HIPTHER Announces Online Voting Session for GamingTECH Awards 2024, Leading to the Grand Event at the Prague Gaming & TECH Summit

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HIPTHER, leading event organizer specializing in the Gaming and Technology sectors, is excited to announce the Online Voting Session for the prestigious GamingTECH Awards 2024. This year, the Awards honouring excellence in GameTech in Central and Eastern Europe, will take place at the highly anticipated Prague Gaming & TECH Summit on 26 March.

The GamingTECH Awards is a celebration of industry excellence in the CEE region. Embracing the latest advancements and trends, the awards highlight exceptional achievements across various categories, from companies of a global calibur.

Following the Online Nomination Period that took place between 16 October – 31 December, 2023, the time has come for all the Nominees to be revealed and offered for the Online Voting Session which will determine the Shortlists for each Category.

The Online Voting Process

The Online voting session will run between 12-29 February, 2024, and the Online Voting System is open and ready to receive your votes here. The platform allows one vote per IP address every 24 hours, so get your devices ready, and start voting for your company or favourite nominees!

The Shortlists Announcement is scheduled for 4 March, 2024.


GamingTECH Awards Categories

HIPTHER has introduced four strategic Category Sections covering all critical aspects of Gaming operations and technology: two Operator Categories, six B2B Sports Betting & Casino Categories, four Auxiliary Service Provider Categories focusing on Affiliate Marketing, Payments and Testing Laboratories, and one special Category for the Top Supporter of Responsible Gambling.


All GamingTECH Awards 2024 Categories:

  1. Best Support for Responsible Gambling
  2. Best Testing Laboratory
  3. Best Payments Service Provider
  4. Best Affiliate
  5. Best Affiliate Program
  6. Best Sports Betting Provider
  7. Rising Star – Sports Betting Technology
  8. Best Esports Service Provider
  9. Best Online Casino Platform
  10. Rising Star – Online Casino Technology
  11. Online Casino Innovator
  12. Best Online Casino
  13. Best Sports Betting Operator

Final Vote & Ceremony – The “Endorphina Club & GamingTECH CEE Awards 2024 Ceremony”

The Final Vote will be cast during the Prague Gaming & TECH Summit by its participants on 26 March 2024. The Winners will be announced and awarded the same day in an exclusive evening gathering – the Endorphina Club networking party – that promises to be a highlight of the year for the gaming and technology industry in Central and Eastern Europe. Introduced in 2023, this event is back by popular demand, thanks to the overwhelming response it received.

Hosted and sponsored by Endorphina, a leading name in the iGaming industry, this gathering is a perfect opportunity for professionals, enthusiasts, and experts to meet for an unforgettable night celebrating the industry’s Winners and coming together.


Make sure to cast your votes in the Online Voting Session and Stay Tuned for the Shortlists Announcements!

Join us at the Prague Gaming & TECH Summit for the GamingTECH Awards 2024, to promote your company, network and learn from the brightest minds and professionals of Gaming and Technology!


Soft2Bet CEO Uri Poliavich Shortlisted for Executive of the Year at Global Gaming Awards 2024

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Soft2Bet, the rapidly expanding casino and sportsbook operator and platform provider, announced that CEO & Founder Uri Poliavich has been shortlisted in the Executive of the Year category at the Global Gaming Awards EMEA 2024.

Poliavich commented: “I am incredibly grateful to have been shortlisted for this award. This is a reflection of our tremendous accomplishments last year in product development and global expansion, as well as our team’s dedication to innovating and setting a higher standard as a visionary iGaming platform provider. I believe the gaming industry is at an inflection point, and I can’t wait to see where our team can go from here.”

Regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the gaming industry, the Global Gaming Awards recognize and reward the strongest and most innovative performances of individuals and companies pushing the boundaries and helping the industry’s advancement. The Shortlist was decided after a rigorous process, and the winners will be selected by a panel of industry executives with KPMG independently adjudicating the entire voting process to ensure transparency and fairness.

Uri Poliavich’s exceptional leadership has been at the core of Soft2Bet’s innovative spirit since he first founded the company in 2016. With Uri at the helm, Soft2Bet has grown from a small team into a leading global B2B and B2C iGaming company and developed revolutionary new solutions, including the company’s new Motivational Engineering Gaming Application (MEGA). In the past year alone, Poliavich has led Soft2Bet’s expansion into seven new markets and tripled the company’s EBITDA through a clear strategic vision and by fostering a cohesive team culture focused on growth and innovation.


