The GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are the casino industry’s most prestigious awards for technology, products and services that enhance the gaming experience. The honors are designed to recognize and encourage innovation and technology in the rapidly changing gaming industry. Winners of the 2018 G&T Awards will be announced at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and published in the November 2018 issue of Global Gaming Business magazine. Individual presentations will be made in the winners’ booths at G2E on October 10.
Roger Gros, publisher of GGB, explains why the GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are the top award recognition of the industry’s technology initiatives.
“The Gaming & Technology Awards have long been recognized as the gold standard for technology companies in the gaming industry,” he says. “And by presenting the awards at G2E, the GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are able to convey ‘Best of Show’ winners at G2E. And since G2E is the most prestigious show in the gaming industry, the presentation of these awards at G2E elevates the winners and all nominees to the top level of gaming suppliers.”
In the past, winners of the GGB Gaming & Technology Awards have gone on to revolutionize the casino industry, set high standards on the slot floor, and set benchmarks for quality casino games.
And this year, a fifth category has been added: Best Interactive Product. With the spread of gaming online and in social gaming, this product can be anything a player accesses via computer, mobile phone or electronic device. It can be a social game or casino, an app that interacts with customers, an innovation in online gaming, or other ways to stay in touch with players.
“There are so many new products that transcend the casino floor, it became mandatory that we recognize this innovative area of the gaming industry,” says Gros.
Judges for the awards this year are: Claudia Winkler, president, GH Consulting; Rob Russell, gaming analyst, Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.; Frank Neborsky, general manager, Downs Racetrack & Casino; Gerhard Burda, president and CEO, ESCAPES Advisory Services; Skyelar Perkins, senior director of corporate slot operations, Choctaw Casinos; and Cliff Paige, slot director, South Point Casino Hotel.
GGB GAMING & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2017
The winners of the 17th Annual GGB Gaming and Technology Awards presented at G2E 2017 were:
Best Consumer Service Technology
• Gold Medal: JACK Entertainment for GT Connect
• Silver Medal: JCM Global for FUZION
Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology
• Gold Medal: Scientific Games for iVIEW 4
• Silver Medal: The Rainmaker Group for grouprev
Best Slot Product
• Gold Medal: Konami Gaming Inc. for Beat Square
• Silver Medal: AGS for Orion
Best Table Game Product or Innovation
• Gold Medal: Gamblit Gaming for Gamblit Poker LIVE
• Silver Medal: TCSJohnHuxley for Qorex Gameball