NetEnt has dominated this category to such an extent that in recent years, the judging panel has been forced to ask the question: has anyone performed better than NetEnt over the past year?
The answer, yet again, is a resounding no.
While it may have been forced to issue a profit warning in January for its Q4 performance, the company remains on course to see revenue and profit growth for 2017. In the first three quarters of the year, it signed deals with 21 new operators and launched 14 of them.
It opened in new markets such as Mexico, the US and the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, it strengthened its live casino and mobile product, and it continued to launch game after innovative game.
NetEnt refused to stick to an established formula with games such as Finn and the Swirly Spin, which abandoned the traditional tumbling reels in favour of a groovy spiral. NetEnt remains the casino supplier to beat.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: BLUEPRINT GAMING
GIA 2018 Winners:
Sports betting operator of the year - Sky Betting & Gaming
Poker operator of the year - PokerStars
Bingo operator of the year - Stride Gaming
Casino operator of the year - PokerStars Casino
Social casino operator of the year - Aristocrat Leisure
Lottery operator of the year - La Française des Jeux
One to watch – operator award - VideoSlots
Operator innovation award - The Stars Group - Stars Rewards
eSports operator of the year - Pinnacle
Marketing campaign of the year - LeoVegas - Hitta.se
Social casino supplier of the year - Scientific Games
Sports betting supplier of the year - SBTech
Poker supplier of the year - Playtech
Bingo supplier of the year - Playtech
Marketing solutions provider of the year - Beehive
Game of the year - Playtech - Age of the Gods
Supplier innovation award - Scientific Games OneVoice
Lottery supplier of the year - Scientific Games
One to watch – supplier award - Red Tiger Gaming
eSports supplier of the year - Betgenius
Responsible gambling operator of the year - NO ONE