ZywOo Wins Counter Strike Player of the Year at the HLTV Award Show

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The HLTV Award Show, presented by 1xBet, has awarded Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut the coveted Player of the Year award for a record-breaking third time. ZywOo, along with Team Vitality, who also won the Team of the Year award, have been a force to be reckoned with in 2023, having won the last-ever CS:GO Major in Paris. The French player also took home more accolades than anyone else this evening, winning AWPer of the Year and Highlight of the Year in the Panel Awards.

The HLTV Award Show, the most prestigious awards show in Counter Strike, has seen some of the best talent in Counter Strike recognised for their fantastic contributions to the sport and the community. This included Nigma Galaxy winning Women’s Team of the Year, the ever-popular Nikola “NiKo” Kovač winning Opener of the Year, and Danny “zonic” Sørensen for Coach of the Year. Robin “ropz” Kool also achieved his highest HLTV ranking this year by placing in the top three, and also taking home the Closer of the Year Award.



On display at the award show was HLTV’s first ever photo exhibition, consisting of 75 photos spanning the entire history of Counter Strike, carefully selected by HLTV journalist and photographer, Lucas Aznar Miles.

The top 20 players from the past year were also gifted custom keycaps, so that players can take them away and actively play with a piece of CS history, and was also featured on HLTV’s Instagram page.

These awards stand as a beacon of recognition for the outstanding achievements and contributions within the competitive Counter-Strike community. Now closing off its third edition, the HLTV Award Show is a curated program that showcases the pinnacle of skill, dedication, and sportsmanship in the world of Counter-Strike.

The winners for the HLTV Awards in each category are as follows:

Player of the Year

  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

Women’s Player of the Year

  • Ana “ANa” Dumbravă

Team of the Year

  • Team Vitality

Women’s Team of the Year

  • Nigma Galaxy

Rookie of the Year

  • Guy “NertZ” Iluz

The Panel Awards were voted on by community peers including five members of HLTV’s newsroom, ten on-air talent members, and 20 representatives from the best teams of 2023. The winners of the Panel Awards are as follows:

Highlight of the Year

  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

Opener of the Year

  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač

Closer of the Year

  • Robin “ropz” Kool

Anchor of the Year

  • Emil “Magisk” Reif

AWPer of the Year

  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

IGL of the Year

  • Dan “apEX” Madesclaire

Coach of the Year

  • Danny “zonic” Sørensen

The winners of the Community Awards voted on by members of the HLTV community are as follows:

Talent of the Year:

  • Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill

Event of the Year:

  • BLAST.tv Paris Major

Creator of the Year:

  • 3kliksphilip

Streamer of the Year:

  • Ohnepixel

“This year’s awards were a fantastic celebration of excellence, and ZywOo is very deserving of the Player of the Year Award. His exceptional performance in 2023 has not only solidified his status as a standout player but will also make a lasting impact on the history of competitive Counter Strike. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees who have all contributed to the community and we look forward to welcoming them back next year, as we gear up for another year of memorable moments in Counter-Strike.” – Zvonimir Burazin, Head of Operations, HLTV

For more information and highlights from this year’s award show, check out the HLTV Award Show page.


UltraPlay PR: Finalist at IGA

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UltraPlay is proud to announce being shortlisted in four distinguished categories at the upcoming International Gaming Awards (IGA) 2024. The nominations, namely for eSports Innovator of the Year, iGaming Software Supplier, Multi-Channel Provider of the Year, and Sports Betting Platform of the Year, underscore UltraPlay’s consistent dedication to innovation and excellence in the gaming industry. The International Gaming Awards ceremony, set to take place at The Savoy Hotel in London at the beginning of February, is a significant event that celebrates outstanding achievements in the gaming sector. UltraPlay is honored to be recognized in multiple categories, reflecting the company’s diverse contributions, from groundbreaking advancements in eSports to providing state-of-the-art iGaming solutions and establishing a leadership position in multi-channel and sports betting platforms.

As a testament to its commitment to corporate social responsibility, UltraPlay is not only anticipating the awards ceremony but is also proud to announce its sponsorship of the event and of the category “Mobile Operator of the Year”. Beyond recognition and accolades, the IGA serves as a platform for industry leaders to join forces in supporting charitable causes. The funds raised during the ceremony will contribute to impactful philanthropic initiatives, aligning with UltraPlay’s belief in the positive impact that the gaming industry can have beyond entertainment.

