While organizers anticipated close to 3,000 attendees, the third edition of SiGMA welcomed nearly 4,000 attendees, double last year’s numbers, said organizers in a press release.
Culminating in the Malta Gaming Week, SiGMA brought together the entire gaming community; from affiliates and operators to regulators and vendors, it was held on November 16-19.
After receiving plenty of great feedback, this year’s summit saw some great upgrades, including flying over 300 affiliates to Malta for free.
The BiG Charity Dinner was brought to SiGMA for the first time as well, one day before the exhibition officially opened.
It was a fantastic night of sports stories and brilliant entertainment, simultaneously raising money to enhance the quality of life of injured, sick or terminally ill individuals around the world, with a focus on the healing power of sport.
First edition of Malta Gaming Awards was held together with the BiG Foundation Dinner at the InterContinental Ball Room.
6 winners were chosen in the following categories:
Affiliate Of The Year – Winner: Game Lounge Limited
Careers Program – Winner: Tipico Careers
Corporate Responsibility – Winner: Maltco
Fastest Growing Operator – Winner: Evoke
Innovator – Winner: Join Games
Investor – Winner: Optimizer Invest
Among the other new events introduced during SiGMA16, the SiGMA Startup Pitch, brought together nine startups and seven investors under one roof.
Real big names, including Morten Klein (Cherry Group), Ory Weihs (XLMEdia) and Carla Maree Vella from Optimizer Invest were among the investors grilling the start-ups.
Each startup had three minutes to present their project and then faced a seven minute session of Q&A from the investors and the audience in a Dragon’s Den-like environment.
The winner of the first edition was Commologic, an innovative sports betting software provider based in Israel and licensed in UK, Malta and Denmark. Their first game, BetUP, the world’s first inplay betting cash tournament game, has recently gone live with Unibet and The Football Pools.
Preparations for SiGMA17 are already in full swing.
The details on the next edition will be announced in early 2017, said organizers.