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iGaming Idol: Awarding the brilliant stars of 2019


23 outstanding individuals, leaders and companies have made the final cut for this year’s spectacular iGaming Idol, held on the 11th September at the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre in St Julian’s. Now in its fourth year, iGaming Idol has established itself as the premium awards event on the industry’s much-acclaimed calendar.

Bringing together the crème de la crème of the iGaming
sector, iGaming Idol’s unique concept seeks to recognise exceptional achievement
by individuals within the industry who have, through their work or initiatives,
excelled within their field of expertise, charity fund raising to benefit the
greater community and top-notch entertainment. Idols are selected through a
rigorous judging process, by an independent adjudicating panel made up of leading
experts from within the industry itself.

Delivering another fabulous, star-studded night, this year’s
edition of iGaming Idol was once again a unique celebration of extraordinary talent;
a dazzling acknowledgement of the very driving force which propels the vibrant
iGaming community. Choosing this year’s stars on the ascendant, from within an
industry renowned for nurturing and fostering the most gifted individuals, is
no mean feat, but like every other idol, 2019’s protagonists have distinguished
themselves above and beyond…

Pierre Lindh, founder of iGaming Idol commented, “iGaming
Idol 2019 was the celebration of the mutual understanding between the top
organisations within the iGaming industry, that by promoting the pure talent
that drives the organisations forward, and giving the employees a platform to
be recognised for their hard work, we enable the entire industry to flourish.
I’d like to congratulate all the worthy winners and finalists alike, as well as
all the judges who chose the winners out of the more than 2000 nominees!”

Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome the Idols of 2019…

Olga Finkel from WH Partners, was the first to garner the
Hall of Fame Award, the second award went to Pontus Lindwall of Betsson Group,
and Robin Reed, founder and former CEO of GiG won the third Hall of Fame award.

2019’s CEO of the Year award was won by Martin Carlesund from
Evolution Gaming and Eman Pulis from SiGMA was recognised for his Outstanding
Contribution to the Industry. The Employer Branding of the Year award went to
Kindred Group, and the Employer of the Year was awarded to Hero Gaming. 

This year’s Account Manager Idol is Thomas Bijman of Catena
Media, while George Farantzikos from NetEnt won the Casino Dealer Idol of the
Year award. NetEnt’s Bryan Upton is 2019’s Casino Idol of the Year. Affiliate
Manager Idol of the Year award went to Vera Panczyk from SuprNation. The
Customer Service Idol of the Year award was won by Timo Thronicke from
Videoslots while Design Idol of the Year went to Joseph Xerri from Genesis
Global Limited.

The Compliance and Regulated Markets Idol of the Year award was
won by Sara Condo of Jackpotjoy Group, and Jill Bergforth from Mr Green was crowned
as the Copywriter Idol of the Year. The Developer Idol of the Year, a new
category for 2019, was won by Jevon Demanuele of GiG.

The Fraud and Risk Idol of 2019 is Yan Grech from Jackpotjoy
Group while Ashley-Christian Hardy of GiG won the Manager Idol of the year. Office
Management Idol of the Year is Keith Caruana of Kindred Group and the
Recruitment Idol of the Year award went to Martina Pugliesi of Catena Media.
Lars Kollind of Playson Games is the new Sales Idol of the Year.  The
SEO Idol of the Year was awarded to Koen Bongers of Blexr. Kenneth Christiansen
from LeoVegas Careers is 2019’s VIP Idol of the year.

Identifying and
recognising excellence

In an industry as innovative and progressive as the iGaming sector, rewarding absolute excellence is not only justified but essential. Through its intricate processes, iGaming Idol seeks to recognise outstanding accomplishments, while offering the perfect backdrop for the industry to identify, celebrate and award its most gifted and accomplished idols.


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