UltraPlay expresses gratitude to the International Gaming Awards for acknowledging its efforts and providing a platform to showcase innovation and dedication. The company looks forward to engaging with industry peers, sharing insights, and celebrating collective achievements at the upcoming event.

The gaming community, clients, and partners have been instrumental in UltraPlay’s journey, and the company extends its appreciation for their ongoing support. Stay tuned for updates as UltraPlay prepares to attend the International Gaming Awards 2024 and thanks everyone for being part of this exciting journey.



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A two-day conference and exhibition for the gaming industry, together with the debut of the Italian Gaming Awards: to examine in depth the reality of a sector of central importance for the country. “The sustainable future of gaming” is the title of the first edition of the Italian Gaming Expo & Conference (Ige). The new B2B event dedicated to the Italian gaming industry which will take place on April, 18-19 2024, in the Palazzo dei Congressi, in Rome.

But waiting to celebrate the event, the Italian Gaming Awards 2024 (Iga) have just started, which will accompany the April event (with the awards ceremony in a gala evening on April, the 18th at the Spazio Novecento in Rome), for which companies leading the Italian market can already present their applications for. In total there are 20 award categories, aimed at operators, suppliers and more (Info and nominations on www. italiangamingawards .com)

Therefore, this is a debut for lge (but for Iga too) in the national panorama of events and an initiative focused on content, offering a unique opportunity to study in depth the main themes that will lead gaming world in the coming months and years, to define the approach guidelines for companies that want to look to the future, to innovation, to sustainability.

The event offers two days of in-depth analysis on all aspects interesting the stakeholders of one of the most important gaming markets in Europe and in the world. Right around the time in which the Government and Parliament started the reform process that will lead to the birth of a new sector, through the rewriting of the rules governing it, and the issuing of tenders for the renewal of all concessions.

“2024 will be a strategic year for the Italian gaming industry and the event will in turn be strategic for the industry and for the entire ecosystem”, Simona Clarizio, Head of Ige, with over 20 years of experience within the Fiera Milano group and in the organization of b2b events, explains “Ige therefore looks to the future of gaming in Italy: a future that wants and must be fully sustainable – the manager adds – This is in fact the challenge that concerns all interested parties in the sector reform process”.

The two days of Ige will be dedicated to the C-levels of the gaming market who, together with institutions, experts, scholars, opinion leaders, influencers, will meet to stimulate dialogue on the main themes that will lead the industry. One of the main targets of the event is to allow participants to meet and discuss with experts, opinion leaders, scholars and some of the best C-levels at national and international level, to find new ideas and solutions that look at the growth and development of its own business.


Technology, innovation, sustainability

In an evolutionary context in which technology rules, it is essential to base any type of comparison on a precise analysis of the state of the art of the sector, passing through the more general one of the world of work and the economy, in order to be able to truly outline those next steps that everyone will have to aim for in 2024 and beyond. Indeed, especially beyond: given that the new rules that will be written by the legislator in the coming months will shape the future of the industry in the medium-long term. For this reason, in this first edition of the Italian Gaming Expo & Conference, the organization has decided to bring attention to other less explored areas in gaming, relating to the world of Supply Chain and Procurement managers, CFOs and Hr executive directors to understand more and more how the dynamics of the value chain, Esg (Environmental, social, and corporate governance) models, Diversity & Inclusion and new organizational processes are imposing a crucial change of pace towards sustainability and digital transformation.

In addition to exploring the main trends of interest to the industry that will radically shape its approach: from the metaverse to artificial intelligence, from blockchain to digital payments, which are added to the endemic and regulatory trend topics, such as the fight against matchfixing, the relaunching of the horse racing sector and esports regulation.

The event, dedicated to the Italian industry, will however have a clearly international profile, with a part of the agenda also designed for the international public, with a series of cross-cutting nature subjects and a series of influences of other global realities. In this sense, the partnership signed with the network of professionals of Imgl – The International Masters of Gaming Law, which will organize two Master Classes within Ige, and the media partnerships with the main international gaming organizations, such as Sbc Media, InterGame, Casino Magazine, and more play a strategic role.


