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Nominations are now open for the second edition of the Asia Gaming Awards taking place on May 16 during the first evening of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, at The Parisian.
Luis Pereira – Managing Director of Asia Gaming Brief (AGB), the producer of the awards – explained that the most important innovation this year includes the creation of two new categories, for a total of 12 awards to be distributed across operators, regulators, suppliers, and service providers in both land-based and online gaming operations.
One of the new categories, the Best Gaming Property, seeks to include the region’s smaller non-IR operations. The second new category, notes Pereira, is a breakdown of the previous gaming supplier category, which will be awarded separately this year under the electronic table games (ETG) segment and the slot machines segment.
Mr. Pereira also noted that a couple of changes have been integrated in the coming awards based on last year’s experience. These include shifting the focus from companies to products in the (non-gaming) product suppliers’ category, and incorporating nominations for specific areas within Integrated Resorts such as VIP areas or non-smoking lounges – rather than the whole property, in the Best Gaming Area Design category.
“We realised the change was necessary because we cannot expect several new casinos to emerge every year to be nominated for the awards,” commented Mr. Pereira.
The Asia Gaming Awards, noted the MD, will focus mostly on companies, but also on some individuals, operating in 22 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region, spanning India and Sri Lanka to Northern Asia and Australasia, including some of the Pacific Islands such as the Marianas.