A roll-call of outstanding talent’ is how Naomi Barton, Portfolio Director responsible for iGB Affiliate, described the shortlist of entries for the 2024 Awards which are being held on Thursday 8 February at the Grade II-listed Art Deco Troxy music venue in East London.
The black-tie Awards ceremony which features a three-course sit down dinner and an entertainment-packed evening are the last to be held in London prior to iGB Affiliate’s relocation to Barcelona, with organisers reporting huge early demand for table bookings as the international igaming affiliate community prepares to say goodbye to London in style.
Looking ahead to the prestigious evening Naomi Barton said: “It’s totally fitting that the last iGB Affiliate Awards to be held in London has attracted a record 338 submissions from across the international community.
“The Awards are an integral part of the iGB Affiliate experience and celebrate everything that’s so unique and compelling about the igaming affiliate sector, recognising the industry’s outstanding individuals, brands, games, networks, tech vendors and marketing campaigns.
“It promises to be another inspirational Awards evening and a perfect way to complement the exhibition which will feature circa 155 exhibitors occupying 11,757 square metres of space and a raft of show initiatives created to highlight new strategies, new partnerships, new sectors and new jurisdictions all culminating in the delivery of new business opportunities for the thousands of customers who will be part of what will be an historic edition of iGB Affiliate.”
Claire Wellard, CEO of affiliate management consultancy iGamingXL and a member of the 21-strong external judging panel, selected for their expertise and specialist industry knowledge, confirmed: “As always, it’s a pleasure to be part of the judging process for the iGB Affiliate Awards. I love seeing the developments from all of these companies in innovation and growth. The step change in the quality of the submissions across all the categories with which I was involved as a judge this year reinforces the view of this sector as one that is in rude health and poised to go from strength to strength in 2024”.
Fellow judge, Vicki Reed, Founder, Better Change, added: “It was encouraging to read about some of the impressive and unique innovations by affiliates in the area of safer gambling. Such initiatives are set to become more integral to igaming’s ongoing repositioning of itself as a more sustainable sector with responsible play at the heart of its operations and strategy”.
For more information on iGB Affiliate London and the iGB Affiliate Awards visit https://london .igbaffiliate .com
iGB Affiliate Awards Shortlist
The shortlist for the categories open to the industry to nominate or vote on in the 2024 iGB Affiliate Awards comprises:
Safer Gambling Initiative of the Year: Casino Guru, Gamblers Connect, GiG Media, OneTwenty Group. Marketing Campaign of the Year: Betanddeal, Casino Guru for TikTok Marketing, Checkd Group and William Hill. Best Casino Affiliate: Casino Guru, Gambling .com Group, GiG Media, Moonshot Marketing Ltd, Mr. Gamble, OLBG QiH Group, Slotsjudge, Vita Media Group. Best Sports Betting Affiliate: Better Collective, Checkd Group, Gambling .com Group, GiG Media, Oddschecker, OLBG, Skores Media, Spotlight Sports Group. Best Bingo Affiliate: BingoPort, FTD Digital, WhichBingo. Best Poker Affiliate: Mypokercoaching, Onlinepoker .se, PokerNews, Worldpokerdeals. Best Streaming Affiliate: Betanddeal, Kingbet Media, Scratch Card Joe, Theslotbeasts/TheslotbeastsNL. Best Crypto Affiliate: CoinGambling, Crypto Lists Ltd, Find.co (CryptoManiaks, CCN), Gamblineers. Affiliate Employer of the Year: Better Collective, Betting Hero, Blexr Limited, Gaming Innovation Group,
QiH Group, TAG Media.
Best Affiliate Manager: Abi Williamson – Bet365 Partners, Björn Marsman – Chilli Partners, George Gerakanakis – Novi Affiliates, Joshua Kelly – Bet365 Partners, Kyle Seychell – Chilli Partners, Mira Petrova – VL Partners, Paige Whitaker – Chilli Partners, Radoslaw Baranski – LeoVegas Affiliates, Renee Mate – Rewards Affiliates, Sasha Boerma – Coastline Affiliates, Sharanya Pappu – Excel Affiliates, Stephanie Robinson – Betcoin.ag Affiliates
Best Affiliate Programme: Bet365 Partners, Betfred Affiliates, Betsson Group Affiliates, Bluefox Affiliates, Campeon Affiliates, GGPartners, LeoVegas Affiliates, Merkur Partners, NoviAffiliates by Novibet, SharedBet Affiliates, VL Partners. Best Affiliate Network: Affiliate Roulette, BetAffiliation, CasinoAffiliatePrograms .com, Digidum, Income Access, Matching Visions, WakeApp Partners.
