Feb. 24, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

EKG Slot Awards unveils official nominees for 24 categories

2022-01-20
United States
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Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) on Wednesday announced the official award category nominees for the 4th Annual EKG Slot Awards, an event that recognizes excellence in slot machine game development within the casino gaming industry.  

“We are very excited to announce the official nominees for the 4th annual EKG Slot Awards,” said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.  “The list of nominees is very impressive and includes some amazing new games.  We look forward to hosting a fun and exciting event to honor and recognize the winners in each category.”

The EKG Slot Award categories are determined by EKG principals and EKG Slot Awards Board of Advisors. Individual award winners will be determined by utilizing a data-driven approach to include both proprietary game performance data as well as a survey of qualified slot managers for land-based categories. For award categories where proprietary data is not available, the award winner will be solely determined by the survey responses. For the Social Casino and iGaming segments, winners will be determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts combined with EKG proprietary data.

The complete listing of the EKG Slot Awards categories is the following:

Land-based Awards

1. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game

  • Captain Riches – AGS
  • Dancing Drums Prosperity – Scientific Games
  • Fortune Mint Fu Gui You Yu – Konami
  • Fu Dai Lian Lian Boosted Peacock – Aristocrat
  • Inca Empress – Ainsworth
  • Stinkin Rich Skunks Gone Wild – IGT
  • Super Dragon – Everi Holdings
  • Ultra Rush Gold Tiger Run – Incredible Technologies
  • X Wheel Chili – Aruze

2. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game

  • Buffalo Instant Hit – Aristocrat
  • Double Black Diamond – Everi Holdings
  • Grand Bars – Aristocrat
  • Lucky Golden Toad – IGT
  • Sure Fire Progressive Volcanic Sevens – IGT
  • Triple Double Gems – Everi Holdings

3. Top Performing NEW Premium Game

Buffalo Link – Aristocrat
Cashnado Flash Fire – Everi Holdings
Coin Combo – Hurricane Horse – Scientific Games
Dragon Link – Golden Gong – Aristocrat
Jumanji 4d – IGT
Ocean Spin Pirates Riches – Konami
Wheel of Fortune – Wild Spin Vacation – IGT
Willy Wonka – Dreamers Of Dreams – Scientific Games

4. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core

  • Dimension 49 – Konami
  • Genesis Crest – Sega Sammy
  • Kascada – Scientific Games
  • Mars X Portrait – Aristocrat
  • Peak Slant 32 – IGT
  • Peak Slant 49 – IGT
  • Prism VXP- Incredible Technologies

5. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium

  • Empire Flex Fusion – Everi Holdings
  • Kascada – Scientific Games
  • Mars X Portrait – Aristocrat
  • Mural – Scientific Games
  • Neptune Double – Aristocrat
  • Orion Curve – AGS
  • Peak Slant 49 – IGT

6. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game

  • Buffalo Gold – Aristocrat
  • Dancing Drums – Scientific Games
  • Selexion – Konami
  • Rakin Bacon – AGS
  • Super Charged 7’S – Quick Spin – Ainsworth
  • Regal Riches – IGT
  • Wheel Of Prosperity Dragon – Aruze
  • Wicked Wheel Panda – Everi Holdings
  • Heat ‘Em up Power Wheel – Incredible Technologies

7. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game

  • 88 Fortunes – Duo Fu Duo Cai – Scientific Games
  • Black Diamond – Everi Holdings
  • Diamond Jewels 2x3x4x5x – Aristocrat
  • Howling Wolf – Aruze
  • Red Hot Tamales – IGT

8. Top Performing Premium Game

  • Colossal Diamonds – AGS
  • Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat
  • Gold Standard Jackpots – Everi Holdings
  • Happy 8s Prosperity Boost – Incredible Technologies
  • Lightning Link – High Stakes – Aristocrat
  • Ultimate Fire Link – China Street – Scientific Games
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Triple Red Hot 7s – IGT

9. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game

  • Crazy Rich Asians – Aristocrat
  • Game Of Thrones – Winter Is Here – Aristocrat
  • Monopoly Money Grab – Scientific Games
  • Shark Week – Jaws of Steel – Everi Holdings
  • Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi Holdings
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far East – Cash Link – IGT
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Triple Gold Gold Spin – IGT
  • Willy Wonka – Dreamers of Dreams – Scientific Games

10. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game

  • All Aboard – Dynamite Dash – Konami
  • Buffalo Link – Aristocrat
  • Double Top Dollar – IGT
  • Rakin Bacon Deluxe – AGS
  • The Vault China Blessings – Everi Holdings
  • Ultimate Fire Link Power 4 – Scientific Games

11. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)

  • Baccarat Maximum Fortune – Sega Sammy
  • Casino Wizard – Gaming Arts
  • Dynasty Roulette – IGT
  • Quartz Roulette – Scientific Games
  • Roll To Win Craps – Aruze
  • Roulette – Alfastreet
  • Roulette – TCSJOHNHUXLEY
  • Universal Craps – Interblock

12. Top Performing Video Poker game

  • All Star Poker 2 – IGT
  • Multi-Hand Poker – Scientific Games
  • Ultimate X – IGT
  • Ultimate X Bonus Streak – IGT
  • Ultimate X Gold – IGT
  • Winners World Multigame – Aristocrat

13. Top Performing Game from an Emerging Supplier

  • Big Top Pop N Pays – Gaming Arts
  • Colossal Dragons – Bluberi Gaming
  • Daruma Mystery – Zitro
  • Jackpot Multiplier – Empire Technological Group
  • Money Party Link Fruity Fruity – Novomatic
  • Pandas Treasure – Sega Sammy
  • Screaming Links – Lightning Gaming

14. Most Improved Supplier – Core

  • All Suppliers Considered

15. Most Improved Supplier – Premium

  • All Suppliers Considered

16. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content

  • All Suppliers Considered

Social Casino Awards

17. Most Improved Social Casino Game

  • Gold Fish Casino – SciPlay
  • Star City Online – Wanin International
  • Lightning Link Casino – Pixel United
  • Slots Golden HoYeah – IGS

18. Best New Social Casino Game

  • ARK Slots – Murka
  • Cash Billionaire – Bagelcode
  • Jackpot Master Slots – AppLovin
  • myVEGAS Bingo – Playstudios

19. Most Innovative Social Casino Game

  • Holdem or Foldem – AppLovin
  • Live Play Bingo – Live Play Mobile
  • Poker Face – Comunix
  • Slots Era – Murka

20. Top Social Casino Company

  • Pixel United
  • Playtika
  • Zynga
  • AppLovin
  • Bole Games
  • iGaming Awards (Real-Money Online Gaming)

21. Top Performing Online Slot

  • Bonanza — Evolution (Big Time Gaming)
  • 88 Fortunes – SG Digital
  • Capital Gains – AGS
  • Dragon Power – Bragg Gaming Group (Wild Streak Gaming)
  • Cleopatra – IGT
  • Hypernova Megaways – Reel Play
  • Big Spin Bonus – Inspired
  • Diamond Cash Mightly Elephant – Novomatic
  • Cash Machine – Everi Holdings

 22. Top Performing Online Table Game

  • Blackjack – IGT
  • Blackjack Surrender – Evolution (NetEnt)
  • Blackjack Xchange – Gaming Realms

 23. Top Performing Online Live Casino Game

  • Liver Dealer Roulette – Evolution
  • Infinite Blackjack – Evolution
  • Live Dealer Barract – Evolution
  • Live Roulette – Playtech
  • Blackjack Unlimited – Playtech

 24. Best Overall Supplier of Online Content

All Suppliers Considered

Hall of Fame

The EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame Inductees to be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Hall of Fame Inductee – Game Development
  • Hall of Fame Inductee – Slot Operations

Interested in 2022 sponsorships for the 4th Annual Slot Awards Show may contact Tatum Norton at [email protected].

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