Gaming Intelligence Reveals Hot 50 of Online Gambling’s Brightest Stars

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CEOs, national regulators and rising stars recognised for their contribution to one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

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The list of industry heroes, some well-known, some unsung, recognises how the industry has changed and the diversity of talent needed for success.

The great and the good of the global online gaming industry turned out in London this week to celebrate the achievements of the Gaming Intelligence Hot 50, the annual list of the most talented, innovative and inspiring individuals working in online gambling.

The Hot 50, as chosen by a panel of experts, includes entrepreneurs and CEOs, regulators, technology wizards, lawyers and marketers from across the globe, reflecting the diverse range of talent that is driving an incredible growth curve.

“We often write about the success of companies and their top executives, but the aim of the annual Hot 50 list is to recognise the achievements of all those who are shaping the future of this vibrant industry” said Bobby Mamudi, Managing Editor of Gaming Intelligence.

Growth in the online gambling industry is bucking the global economic trend with the GIQ20 quarterly ranking of the fastest growing listed companies in online gaming showing an average growth rate of 58.9 per cent during the third quarter of 2011.

The GIQ Hot 50 includes industry legends such as Denise and John Coates of Bet365 and Isai Scheinberg of PokerStars, influential regulators such as the UK Gambling Commission’s Jenny Williams, as well as relatively unknown talents such as Daniel Lindberg, the CEO of online casino supplier QuickSpin, which is yet to launch a product.

Andrew Bulloss, a Hot 50 judge and the head of betting and gaming at international headhunters Odgers Berndtson, commented: “The list of industry heroes, some well-known, some unsung, recognises how the industry has changed and the diversity of talent needed for success. The industry is becoming much deeper, broader and international as it moves into the mainstream.”

According to Global Betting and Gaming Consulting (GBGC), the world-wide gross gaming yield in 2011 is estimated at US$34.4bn. The UK generates nearly 14 per cent of this amount with US$2.5bn and UK citizens accounted for 40 per cent of the Hot 50. The next most represented nations are Sweden, Israel and Canada, representing the innovation centres that have shaped the industry thus far.

Note to Editors:

The Hot 50 will be published each January in GIQ, Gaming Intelligence’s quarterly magazine. It can also be found online at GamingIntelligence.com.
Nominees had to be employed in the online gaming industry or work for a supplier to the industry.

The GI Hot 50 panel of judges comprised:
●    Warwick Bartlett, Chief Executive, Global Betting & Gaming Consultants
●    Andrew Bulloss, Head of Betting & Gaming Practice, Odgers Berndtson
●    Mark Davies, Chief Executive, Camberton
●    Vaughan Lewis, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
●    Sigrid Ligné, Secretary General, European Gaming & Betting Association
●    Bobby Mamudi, Managing Editor, Gaming Intelligence
●    Dawid Myslinski, Financial Analyst, Redeye

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