SERVICE PROVIDER CATEGORIES
Best Tech for Affiliate Programmes: Affilka by Softswiss, DeepCI from EveryMatrix, Intelitics Software, MAP, MyAffiliates, PartnerMatrix, Rightlander Ltd
Game of the year (PUBLIC VOTE BASED ON SHORTLIST PROVIDED BY EGAMING MONITOR): Big Bass Bonanza Keeping It Reel (Pragmatic Play), Coin Strike Hold And Win (Playson), Cops N Robbers Big Money (Inspired Entertainment), Fishin Frenzy Even Bigger Catch (Blueprint Gaming), Football Cash Collect (Playtech), Gold Blitz (Fortune Factory Studios), Golden Dragon Inferno (Betsoft Gaming), Rip City (Hacksaw Gaming), Rise Of Olympus 100 (Play’n GO), Super Stars (NetEnt).
Best Digital Agency: Affiverse, Revpanda, TAG Media, Teamwork, WakeApp.
ALL COMPANIES (AFFILIATES, PROGRAMMES, NETWORKS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS)
Innovator of the Year: BetAffiliation, Betanddeal, Checkd Group, DeepCI from EveryMatrix, Kingbet Media, Oddsium, Revpanda. Rising Star: Best Odds (Stram Entertainment Ltd), Betting Hero, Chilli Partners, DeepCI from EveryMatrix, Leon, MioMedia, Revpanda. Best Newcomer: 2rbo Affiliates, Affiliate Roulette, Media 24, TrackBox.ai, Wow Partners.
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Snail Games Enhances Current Game Titles with Exciting New Developments
Snail Inc., a leading global independent developer and publisher of interactive digital entertainment, announced significant strides with the launch of West Hunt on Nintendo Switch and the introduction of ASA Premium Mods for ARK Survival Ascended. These initiatives underscore Snail Games’ unwavering commitment to continuously improving and enhancing its current portfolio of game titles.
West Hunt on Nintendo Switch
Snail Games’ independent game branch, Wandering Wizard, in collaboration with developing studio New Gen, recently launched West Hunt on Nintendo Switch. This highly anticipated game transports players into the heart of the Wild West, enabling them to embark on manhunts wherever they go. The launch of West Hunt on Nintendo Switch marks a significant milestone in Snail Games’ journey, as it extends the game’s reach beyond Steam into the thriving console gaming community.
ASA Premium Mods
Snail Games is also set to introduce ARK Survival Ascended’s Premium Mods program. This innovative initiative revolutionizes the modding landscape by providing unprecedented opportunities for monetization. With one of the most competitive revenue-sharing models in the industry, ARK Survival Ascended’s Premium Mods program ensures that modders are duly recognized and rewarded for their creativity and dedication. Moreover, ASA Premium Mods’ cross-platform compatibility across PC, Xbox, and PlayStation amplifies modders’ reach, enabling them to maximize their earnings and connect with a broader audience. ARK Survival Ascended’s mod program is committed to fostering an environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, and fair compensation for modders. The program aims to be a catalyst for positive change within the modding community, empowering creators to thrive in their craft. The premium mod program has launched on the PC platform with other platforms to follow in time.
“We remain committed to improving and elevating our current portfolio of games, ensuring that every player finds adventure and excitement in our diverse offerings. We embark on these exciting new ventures with our community and partners at the forefront of our strategy,” Jim Tsai, Chief Executive Officer of Snail Games, said.
The Gamemasters Summit: Stellar Speaker Lineup Announced With 30+ Mobile Games Thought Leaders
The Gamemasters Summit, a pioneering digital conference powered by Kwalee and supported by media partner PocketGamer.biz and sponsors AppsFlyer and Embrace, has announced its full speaker lineup. The event will bring together developers, publishers, platforms, agencies, suppliers and talent in mobile games alongside students and graduates.
The one-day online event invites delegates to engage with panel discussions and keynote sessions led by some of the sector’s most influential figures. With both an Expert Track and Emerging Track, The Gamemasters Summit offers a range of sessions and networking opportunities for people at all stages of their career in mobile games, from entry level to C-Suite.
The Gamemasters Summit has a ‘no selling, no BS, opinions welcome’ mandate – so the content and discussion will be original, interesting and useful for all attendees.
A Lineup of Over 30 World Class Speakers and Insightful Panels
The Gamemasters Summit is proud to present an impressive roster of speakers, including industry leaders and innovators who will share their knowledge, experiences and visions for the future of mobile gaming. Highlights include:
Javier Castro, Head of EMEA AppDev Gaming at Google and John Wright, VP of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, who will join forces in the keynote panel to explore the latest trends and challenges facing the mobile games industry in 2024.
