Tension Grows Ahead of CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards 2022
The shortlists have been announced for the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards 2022. Some of the leading developers mentioned include Relax Gaming, Blueprint Gaming, Habanero, and Pragmatic Play. In total, there are twenty categories of awards, and the winners will be announced at the Game Developer Awards ceremony at the Hilton in St Julian’s, Malta, on Thursday, 26 May.
One of the most hotly contested categories is Slot of the Year, and Relax Gaming, the winner of last year’s award, has two nominations in the category, Top Dawg$, and Money Cart Bonus Reels. However, there is stiff competition, including the likes of 4ThePlayer’s 90k Yeti Gigablox, Habanero’s Marvelous Furlongs, Just For The Win’s Western Gold 2, NetEnt’s Starburst XXXTreme, Pragmatic Play’s Gates of Olympus, SG Digital’s Stargate Megaways, Swintt’s Rock n’ Ways XtraWays and Yggdrasil’s Suncatcher Gigablox.
The Game Licensed Content category is also set to be closely contested with nominations including Blueprint’s The Goonies Return, WWE Legends: Link&Win™ from All41 Studios, Space Invaders Roulette from Inspired Entertainment, The Walking Dead from Playtech, Game of Thrones™ Power Stacks™ from Slingshot Studios, John Daly Spin It And Win It from Spearhead Studios, and Vibra Gaming’s The Phantom.
One of the most interesting categories is Game Innovation. The shortlisted studios will present their titles at the CasinoBeats Summit conference, and there will then be an audience vote to decide the winner. Competing for the prize are Habanero with Orbs of Atlantis, 60 Second Heist from 4ThePlayer, Africa X UP™ from Alchemy Gaming, Lollipop from AvatarUX, X-iter™ from ELK Studios, Star Guardians from Evoplay, Hoonga Boonga from Gamzix Technology, Royale With Cheese Megaways from iSoftBet, Madame Clues from Lady Luck Games, Aviator by Spribe and Aloha Spirit XtraLock™ from Swintt.
Those interested can see the full shortlist for thirteen of the categories on the Game Developer Awards 2022 website. The remaining seven shortlists will be determined using data from SlotCatalog. To browse all notable iGaming events for this year, make sure to check out our events calendar.
The Game Developer Awards are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the work of the teams that continue to drive the industry forward by producing such imaginative, engaging, and fun games. It will be fascinating to see which studios are victorious on the night, but given the strength of the industry, just making the shortlists is a real achievement.