From surprise wins to spirited bidding, SiGMA’s first Balkans event got off to a great start last night after raising €19,000 for charity. The gala awards evening, which was hosted by poker champion Kelly Kellner and Marie Reyjal, saw luminaries from the gaming, emerging tech, and affiliation industries crowned in a celebration of their contributions to the sector.
€19,000 raised for SiGMA Foundation projects
Generously sponsored by BetConstruct, the event also hosted a charitable auction. Led by an enthusiastic Rick Goddard, the auction saw several artworks and NFTs go under the hammer, including pieces from Malta-based artist Derek Mason – an oil painter whose works currently hang in the Burj Khalifa as well as in the metaverse, and NFT creative Gnomeevil. Both artists have regularly donated their artworks to the company’s charitable arm – the SiGMA Foundation, becoming fan favourites at SiGMA’s global award evenings.
A number of projects are currently in the pipeline, including a solar power system intended to benefit remote locations in the Philippines, the construction of a primary school in Ethiopia, and a Malta-based project that hopes to address loneliness.
The most popular piece of the evening, Heraldic, a painting by Derek Mason symbolising Belgrade’s rising status as a gaming hub, went for €10,000 following a round of enthusiastic bidding. Innovation, another oil on canvas from Mason also saw favour with the crowd, going for €5000, while his take on the iconic mask from the V for Vendetta film netted a cool €2000. Last but not least, a mythology-inspired work showing the Titan Atlas holding up the world of crypto brought in €1,500 for the SiGMA Foundation charity. Also on the block was Gnomevil’s NFT, which was snapped up quickly by a guest eager to acquire one of the 5 pieces from this collection.
And with that, on to the night’s winners for the SiGMA Balkans Awards.
Best Sports Betting Operator of the year – sponsored by Oddin.gg
Winner: Balkan Bet.
Best Affiliate Program of the year – sponsored by Stakelogic
Winner: Parimatch Affiliates.
Best Sports Betting Provider of the year – sponsored by Triggy
Best Outsourcing specialist of the year – sponsored by Quantum Gaming
Winner: Quantox Technology
Best Payment Service Provider of the year – sponsored by Finrax
Winner: Payment Center
Best CIS affiliate of the year – sponsored by Pin-up Partners
Winner: Traffic Devils
Best Online Casino of the year – sponsored by Alea
Winner: Pin-up Casino
Unique selling point of the year – sponsored by VBet
Marketing Solution of the year – sponsored by Soccerbet
Best upcoming Operator of the year – sponsored by EvenBet Gaming
Best Industry Workplace of the year – sponsored by Hirequarters
Winner: Campeon Gaming
Best Esports of the year – sponsored by SoftSwiss
Best New Casino Game of the year – sponsored by 1Win
Winner: Balkans Rhapsody by Spinthon
Best Innovation in Sports Betting Technology of the year – sponsored by Imprexis Gaming
Winner: Global Bet
Best Affiliate Tracking Software of the year – sponsored by Traffic Devils
Best Live Casino Provider of the year – sponsored by Zendesk
Winner: Pragmatic Play
Best KYC Solution of the year – sponsored by Silver Bell Group
Best Platform Provider of the year – sponsored by GlobalBet
Best Customer Service of the year – Spinthon
Winner: Silver Bell Group
Best Game Provider of the year – sponsored by Actable AI
Best Affiliate Network of the year – sponsored by Alfaleads
Winner: ADV Revolution
Best Aggregator of the year – sponsored by Endorphina
Best Slots Provider of the year – sponsored by Wikibet
Best Online Casino Provider of the year – sponsored by BlueOcean Gaming
Best Corporate Service Provider of the year – sponsored by VOISO
Best Industry Rising Star of the year – sponsored by Oryx
Best Affiliate of the year – sponsored by WinAffiliates
Best Crypto Exchange of the year – sponsored by Spinthon
Winner: Huobi Global
Best Gamefi Project of the year – sponsored by Ikigai Ventures
Best Blockchain Solutions – sponsored by iWinBACK
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