By Milica Kasapovic, Dijana Radunovic and Jovana Bursac - from Catena Media’s Global Division / AskGamblers team
For one of Catena Media’s flagship brands, AskGamblers, the 16th of June was a long-awaited date. After months of preparations, the 5th AskGamblers Awards was held in Belgrade, Serbia. La crême de la crême of the online gambling industry were honoured in a festive atmosphere.
Industry luminaries worldwide gathered to hear the winners in each category, and learn if they had won a coveted AskGamblers title. The event was a lavish affair, and everyone celebrated the success of their peers! It was indeed a night to remember.
The 5th AskGamblers Awards
Going into the 5th Awards evening, there was plenty of uncertainty: Who would win? Will everyone who said they would attend be there? Will everything work, especially after not hosting a show for two years? What will be the dress code?
Despite the uncertainties, the night of the Awards went beautifully! It was almost as though the last two years of acceptance speeches at home hadn't happened. Everyone looked spectacular, our partners and friends were in full attendance and best spirits, and the show lived up to everyone's expectations.
And while waiting for the winners' names to drop, we enjoyed the sound of cocktail glasses clinking, laughter, chat, and music gracefully filling the room.
The Night of Gambling Excellence
When it comes to those who work in iGaming and online casinos, it's no secret that the AskGamblers Awards Ceremony is a must-attend event for everyone in the business.
On the night, the victors are announced and congratulated for their hard work and dedication, as well as the heart and soul they've poured into their innovative endeavours. At the same time, industry leaders from all over the world travel to Serbia to find out if they've won or not, and then to lavishly celebrate both their own and others' achievements!
Throughout the year, the AskGamblers Awards Ceremony takes centre stage at the AskGamblers HQ, and with such magnitude that each and every aspect of the event must be planned immaculately. Our colleagues and friends from all over the world and Europe deserve the best, and we give our best to deliver it.
Always Thinking of Those Less Fortunate
The AskGamblers crew have never been ones to rest on our laurels, and we are not afraid of throwing a party that'll make anyone else's party blush. But, in the same way we party, we think of others.
On 15 June, the AskGamblers Charity Night took place, gathering a number of well-known industry names and AskGamblers members, respectively.
The goal of the Charity Night, like every year, was to raise money for those in need and our amazing partners delivered! During the Charity Night, we raised a total of €60,300 that will get diverted to the appointed charities, to be announced during September, our official Charity Month.
The Winners Won Award(s) and Our Hearts
For the past three months, we've been eagerly awaiting the results of the 5th AskGamblers Awards. After voting ended, we counted up the votes and our experts announced the winners.
The anticipation, the joy, the excitement - and so many more emotions graced the room as the winners in each category were announced.
For those of you who didn't attend the gala, these are the names that were voted the best of the best in the iGaming industry, for their achievements in the year 2021:
Best Casino – SlotWolf Casino
Best New Casino – iWild Casino
Best New Slot – Bigger Bass Bonanza Slot Best Software Provider – Relax Gaming Players' Choice Casino – Tsars Casino
Best Affiliate Partner – 888 Affiliates
Best Affiliate Manager – Elena Shokarovska – OMG Affiliates
With an A-shaped brass trophy in their hand, the winners expressed gratitude to all the players who supported them and voted to help them win! As for the AskGamblers crew, we were ecstatic and privileged to organise an event like this one and witness the iGaming greatness before our eyes.
A Special Coming Together
The 5th AskGamblers Awards Night was special for so many things, countless even; but one of the most special of those was that the Belgrade Global Catena Media team was reunited with some of our Malta office colleagues and finally got to celebrate our Awards together!
Some of the Maltese office came to Belgrade for the first time, and some had already visited, but it was wonderful having our digital army gathered together in one place for a special night like the Awards.
The Fashion for the Ages
Not that we're ever surprised when our guests show up looking like the Oscars glitterati, but this Awards was something else.
It's an understatement if we say that the fashion of the 5th AskGamblers Awards was blissfully exciting! The juxtaposition of classic tuxedos and funkier variations seemed to mirror the feel of an evening that was both traditional and edgy modern - just like the industry itself is.
The ladies wore gowns and elegant suits with sparkles, shimmery bits, appliqués and iridescent touches in a seeming embrace of the return of unabashed glamour to the AskGamblers Awards. Men complimented their looks in tuxedos that spelt h-a-n-d-s-o-m-e top to bottom.
The Awards: Final Thoughts
The evening of the 5th AskGamblers Awards delivered many memorable—and extraordinary—moments. After all, it's not often that we get some of the world's most successful people get together in one room, celebrate each others' success, and dance to the same beat. We hope to see you next year, and - until then - stay golden!