to report that the three big winners in the online casinos categories are all… LuckyMobileCasinos.com regulars.
Because apparently we have good taste.
And whilst there was no big loser there was, basically, a shift in crowns as 3 top mobile casinos competed for the glory that night.
Slot operator of the year: Video Slots casino
Was there ever any surprise? Not only is it pretty much implied in the name, but Video Slots casino have, at last count, 30 software providers in their books.
Granted, some of these providers are little unknown companies that might not provide the best games (Endorphina and Casino Technology anyone?), and some don’t have mobile slots, or very few, in their books (looking at you Rival and Leander Games).
But most are genuinely amazing. Who doesn’t love Williams Interactive, Microgaming, NetEnt and Aristocrat games? And even up and coming slot providers like Yggdrasil, Thunderkick and Quickspin get put front and centre in their casino site.
They go far and wide to find you the best and the biggest slots, but also sometimes, the quirky, the odd, the slightly unusual, and the rarely boring.
Who did they take the crown from? Leo Vegas won in 2015. But don’t feel too bad for them as they upgraded and won…
Online Casino operator of the year: Leo Vegas casino
There were no tears for Leo Vegas casino this year as they went from best slots operator of 2015, to just generally the best online casino operator in 2016.
Probably the best result they could hope for, as this award is, by far, the most esteemed by players. Which make sense; this award says that, overall, you’ll find the best casino experience.
Add excellent customer service that goes above and beyond, as well as clear and fair terms keeping players happy and it’s no wonder that they won.
So who is commiserating having lost their 2015 crown? Technically, that would be Mr Green casino, though don’t feel too bad for them as…
Mobile operator of the year: Mr Green
This is a brand new category, but one we like very much as it’s very relevant to our readers.
Whilst the Mr Green mobile casino might not seem like the obvious choice to many, actually if you look at the amazing improvement they’ve made over the last year, you can understand why they deserve this award.
They totally revamped the whole online and mobile site, putting a bigger focus on the games, and making it easier than ever to register, deposit, and play.
It has all the features from the online casino, and finally feels like an iPhone / Android casino in it’s own right – not an extension of the desktop version.
Add that they’ve been adding lots of exciting mobile casino games providers, and we can totally get onboard with this award.
The very surprising online software winners
The other side of the awards was looking at which of the casino game software shone the brightest in 2016.
And you’ll be surprised at the results – some of the names here are old hats at the IGA, but a couple here might just surprise you.
Three big names winning three big awards
First let’s start with obvious; NetEnt kept it’s crown as the best slots provider of the year. And why not? With titles like Koi Princess, Pyramid: Quest for Immortality, Spinata Grande and the rocking Guns n Roses slot.
Two new awards were introduced this year, and two old hats to the gambling game won.
Microgaming won Innovator of the Year with the introduction of their brand new Oculus Rift virtual reality roulette game. It might be niche, but it’s a beautiful piece of technology.
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And then comes a surprising one; Best User Experience in Mobile. Another non-obvious winner in the form of International Gaming Technologies (IGT). But, seeing as they’ve been releasing a ton of new mobile slots, and making it easier and faster to play their slots on the go, they got the glass trophy.
Two rising stars got well deserved wins
We love it when we’re right about up and coming software providers.
Over the past years, for every ‘new games you must play this month’, a couple of software providers kept winning ahead of the big boys. And now the IGA awards agrees with us.
First you’ve got Play’n GO, who managed to keep their ‘Best Mobile Product of The Year’ for another year, despite serious competition.
Because if 2015 showed us anything, it was that every software went full steam ahead with mobile.
And for Play’n GO to keep this award shows how they’ve kept pushing the boundaries of playing on the go, continuing to deliver some of the best products on the market.
The huge win: Yggdrasil Gaming won Gaming Software Supplier 2016
Why is this huge? This is tantamount to winning something like ‘best casino of the year’. To give you even more context, for the last 6 years only one software has won this award time and time again, the gaming giant Playtech.
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And it wasn’t the well known Microgaming, the now established WMS (who by the by, are nowhere to be seen on the lists either), or even the prestigious NetEnt who beat them. No.
It was Yggdrasil Gaming, a little software provider based in Sweden and Malta, who have created maybe 10 games in the last year. But what games…
Not only do they bring out surprising and beautiful games, but they are also identical to play on both online or mobile – and we mean identical.
Where can I play all these software?
Funnily enough, all the winning games software can be found… at the 3 winning mobile casinos we started our list with.
Coincidence? Or perhaps there is reasons behind the madness of award season?
Either way, you don’t have to ask us our favourite; it’s obviously the one that won the biggest award of the night, and best casino overall; Leo Vegas.
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