What a year! What a year it’s been in the world of online slots and casino games. We’ve had games from NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech, Yggdrasil, Thunderkick, the list is literally endless. But when it comes down to the crunch, which game will be crowned Game of the Year 2016. We can tell you, the shortlists are in!
Which Game Will Take the Title?
It’s been one hectic year, don’t you agree? Our favourite online casinos all pushing out the newest and best games in the industry. New providers stepping up their game to sit next to the giants already in the industry like NetEnt, like Microgaming, but which providers have excelled?
The annual Game of the Year awards is imminent and we have just had wind of the final shortlist! And what a competition this is going to be.
“Some obvious games and some not so obvious ones thrown into the mix this year.”
So, let’s have a look at which games have made the shortlist:
- Ace Ventura Slot (Playtech)
- Blackjack 6 in 1 (Felt)
- Fireworks Slot (Realistic Games)
- Grim Muerto Slot (Play’n GO)
- Guns N’ Roses Slot (NetEnt)
- Hot Safari Slot (Pragmatic Play)
- Live Baccarat Squeeze (Evolution Gaming)
- Monkey King Slot (Yggdrasil Gaming)
- Poltava: Flames of War Slot (ELK Studios)
- Space Invaders Slot (Playtech)
- Stellar Jackpots with Chilli Goldx2 Slot (Lightning Box Games)
- The Viking: Wheels of Valhalla Slot (Magnet Gaming)
- The Wild Chase Slot (Quickspin)
Let’s look at NetEnt’s Guns & Roses Slot – it’s their most successful branded game in their 20-year history so it was no surprise to see this top hit making the shortlist. The game has drawn interest from a great number of VIP players and has literally been a smash hit right from the get go.
But NetEnt certainly don’t have an easy ride here. Look at Playtech storming ahead with their two releases, Ace Ventura and Space Invaders which brought the original 1978 arcade game back to life.
And let’s forget slots for a second because if you prefer to hit the tables instead, both Blackjack 6 in 1 by Felt and Live Baccarat Squeeze by Evolution Gaming are also in the running!
Meeting the Criteria
Out of the hundreds of games releases this year, it isn’t easy getting into this highly commended shortlist. The award isn’t for the game that generated the largest amount of revenue, even though this does play a part. Judges will take special consideration to innovation, marketing value, product quality and games that provided cut-through in a crowded market.
The good news is you haven’t got long to wait until the winner is announced. The winner will be voted on by operators attending the awards and will be announced on Monday, the 28th of November at the annual EGR Operators Awards. We’ll keep you updated.