An exceptional Scientific Committee

As regards the content and general organisation, the event can rely on an exceptional scientific committee capable of bringing together experts, scholars and professionals of various profiles and international fame. Like Lucio Lamberti, professor of Marketing analytics and analytics for Business Lab at the Politecnico di Milano as well as scientific director of the Metaverse Marketing Lab; Francesco Rodano, Playtech’s chief policy officer and former online gaming regulatorQuirino Mancini, president of Imgl, global head of the gaming and hambling Practice Group and partner of Tonucci&PartnersLudovico Calvi, honorary chairman of United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports – UlisGianluca Comandini, Italian entrepreneur, university professor and technological communicator expert in fintech and new mediaCarlo Alberto Carnevale Maffè, Professor of Strategies at the Università Bocconi Sda and Matteo Caroli, professor of International Business Management at the Università Luiss Guido Carli of Rome. In a perfect balance between industry and academy.


An event within the event: the Italian Gaming Awards

As mentioned, Ige’s will not be the only debut on the Italian gaming market. The first edition of the Italian Gaming Awards (Iga) will enhance the event. A special evening to reward the excellence of Italian gaming and the best best practices in the sector, in an exceptional location, full of charm, like Spazio Novecento. Between music, entertainment, good food. And lots of networking.

The event will be coordinated by a Scientific Committee and the voting will be carried out by a jury of experts bringing together international sector professionals, scholars also from different sectors and the world of information, through a certified software platform and a procedure of professional, highly reliable and transparent selection.

Applications by companies (Free!) can be sent from 1 December to 29 February 2024. While the evaluation process by the judges will take place from 1 to 30 March 2024. With the celebrations and awards that will take place in the gala evening organized in the Ige’s first evening, April, the 18, 2024, at the Spazio Novecento, a few steps from Palazzo dei Congressi, which hosts the conference.


International experience and profile

The Italian Gaming Expo & Conference is promoted by the Gn Media publishing group, active for 15 years in the world of gaming at an international level. Thanks to its world-class network, it assures direct access and a point of contact with the entire gaming industry, giving voice and participation to thousands of users. Through the GiocoNews .it and EsportsMag .it networks, over 1 million people are reached per month, using these publications for their daily work. Representing a real point of reference for gaming world, one of a kind in Italy. This assures deep penetration into the sector and an exclusive audience.

But in addition to the group’s networks, the Italian Gaming Expo & Conference will be supported by an integrated communication strategy, that will allow maximum prominence both within the industry and outside. In fact, Ige can rely on Media Partnerships with the main newspapers and press agencies in the sector, at a national and international level, as well as the support and cooperation of the organizers of global events. Furthermore, it will be supported by an ad hoc communication campaign, which will allow it to have prominence in the main national newspapers, thanks to the strategic partnership with the ItalCommunications group.


SoftGamings Makes the Cut: Nominated for Platform Provider of the Year at Global Gaming Awards 2024

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SoftGamings has proudly secured a nomination for Platform Provider of the Year at the prestigious Global Gaming Awards 2024. This recognition is a testament to the team’s unwavering pursuit of excellence and innovation in the iGaming industry.

The Global Gaming Awards is known for celebrating achievement and innovation in iGaming, with its awards ceremony putting emphasis on the best-performing companies across the past twelve months, especially in the EMEA region. SoftGamings’ inclusion on this distinguished shortlist not only honours their past achievements but also propels the company forward as a rightful leader in the online gaming sector.

SoftGamings’ solutions for online casinos, ranging from turnkey and ‘white-label’ solutions to API game aggregation, banking and sportsbook platforms, have already secured one prestigious award for the company this year. The company’s victories in the Best Platform 2023 category at SiGMA Europe and Eurasia Awards 2023 provide a perfect prelude to the expectations SoftGamings has for Global Gaming Awards 2024.

“We are immensely proud and honoured by this nomination from Global Gaming Awards,” the Head of Partnerships for SoftGamings, Anna Kiselova, said. “It reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire team at SoftGamings. It’s not just a milestone for us but a recognition of our commitment to excellence in the iGaming industry and obliges us to keep pushing the boundaries of our solutions.”

The award ceremony promises to be a significant event, bringing together global gaming professionals including SoftGamings’ representatives. The team is excited about the prospect of winning, a recognition that would further the company’s commitment to excellence in iGaming.

For more information about SoftGamings and our services, visit SoftGamings .com.


iGB Affiliate secure ‘Rock Star’ SEO Expert Aleyda Solis to speak at 2024 show

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Clarion Gaming, organisers of iGB Affiliate (6-9 February, 2024, ExCeL London) have confirmed renowned international SEO expert Aleyda Solis as one of the show’s headline speakers. 

