he Global Gaming Awards, judged by seventy industry experts and audited by KPMG, kicked off G2E with a Scientific Games trifecta of wins: Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year, Digital Industry Supplier of the Year, and Digital Product of the Year for SG Digital's OpenBet sportsbook technology. OpenBet also received a gold medal in the Best Interactive Product category at the Gaming and Technology Awards.
Jamie Knight, Senior Game Producer, was named to the Emerging Leaders of Gaming's 2018-2019 Class of 40 Under 40, which recognizes professionals under 40 years of age who make a significant impact on the casino industry.
Additionally, during G2E, Dick Haddrill, Vice Chairman of Scientific Games Board of Directors, was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame, and Gavin Isaacs, Vice Chairman of Scientific Games Board of Directors, received the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers 2018 Jens Halle Memorial Award honoring excellence in commercial gaming professionalism.
At NASPL, the DC Lottery's Neighborhoods game produced by Scientific Games won "Best New Instant Game." Chuck Kline, Senior Vice President Lottery Licensing for Scientific Games, who is the co-creator of innovative lottery promotions and winner experiences, was inducted into the Lottery Hall of Fame with the Company maintaining its prestige for the most Hall of Fame inductees in the industry. Chuck's work includes the recent WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET™ instant linked game featuring the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ event inspired by the beloved feature film "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory."
Barry Cottle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games, said, "These wins demonstrate our massive momentum in the gaming entertainment industry. We strive for a strong industry reputation as a trusted and innovative provider, so to be recognized for our efforts by our peers is truly an honor. Particularly, our sports betting wins emphasize the upward motion we're experiencing in the U.S. as the market begins to grow. These awards signify continued success for Scientific Games."
Barry Cottle continued: "On top of the amazing wins for our product portfolio, the industry recognized our shining global talent. We have extraordinarily innovative employees, and it's a thrill to see them recognized by other industry experts. Congratulations to Chuck and Jamie for these fantastic wins."
In addition to the major wins at G2E and NASPL, Scientific Games' Digital group received an EGR Italy Award in the Mobile Supplier category, further affirming the Company's success at a global level.