The event promises to be a perfect opportunity to network with the industry and celebrate excellence," said Colin Thompson of organiser Empire Events.
"The aim of the ceremony is to help international charities and promote a good image for the gaming industry," he added. The Gaming Awards will donate its profits through table bookings and sponsorships to the Macmillan House charity and Care International charity. "The event will give the industry the chance to publicly recognise the wonderful achievements of some of the people and companies during the year," said Thompson.
The ceremony will be presented by British comedian and television personality Jimmy Carr. "We would like to make it a truly international event and our plan is to relocate the awards ceremony to a different part of the world each year, supporting more charities around the globe," affirmed Thompson.
Nominations have been released in the following categories: Casino Operator - Asia:
Genting Corporation, Melco PBL Entertainment Macau, Sands Corporation, Sociedade de Jogos De Macau, Wynn Resorts Ltd.
Casino Operator - USA: Caesars, Harrahs Entertainment, Kerzner International, Las Vegas Sands Corp, MGM Mirage, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Wynn Resorts. Casino Operator - Europe: Aspinalls (UK), BelCasinos (Belgium), Bluechip Casinos (UK), Casinos Austria, Casino Campione (Italy), Casino Cosmopol AB, Casinos Poland, Gala Coral (UK), Grupe Comar, Groupe Partouche, Groupe Lucienne Barriere (France), London Clubs internacional (UK), Olimpic Entertainment Group, Ritzio Entertainment Group, Spielbanken Niedersachsen GMBH, Stanley Leisure (UK), Storm international BV, Swiss Casino Holdings.
Casino Journal/Magazine Online/Offline: Casino & Gaming International, Casino International Magazine, Casino Life Magazine, Casino Review, Casino World, European Casinos- The Elite Gamingfloor.com, Global Gaming Business, InterGaming
Journal Des Casinos, Storm International BV publication, and Yogonet.com
For the full list of nominations visit: www.gamingawards2008.com