Named as one of the 10 Most Influential SEO Experts of 2022 by List Wire from USA Today, Aleyda will be sharing her powerful insight with a presentation entitled ‘Keys for SEO Success in 2024’.

Naomi Barton, Portfolio Director responsible for iGB Affiliate said: “This is huge news for the affiliate community. Aleyda has been described as an SEO rock star and is one of the foremost experts in the marketing world. I am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to speak at the show, the last one to be held at ExCeL prior to our relocation to Barcelona in 2025.

“Her career is punctuated by a raft of professional accolades with notable mentions from Forbes, Entrepreneur and Hubspot. As event organisers our mission is to deliver new opportunities for iGB Affiliate stakeholders and the fact that Aleyda comes from outside the gaming space means attendees will receive a totally fresh perspective on achieving SEO success.”

She added: “This won’t be an academic or purely theoretical presentation. Aleyda can draw on insight gained from over 15 years of experience undertaking Search Engine Optimisation for European, American and Latin-American companies. SEO consulting delivered via her Orainti agency is guiding a range of businesses from start-ups to multinationals enabling them to grow their organic search visibility and achieve their SEO goals.”

Looking ahead to the exhibition which will feature over 200 exhibitors, Naomi Barton believes ‘The Future Now’ creative theme encapsulates the reasons for attending. She explained: “iGB Affiliate is all about the future, whether that’s facilitating new business connections that count courtesy of iGB INTRODUCING, learning about future markets and future tech at the Pulse Stage, looking to the future at our new Barcelona home, meeting with tech vendors who are making their show debut or absorbing the insight and intelligence from sector leaders such as Aleyda Solis. iGB Affiliate is all about delivering ‘newness’ for all of our attendees and in the process helping them to stay ahead of their competitors.”


BAFTA announces the best games of 2023

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BAFTA released its list of the 60 best games of 2023, selected by over 1,200 BAFTA members, experienced games professionals from across the global industry. The list is the ‘longlist’ for the 2024 BAFTA Games Awards, the industry’s most prestigious awards that celebrate the best games of the year and the people who make them.

Jane Millichip, BAFTA CEO, said: “For 20 years, BAFTA has celebrated great talent in the games industry with the annual BAFTA Games Awards. This year, we hope to amplify that celebration by publishing our Best Games of 2023 list – the longlist for next year’s Awards, as voted for by games industry professionals – just in time to inspire some festive gameplay.”

257 games were entered for consideration by BAFTA members this year, which were all released between 10 December 2022 and 24 November 2023. 60 games are now the running for at least one BAFTA nomination across 17 competitive categories. BAFTA members will begin voting to decide the nominations in the Best Game and British Game categories in January 2024. BAFTA juries will decide the nominations in the other 15 categories. The nominations will be announced on Thursday 7 March 2024. Following the nominations, BAFTA’s games members will vote for the winners in Best Game and British Game, and juries will vote for the winners in the other categories.

The winners will be announced at the 2024 BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 11 April. BAFTA’s annual Awards is one of the biggest events in the international games calendar, attended by the industry and reaching an audience of millions online.

The 60 best games of the year (longlist), in alphabetical order:

