Game of the Year 2017

The Game of the Year category will recognise the game studio or operator that has produced the stand-alone game that has made the biggest impact during 2017.

To vote for the Game of the year category at the 2017 EGR Operator Awards, you must have been shortlisted for one of the Operator Awards. Please ensure that you have carefully read the information on each game and the entry criteria which can be found on the website.

Please note: Voting will close at 12pm BST on Friday 6 October. 

Age of the Gods (Playtech)
Playtech Vikings are an extremely talented and highly motivated team. Our goal is to produce games that excel in the three areas we believe are the most important when creating a high-quality product: presentation, experience and gameplay. We are a customer-focused team that recognises and understands current trends, and we devise our games accordingly. Our games cater for all types of players; they are designed to reward both the player and the business, so finding the right balance is key. With a combination of highly skilled mathematicians, artists and management, our aim is to make quality products that stand out from the rest of the competition. In the past year, we have created some truly amazing slot games. We are very proud of our achievements and would like to nominate two of the games that our players have enjoyed the most in the past year: Age of the Gods – God of Storms Developing the latest addition to Playtech’s highly regarded Age of the Gods catalogue of slot games allowed us to introduce our own twist on a great brand and great suite of seven chart storming titles. The game features a progressive jackpot and a thunderous respin feature. Neon Life We also produced this twist on a collapsing reels game, set on the Las Vegas strip, which has proved very popular with players. In this collapsing reels game the losing symbols disappear, something every player likes!

Centurion Free Spins (Inspired Entertainment)
The 2016 hit title, Centurion, has firmly established itself as a favourite across retail, online and mobile channels. The next step was invariably to develop a variant of this winning formula, which maintains the successful features of the original game, while bringing new and exciting twists. Introducing Centurion Free Spins, a slot game which delivers the ultimate gaming experience to the popular Free Spins player base. A new innovative bet type, Fortune Bet, brings an extra element of game play and intensifies the bonus fun via increased triggers levels. Inspired is reputed as a leading provider of omnichannel gaming content, and this new addition to its portfolio certainly confirms its place as the market leader.

Dream Catcher (Evolution Gaming)
Dream Catcher from Evolution Gaming — it is a 24/7 game show that allows you to play along at home for real money. This game has massive appeal and is setting new records each day with player counts as it pulls players from slots, tables, and bingo. Operators are saying it is the most powerful tool ever created to convert players to Live Casino.

Red Riding Hood (NetEnt)
Red Riding Hood is one of the best-known fairytales around the world. We’ve brought this timeless fairytale to life with our slot game Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood™. The game consists of 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 bet lines, with graphics that portray a mystical forest filled with surprises. Red Riding Hood wanders along, accompanying the player through the woods, unaware of the menacing wolf who lurks behind the trees. The music theme is orchestral and harmonious, evoking a sense of romance and fantasy. This game performed spectacularly well in 2017. So well, in fact, that it was the best performing game in NetEnt history in its initial 45-day run, and brought in an average revenue per user that was 1.2 x that of Guns n’ Roses™ (EGR best game 2016). Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood™ also contains bonus features. These are: Beware the Wolf Bonus, Free Spins, and Coin Win. The bonus features are presented to the player in the form of three chests, from which the player must choose one. The Beware the Wolf Bonus Game is an intriguing bonus feature which involves the player spinning a whirligig and clicking the game screen to move around the board and win coins. The multiplier ranges from x1 to x20 times the bet. Through our high-end approach to slot games, incorporating stunning graphics and brilliant sound, we’ve injected a new lease of life into this much-loved old tale. Judging by how popular the game proved to be, it looks as though Little Red Riding Hood has found a new home with us.

Jurassic World (Microgaming)
Our Jurassic World™ online slot, based on the 2015 Hollywood blockbuster that had the second-biggest worldwide opening weekend in history and which is currently the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time, is absolutely jam-packed with innovative features in the base game and free spins. Building on the incredible success of our award-winning Jurassic Park online slot, Jurassic World is also one of our most popular and successful games ever, setting record after record in its first 30 days.

Queen of Gold (Pragmatic Play)
Queen of Gold is one of the most commercially successful slots in Pragmatic Play’s portfolio. It has a popular ancient Egyptian theme, but entirely unique and an innovative new in-game feature with engaging gameplay that have made it a hit with players in multiple territories. Feedback from our operating partners and aggregators is vital for a supplier and we’ve had nothing but praise for the game.

Sakura Fortune(Quickspin)
Quickspin turnover has more than doubled since last year and Sakura Fortune is our most successful release in 2017, quickly becoming our best performing game to date across our operator network and a firm favourite with players in all markets.

Time is Money (Realistic Games)
With the development of Time is Money, Realistic Games has once again provided operators with a slot game that continues to grow in popularity, and outstrips the performance of many of its better-established rivals. The classic time travel theme appeals to a wide audience and has ensured its rapid adoption by players in territories across the globe. With stunning graphics and the most miniscule details of each clock carefully designed, its gameplay offers one of the most innovative and exciting user experiences around. Its availability on the widest number of devices and operating systems, using state-of-the-art technology has helped deliver phenomenal results across the board. Rather than peaking early and levelling out, that commercial success continues to grow with each month generating more and more revenue. It is everything a supplier could want in a game: popular with players; popular with operators.

Totem Lightning (Red Tiger Gaming)
Set in the natural world with Native American themes and punctuated by reel-blasting flashes of lightning, Totem Lightning has the stand-out release of 2017 for Red Tiger Gaming. With superb HTML5 design and flawless performance on any device, it is a 5 reel, 40 pay-line slot with tumbling reel re-spins, a totem multiplier bonus with tantalising wins up to 1000x, and an innovative lightning strike feature that blasts the low-paying symbols from the reels. Since a stellar launch in April this year, it has established itself as a consistent top-three performer for Red Tiger in the UK and top-five in European markets. With new operators continuing to roll out with the game, its fan-base continues, like the totem pole multiplier, to climb to even greater heights.

Viking Runecraft (Play'n GO)
The cascading video slot Viking Runecraft honours the brave and adventurous Norse gods worshipped by our ancestors for millennia. Its extensive gameplay and numerous unique features have made it Play’n GO’s most successful game to date, with record-breaking turnover comfortably outpacing the market average, and still gaining momentum. Striking graphics and a stunning soundscape bring this market-leading title to life, and players are set for huge wins as they journey through the mythological world accompanied on their quest by the likes of Thor, Loki and Fenrir.

Vikings Go Berzerk - VGB (Yggdrasil Gaming)
Vikings Go Berzerk should win the Game of the Year award, because:
• It blew the field away on launch and continues to be one of the top games for operators nine months after release
• Its great retention numbers promise continued growth for years to come
• It has a unique game design that manages to be original while building on an already popular franchise
• It boasts an AAA-level intro trailer which sets a new standard for the industry

Wild Play SuperBetTM (NextGen Gaming)
NextGen Gaming presents Wild Play SuperBetTM as their top contender for the EGR Game of the Year Award. This latest, super-charged edition of the SuperBet™ franchise, permits players to up the ante to offer increased win chances, putting the player in control of their gaming experience. This NextGen summer blockbuster is currently available worldwide and has rocketed to the top position on the OGS platform across jurisdictions month on month.

Wild Toro (ELK Studios)
The air gets filled of sand and dust as the frustrated Toro runs after the matadors and knock them off one by one, leaving a long path of Wilds behind. Three sneaky matadors trigger Matador Respin Challenge with additional chances to meet the sought after Toro. There are 178 different ways to win in this action filled 5 reel video slot.