Any awards for social casino based on performance in the previous year are going to be contested by a small pool of leading operators, but Playtika stands out from peers such as DoubleDown and Big Fish.
The Caesars subsidiary has enjoyed another stellar year of continued growth, with interactive net revenue up to $194.5m in the third quarter of 2015, of which $183.5m was generated from social gaming. Daily and daily active users rose nine per cent to 6,144,000 over the same period. It’s one of the few companies to successfully combine a number of disparate social apps into a single entity, combining a multi-brand approach with a centralised management structure.
Its top management retains control over the business, while the individual components work with a degree of autonomy – iGaming operators preparing to complete mergers or acquisitions in the coming year should take notice.
Sports Betting Operator of the Year: bet365
Poker Operator of the Year: PokerStars
Bingo Operator of the Year: Gala Coral
Social Casino Operator of the Year: Playtika
Casino Operator of the Year: LeoVegas
Lottery Operator of the Year: Veikkaus
Fantasy Sports Operator of the Year: FanDuel
Poker Supplier of the Year: Playtech
Fantasy Sports Supplier of the Year: DraftDay
Sports Betting Supplier of the Year: Betradar
Casino Supplier of the Year: NetEnt
Bingo Supplier of the Year: Playtech
Lottery Supplier of the Year: Scientific Games
One to Watch Award: EveryMatrix
Socially Responsible Operator of the Year: Gala Coral