he Asia Gaming Awards is the first regional event of its kind to listen to the voice of the industry. Members are asked to nominate and cast their vote, alongside an esteemed panel of judges.
A total of 12 awards will be presented across the land-based and online gaming spheres, along with a prize for “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Corporate Social Responsibility.” The awards will also elect up to eight rising stars, who are viewed as likely to shape the future of the industry.
In 2016, the awards enjoyed immense industry participation, collating more than 1,000 nominations and 8,000 votes across the categories.
Produced by Asia Gaming Brief (AGB), in association with G2E Asia and The Innovation Group, the Asia Gaming Awards aim to create an independent, fair and representative awards event that recognizes significant achievements within the Asian gaming industry.
Building on last year’s event, the awards this year have been tweaked to better represent the industry. There is a new Best Gaming Property category aimed at bringing in the region’s smaller non-IR operations, while Best Gaming Area Design will include nominations for specific areas, rather than the property as a whole.
In the online sphere, the supplier category was amended to ensure that all nominations are for a product in operation in Asia, rather than naming a company. Nominees must also have Asia as their predominant region of business.
Finally, the shortlist of nominees in each category has been increased from five to a maximum of seven following the significant number of submissions in the inaugural edition.
Luis Pereira, managing director of Asia Gaming Brief, which produces the event said: “We were overwhelmed and humbled by the industry support and participation in the inaugural edition of the Asia Gaming Awards. We will constantly tweak the formula of fairness and transparency to best reflect the industry outlook. We felt Asia needed a special platform to celebrate its own achievements and these are the first truly independent and impartial industry focused awards and, more importantly, recognized by the industry peers.”
Rosalind Wade, managing director of Asia Gaming Brief, said: "We are proud to be producing the second edition of the Asia Gaming Awards, which has arguably become a high point in the Asian gaming events calendar after just one edition. It brings the industry together to honor the outstanding contributions from across all spheres.”
Josephine Lee, chief operating officer of Reed Exhibitions Greater China, said: “G2E Asia is proud to be associated in organizing the second edition of the Asia Gaming Awards produced by Asia Gaming Brief. G2E Asia undeniably provides the ideal platform to gather over 350 industry leaders and stakeholders from across the region, to congregate and witness the outstanding achievements of the industry at the Awards Ceremony held concurrently at G2E Asia.”
Nominations are now open for this year's Asia Gaming Awards, it is open until Friday 28 April 2017.