Michail Katkoff, Founder of Deconstructor of Fun, and Adam Smart, Director of Product Gaming at AppsFlyer, will also join the keynote to provide their expert analysis on game trends and market strategy, shedding light on the keys to success in the rapidly evolving mobile games market.
Gabriel Stürmer, CEO of Clap Clap Games, will share their journey as a games studio, crafting hit games in collaboration with Kwalee, highlighting the strategies that led to their widespread success.
Allison Bilas, COO at GameAnalytics, will contribute her profound analytics and big data knowledge to the “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming” panel. Her experience with major game studios and tech providers underscores the critical role of data in the success of mobile games.
Vera Karpova, Product Manager at dev-to-dev, Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew and Eberhard Dürrschmid, CEO of Golden Whale Productions GmbH will also join the “Play By Numbers” panel, adding their insights on product analytics and the integration of enterprise-level analytics to support mobile game development.
Nikita Lord, Graduate Partnership Manager at Grads in Games – Aardvark Swift, will speak in the “Forging Your Career in Gaming” session. Nikita’s experience in bridging gaps between industry and academia is crucial for aspiring industry professionals and game developers looking to enter the games industry successfully.
Ben Hopkins, Creative Director at VCCP, and Justin Nield, Creative Solutions Lead at Kayzen, will explore the “Crafting Impact: Mastering the Ad Creative Lifecycle” session. Their combined expertise provides a comprehensive view of developing and optimising creative strategies for impactful advertising in the games industry and this panel will be chaired by Gavin McNicholl, Creative Director at Kwalee.
Harry Lang, VP of Marketing at Kwalee, brings over two decades of expertise to the Gamemasters Summit. Harry will kick off the event with an introduction to The Summit and its agenda, setting the stage for a day of insightful discussion and networking. Furthermore, his session “Beyond the Code: The A to Z of Marketing a Hit Mobile Game” promises to unravel the complexities of marketing in the mobile games industry.
William Cox, Head of Mobile Publishing at Kwalee, will moderate “Game Publishing Unveiled: Strategies for Emerging Developers.” This panel aims to shed light on the intricacies of game publishing, offering emerging developers insights into how they can make their games stand out. Will’s extensive experience in game publishing at Kwalee, Sega and Ubisoft will guide the conversation, providing actionable advice for attendees.
Simon Platt, VP of Kwalee’s Leamington Studio, has been at the forefront of designing and producing hit mobile games, leading Kwalee’s in-house mobile games to over 1 billion downloads. Simon will chair the “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” session, designed for emerging game developers. This discussion will dive into the creative and strategic processes behind successful game development, from ideation to execution.
Eric Futoran, CEO of Embrace and previously a co-founder of Scopely, will discuss how an obsession with delivering flawless player experiences is crucial to any game’s success, and why he is dedicated to helping teams resolve complex app issues quickly.
These speakers, among many others, will provide a comprehensive exploration of the tools, tactics, and innovations shaping the future of mobile game development and publishing. The Gamemasters Summit is an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights from the leading minds in the industry, offering strategic learning, career development, and exclusive networking opportunities.
Engaging Sessions Designed for Every Level of Expertise
The Gamemasters Summit features two distinct tracks catering to both seasoned professionals and newcomers to the industry so there’s something for everyone:
The Expert Track offers advanced insights into topics such as data science, AI in mobile gaming, and monetisation strategies. Sessions include “Play By Numbers: Navigating Data Science and AI in Mobile Gaming,” where panellists like Allison Bilas, COO of GameAnalytics, and Chris Lefebvre, Chief Strategy Officer at ByteBrew, will discuss the integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence in game development and marketing.
The Emerging Track focuses on foundational knowledge and career development, with sessions such as “Crafting Hits: The Blueprint Unveiled” by Simon Platt, Head of Studio (Hybrid) at Kwalee. Attendees will gain insights into the creative process behind developing successful mobile games, from concept ideation to execution.
Join the Leading Innovators In Mobile Gaming
The Gamemasters Summit is not only an event for learning and inspiration but also a prime networking opportunity for professionals looking to connect with peers and industry leaders. With discussions on the latest trends, innovations, and strategies, attendees will be better equipped to navigate the future of mobile gaming.
Join the Gamemasters Summit to connect with these and other industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and explore the latest trends and strategies in the mobile games industry – all this and more at zero cost!
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