  • Alan Wake 2 (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Music, Narrative, Technical Achievement, Performer in a Leading Role, Performer in a Supporting Role)
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage (Animation, Audio Achievement, Music)
  • Atomic Heart (Debut Game)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Multiplayer, Music, Narrative, Technical Achievement, Performer in a Leading Role, Performer in a Supporting Role)
  • Battlefield 2042 (Evolving Game)
  • Bluey: The Videogame (Family)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Audio Achievement, Multiplayer, Technical Achievement)
  • Cassette Beasts (British Game)
  • Chants of Sennaar (Game Beyond Entertainment, New Intellectual Property)
  • COCOON (Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Debut Game, Family, Game Design, New Intellectual Property)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Evolving Game, Performer in a Supporting Role)
  • DAVE THE DIVER (Best Game, Debut Game, Family, Game Design, Narrative, New Intellectual Property)
  • Dead Island 2 (British Game)
  • Deliver Us Mars (Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • Diablo IV (Artistic Achievement, Multiplayer, Music, Narrative)
  • Disney Illusion Island (British Game, Family, Multiplayer)
  • DREDGE (Best Game, Debut Game, Game Design, Narrative, New Intellectual Property)
  • EA SPORTS FC 24 (Family, Multiplayer)
  • EA SPORTS WRC (British Game)
  • En Garde! (Debut Game)
  • F1 23 (British Game)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Online (Evolving Game)
  • FINAL FANTASY XVI (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Music, Narrative, Technical Achievement, Performer in a Leading Role, Performer in a Supporting Role)
  • Football Manager 2024 (British Game)
  • Fortnite (Evolving Game)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Evolving Game)
  • Forza Motorsport (Multiplayer)
  • Genshin Impact (Evolving Game)
  • Goodbye Volcano High (Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • Hi-Fi RUSH (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Family, Music, New Intellectual Property)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Family, Game Design, Music, Narrative, Technical Achievement)
  • Horizon Call of the Mountain (Technical Achievement)
  • Jusant (Game Beyond Entertainment, New Intellectual Property)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Music, Narrative, Technical Achievement)
  • LEGO 2K Drive (Family, Multiplayer)
  • Lies of P (New Intellectual Property)
  • Lords of the Fallen (Debut Game)
  • The Making of Karateka (Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Evolving Game)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Music, Technical Achievement, Performer in a Leading Role, Performer in a Supporting Role)
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (Multiplayer)
  • No Man’s Sky (Evolving Game)
  • Party Animals (Multiplayer)
  • Planet of Lana (Debut Game)
  • Sea of Stars (New Intellectual Property)
  • Sea of Thieves (Evolving Game)
  • Sonic Superstars (Family)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (Animation, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Music, Narrative, Performer in a Leading Role, Performer in a Supporting Role)
  • Starfield (Narrative, New Intellectual Property, Technical Achievement)
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (Debut Game)
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Animation, Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Family, Game Design, Multiplayer)
  • Tchia (Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • Terra Nil (Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (British Game)
  • Thirsty Suitors (Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • Tron: Identity (British Game)
  • Venba (Debut Game, Game Beyond Entertainment)
  • Viewfinder (British Game, Debut Game, Game Beyond Entertainment, Game Design, New Intellectual Property, Technical Achievement)
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin (British Game)


The 60 best games of the year (longlist), in order of no. of times longlisted:

Baldur’s Gate 3 (15)
Alan Wake 2 (14)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (10)
Hogwarts Legacy (9)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (8)
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (7)
Hi-Fi RUSH (6)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (6)
Viewfinder (6)
Diablo IV (4)
Assassin’s Creed Mirage (3)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (3)
Disney Illusion Island (3)
Starfield (3)
Chants of Sennaar (2)
Cyberpunk 2077 (2)
Jusant (2)
LEGO 2K Drive (2)
Venba (2)
Atomic Heart (1)
Battlefield 2042 (1)
Bluey: The Videogame (1)
Cassette Beasts (1)
Dead Island 2 (1)
Deliver Us Mars (1)
EA Sports WRC (1)
En Garde! (1)
F1 23 (1)
Final Fantasy XIV: Online (1)
Football Manager 2024 (1)
Fortnite (1)
Forza Horizon 5 (1)
Forza Motorsport (1)
Genshin Impact (1)
Goodbye Volcano High (1)
Horizon Call of the Mountain (1)
Lies of P (1)
Lords of the Fallen (1)
The Making of Katateka (1)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1)
Mortal Kombat 1 (1)
No Man’s Sky (1)
Party Animals (1)
Planet of Lana (1)
Sea of Stars (1)
Sea of Thieves (1)
Sonic Superstars (1)
Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (1)
Tchia (1)
Terra Nil (1)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1)
Thirsty Suitors (1)
Tron: Identity (1)
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin (1)

Top 10s in four awards categories:


S8UL bags ‘Esports Content Creator of the Year’ award consecutively for the second year at the ‘Esports Awards’23’

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In a remarkable feat for the second consecutive year, S8UL, India’s leading Esports organization, has secured the prestigious ‘Esports Content Creator of the Year’ award at the Global Esports Awards 2023 on Friday night in Las Vegas. S8UL has established its position as a trailblazer not only in the Indian Esports community but on the international stage as well.

The brainchild of Esports industry veterans Naman Mathur (Mortal), Animesh Agarwal (8Bit Thug), and Lokesh Jain (Goldy), S8UL made history by outshining global contenders such as Christian ‘IWDominate’ Rivera, Timothy ‘ITZTIMMY’ An, The Score Esports, One True King, Judo Sloth, Last Free Nation, Loud, Tribo Gaules and other well-renowned names. This victory marks a significant milestone for S8UL and elevates the stature of Indian Esports worldwide.

