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SiGMA 4th edition - Summit of IGaming Malta 2017

By Sophie Couard

With a population of just over 431,000 people, you would be excused for not having heard of Malta or knowing very little about the tiny Island in the Mediterranean. You might even be shocked to learn that Malta is host to approximately 300 gaming companies and 450 licenses. This means that many of the games that you enjoy playing can be found here.

What is SiGMA and what can you find there?

SiGMA is an annual iGaming conference that brings together people from the world of B2B, operators and Affiliate marketers. The 2017 edition was the fourth in Malta and ran from the 22nd of November to the 25th. Amongst the many functions of the event, is the chance to see and play some of the latest slots. For example, we found Kleopatra VR from Parallel66 and JoinGames Malta which lets you play from within Cleopatra's tomb while fully immersed in a virtual reality 360 degree world of treasure. Believe it or not, there was even a Casino Calzone who was serving up none other than delicious calzone pizzas as a treat to the participants.

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Malta iGaming Awards Ceremony

The Malta iGaming Awards is an annual award that is divided into 12 award classes some of which included Games Vendor of the Year and Sports Book Operator of the Year. Nominees for Sports Book Operator of the Year included one of our favourite casinos, LeoVegas Sport. LeoVegas is one of the fastest growing mobile gaming companies and leader in mobile casino. Amongst the more popular nominees for Games Vendor of the Year are Play'n Go and Microgaming. Both of these developers can be found at our recommended casinos at Slotsmillion, Videoslots, LeoVegas and Dunder and offer a broad spectrum of great games.

Familiar Casinos at the Event

As we went round the conference floor we came across a couple of our preferred operators, the first of which was Slotsmillion who were demonstrating their immersive 3-D version of Sugar Rush VR from Pragmatic Play. The friendly staff gave us a chance to try the slot for ourselves and it was easy to see why it will be a hit with players when we entered a virtual reality sugar-coated world with a 360 degree field of vision. The slot had coins springing from the reels and animated candy characters. The booth was decorated with colours and characters from the slot which made it hard to overlook. Overall, we enjoyed the opportunity to network and are excited for the next wave of games!

We also came across the large jungle-themed booth from LeoVegas which was full of friendly staff ready to talk to us. Leovegas offers the world's largest selection of roulette games, fastest sports book and widest selection of slots that at present count is over 1,000 played on mobile, tablet and desktop.

By Sophie Couard
By Sophie Couard - EDITOR

I am a great fan of gambling, I became a croupier to finance my studies. After my high school diploma in economic and social sciences , I obtained a bachelor's degree in economics and then a master in philosophy with a thesis on player behavior. After working in an online casino customer support, I became a writer on FeedBACK Casino.