SlotCatalog Awards

SlotCatalog Team Reveals Shortlists for CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards 2024

For the third time in a row, SlotCatalog partners with the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards to celebrate the most prominent teams in the industry, who keep breaking new ground and pushing the boundaries of slot gaming. This year, we present seven different special data-driven awards nominations based on various analytical information, such as presence in casino lobbies, performance in different markets, and real-time statistics received from a broad network of our data partners.

SlotCatalog Awards have always been a one-of-a-kind milestone in iGaming, a truly unique accolade that is based solely on analytical data rather than subjective judgment. Traditionally, these awards have been determined by analyzing the presence of games in casino lobbies – an approach that offers a clear, quantifiable measure of a title’s popularity and reach. This year, we have expanded our methodology also to include spin statistics sourced from our data partners, which allows us to capture a more detailed and dynamic picture of the gaming landscape, providing an even richer basis for our awards

While the winners will be announced on Thursday 23rd May during the official ceremony, here’s a sneak peek at the shortlist of nominees across all SlotCatalog Awards categories:

SlotCatalog Awards Shortlists

Like previous events, this year’s SlotCatalog Awards categories include Rookie of the Year where we celebrate emerging talent and honor the most promising industry newcomers, and Game Studio of the Year, split into three sub-categories to maintain healthy competition. These are Small, Medium, and Large, all based on the pure ‘size’ of the studios’ portfolios. 

1)  SlotCatalog’s Rookie of the Year 

This category honors new studios established in the past two years, from 2022 or later, recognizing those who have achieved notable success early in their existence. This is, however, often possible only through major partnerships, which is why the featured nominees are mainly studios working under the wings of industry giants like Games Global or Bragg.

Here are the shortlisted companies: Octoplay, Area Vegas, High Limit Studio, Reevo, Indigo Magic, Popiplay, Nailed It! Games.

2)  SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Large) 

Recognizing the titans of the gaming world, this category honors large companies with expansive teams and portfolios boasting over 120 games. While previously we have counted major companies separately from their subsidiaries and exclusive studios, we’ve refined our methodology this year. Now, for instance, Evolution Gaming is accounted alongside NetEnt, Pragmatic Play together with Reel Kingdom, and Games Global is recognized as one with its whole network of over 30 development studios. This change allows us to more accurately reflect the collective achievements and market impact of these major players.

Here are the shortlisted companies: Games Global, Evolution, Pragmatic Play, Play’n GO, Relax GamingPlaytech, Blueprint Gaming.

3)  SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Medium) 

This category remains perhaps the most competitive, celebrating medium-sized studios with game portfolios ranging from 30 to 120 titles. This award spotlights those companies that do not have a significant volume of games yet but also demonstrate innovation and high quality in their offerings, reflecting their hard work and dedication. Due to such fierce competition, we have included ten nominees for this award category.

Here are the shortlisted companies: Reel Kingdom, Hacksaw Gaming, Realtime Gaming, Nolimit City, Push Gaming, ELK Studios, Big Time Gaming, Red Tiger, Fantasma Games, Spribe.

4)  SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Small) 

Recognizing smaller studios with fewer than 30 games, this category is also especially competitive, as gaining recognition and making a name in the early stages of development is indeed challenging. Therefore, the nominees for the award are mostly studios that have access to wider distribution channels and marketing through partnerships with major companies, though, not to understate their merits.

Here are the shortlisted companies: Gameburger Studios, Print Studios, Fortune Factory Studios, PearFiction, Alchemy Gaming, Snowborn Games, Triple Edge Studios.

This year, our SlotCatalog Awards feature another twist. For the first time, we introduce three new award categories based on geographic markets, celebrating outstanding game development across distinct regions. Despite producing content that performs exceptionally well across various markets, some developers have historically not made it to the winners’ list. To address this, we present these nominations dedicated to specific geographical regions, ensuring that superior slot game development in every corner of the globe is acknowledged and celebrated. These include North America, Central Europe, and countries with developing markets – jurisdictions under the MGA and Curacao licenses.

5)  SlotCatalog’s Best Game Development Company North America 

Highlighting the rapid growth and importance of the North American market, this award evaluates companies based on their performance in licensed casinos across key jurisdictions. To determine the winners, we have analyzed the presence of the providers in licensed casinos operating under the regulations of New Jersey and Ontario.

Here are the shortlisted companies: High 5 Games, AGS, IGT, Games Global, Aristocrat, Playtech, Konami.

6)  SlotCatalog’s Best Game Development Company Central Europe 

Central Europe remains a pivotal market with regulated jurisdictions like Germany, Romania, Spain, the Czech Republic, and many others. This category celebrates true leaders of the industry, who are most popular in the region. The nominees for this award have been determined by analyzing their lobby presence in licensed casinos and, most importantly, the number of spins their games attract.

Here are the shortlisted companies: Blueprint GamingGamomat, Merkur, Novomatic, Greentube, Bally Wulff, Amusnet.

7)  SlotCatalog’s Best Game Studio in Development Countries

Targeting companies operating under MGA and Curacao licenses in regions like LATAM and the Middle East, this award acknowledges studios that perform the best in these markets and have the highest presence in local casino lobbies. We are also pleased to see several of our Data Partners among the nominees, reflecting their hard work and dedication to quality, which deserves recognition in these competitive environments.

Here are the shortlisted companies: Playson, 3 Oaks GamingPG-Soft, RubyPlay, BGAMING, Gamzix, Spinomenal, Endorphina, Wazdan, Onlyplay.

Good luck to all the incredible SlotCatalog Awards nominees! Join us at the official ceremony at the Game Developer Awards where we will announce the winners live. 

The piece was originally published by SlotCatalog.

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