Lokesh Jain aka Goldy, Co-Founder of S8UL and 8Bit Creatives shared his thoughts right after the coveted win, “Winning the ‘Content Group of the Year’ award last year was an incredible milestone for us, and to follow it up with another one this year is beyond words to express our gratitude. This achievement is a testament to our dedication, the hard work of our creators, and the endless support from our fans. S8UL has changed the way gaming and content is perceived in India. We are not just creating content but we are shaping the future of Indian Esports & gaming creators economy on a global scale.”

Since its very inception, S8UL has been the frontrunner of gaming content in India. With a clear vision, they have brought together some of the best gaming content creators under one umbrella to create engaging and entertaining gaming content, which is enjoyed every day by millions of their loyal viewers.

The high calibre of their Esports talent which includes Mortal, Scout, Payal, Mamba, Snax, Rega, Krutika, Sidd, Kaashvi, and many more is evident from the various Esports titles they have been winning over the years including the inaugural ‘Global Impact on Mobile Gaming’ award at the MOBIES earlier this year.

“Winning in this difficult category twice, against some of the biggest names in the industry is a surreal feeling. These milestones let us know that we are on the right path with our vision and also give all of us something to celebrate at a time when the industry is undergoing significant transformations. This victory rounds off yet another historic year for the community. Thank you to the incredible team, our fans, and everyone who believed in us! We are ready for even greater things in 2024! Onwards & Upwards, as always.” said Animesh Agarwal aka 8Bit Thug, Co-Founder of S8UL and 8Bit Creatives.

Besides S8UL, Naman ‘Mortal’ Mathur, the co-founder and widely regarded as the ‘Face of Indian Gaming and Esports’ has also been nominated for the ‘Esports Personality of the Year’ category at the awards. The award was claimed by Disguised Toast.

Mortal has consistently been representing Indian Esports at the global Esports Awards, having been nominated for the ‘Esports Personality of the Year’ last year. Prior to that, he had won second place for the Streamer of the Year for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021.

“Being the only Indian organization to win not once but twice at the Esports Awards is a moment of pride not just for us but for the entire Indian Esports fraternity. This award recognizes the incredible work of our talented creators, team players, and the incredible support from our fans who have been religiously watching our content for the past few years. It gives us immense pride to witness S8UL’s innovative and exceptional content redefining the gaming content landscape of the country and propelling its growth. We are motivated to continue defying expectations and revolutionizing the gaming landscape globally,” said Naman Mathur aka Mortal, Co-Founder, S8UL who was there and collected the award on behalf of S8UL at the award night.

Dedicated to showcasing top-class performance and innovation, the Esports Awards recognises excellence in Esports and ensures that success and achievement of Indian Esports is celebrated globally. The 2023 edition of the awards was hosted in Las Vegas where prominent names from the Esports community all over the world were in attendance.

Going into what promises to be another exciting year for Indian Esports, S8UL will continue reshaping the landscape of gaming content and setting new benchmarks on the international stage.


2rbo Affiliates Shortlisted for Best Newcomer at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024

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2rbo Affiliates, a standout casino and sportsbook affiliate program, is thrilled to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Best Newcomer category at the iGB Affiliate Awards 2024. This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and strong partnerships that the team at 2rbo Affiliates has built since its launch in 2023.

Jonjo Walsh, Affiliate Manager at 2rbo Affiliates, said, “Being shortlisted for the Best Newcomer category is an incredible achievement for our team. We’ve put in a lot of effort, built strong connections with our partners, and it’s gratifying to see recognition for all our hard work. A big thank you to everyone involved, and to iGB Affiliate for shortlisting us.”

2rbo Affiliates, launched in 2023, operates under four licenses (SGA, MGA, DE, and IE) and manages seven licensed brands. The company offers a range of pricing models, flexible commissions, and no negative carryover, providing a reliable return on affiliates’ efforts. A stellar ReferOn platform ensures easy and efficient affiliate management.

The iGB Affiliate Awards 2024 are part of the iGB Affiliate London 2024 event, designed to celebrate individuals and teams in affiliate marketing and iGaming. The awards will take place following the second day of iGB Affiliate London on 8 February 2024.