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Aristocrat, Light & Wonder Top EKG Slot Awards

Aristocrat Gaming was once again named Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content in the EKG Slot Awards, but Light & Wonder scored the most individual awards this year

Aristocrat, Light & Wonder Top EKG Slot Awards

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming held its sixth annual EKG Slot Awards ceremony last month at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and despite increasing competition in all categories, Aristocrat Gaming won its sixth consecutive nod as Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content.

Aristocrat has owned the overall supplier category, but did not dominate this year’s awards as much as in the past. For instance, Light & Wonder won two more individual awards this year than Aristocrat, scoring seven top nods to Aristocrat’s five.

Aristocrat, though, continues to dominate the overall slot market with another Best Overall Supplier award. “We are honored to have been recognized at this year’s awards and it is something we do not take for granted,” said Hector Fernandez, CEO of Aristocrat Gaming, in a press release the morning after the awards.

“Around the world, our people are leading the charge to differentiate the gaming industry and these accolades are a testament to our talented staff members who are committed to delivering for our customers.”

In addition to the top award, Aristocrat won Top Performing New Core Video for its Fortune Trails game, Top Performing Game-EMEA for Mo’ Mummy: Valley of the Riches, Most Innovative Land-Based Game for NFL Super Bowl Jackpots, and Top Performing Omnichannel Slot for Buffalo, from its Anaxi subsidiary.

Light & Wonder won in the Top Performing New Mechanical Reel Core Game for Blazing 777 Triple Double Jackpot Wild Nudge, Social Slots Game of the Year for SciPlay’s Jackpot Party Casino, Top Performing New Video Cabinet for Cosmic, Top Performing New Cabinet-Premium, also for Cosmic, Top Performing Third Party IP Branded Game for Monsters: Frankenstein, Top Social Casino Operator for SciPlay, and Most Improved Supplier-Premium.

IGT scored three awards, with Mystery of the Lamp Enchanted Palace named Top Performing New Premium Game, Super Hot Roller Poker getting the nod for Top Performing New Video Poker/Keno Game, and Multihand Blackjack Poker and Pairs winning Top Performing New Online Table Game.

Elsewhere, AGS was named Most Improved Supplier-Core. Zitro won Top Performing Game-Latin America for Epic Kingdom. Interblock continued its dominance of the electronic table game category with its nod as Top Performing ETG Supplier. Bluberi won its second EKG Slot Award for Rocket Rumble, named Top Performing Game from an Emerging Supplier.

Evolution won two awards, as Best Overall Supplier of Online Content and Top Performing Online Live Casino Game for Live Dealer Lightning Roulette.

Finally, two new members were inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame. In the Game Development category, William (Si) Redd, founder of IGT and developer of the first successful video poker product, became the second posthumous inductee, following last year’s induction of Charles Fey. In the Slot Operations category, Thomas Mikulich, the legendary slot operations executive who currently heads the slot operations for Station Casinos, was inducted.

WINNERS EILERS & KREJCIK SLOT AWARDS 2024

LAND-BASED AWARDS
Top Performing New Core Video
Coin Trio: Fortune Trails, Aristocrat GamingTop Performing New Mechanical Reel Core Game
Blazing 777 Triple Double Jackpot Wild Nudge, Light & Wonder

Top Performing New Premium Game
Mystery of the Lamp Enchanted Palace, IGT

Top Performing New Video Cabinet – Core
Cosmic, Light & Wonder

Top Performing New Cabinet – Premium
Cosmic, Light & Wonder

Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game
Monsters: Frankenstein, Light & Wonder

Top North American Electronic Table Game (ETG) Supplier
Interblock

Top Performing Video Poker/Keno Game
Super Hot Roll Poker, IGT

Top Performing Game from an Emerging Supplier
Rocket Rumble, Bluberi

Top Performing Game – EMEA
Mo’ Mummy: Valley of the Riches, Aristocrat Gaming

Top Performing Game – Latin America
Epic Kingdom, Zitro

Most Innovative Land-Based Game
NFL Super Bowl Jackpots, Aristocrat Gaming

Most Improved Supplier – Core
AGS

Most Improved Supplier – Premium
Light & Wonder

Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content
Aristocrat Gaming

SOCIAL CASINO AWARDS
Social Slots Game of the Year
Jackpot Party Casino, SciPlay (Light & Wonder)Top Social Casino Operator
SciPlay (Light & Wonder)

iGAMING AWARDS
(Real Money)

Top Performing New Online Slot
Golf Blitz, Games Global/Fortune FactoryTop Performing New Online Table Game
Multihand Blackjack Poker and Pairs, IGT

Top Performing Online Live Casino Game
Live Dealer Lightning Roulette, Evolution

Most Innovative Online Game
Shadow of the Panther Infinity, High 5 Games

Top Performing Omnichannel Slot
Buffalo, Aristocrat/Anaxi

Best Overall Supplier of Online Content
Evolution

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.