Gaming Intelligence reveals Hot 50 of online gambling’s brightest stars

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Recent opening of the regulated US market reflected by a record 13 US-based entrants to the Hot 50, closely followed by the UK and Israel.

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Every year we are finding talent to celebrate in an industry that continues to innovate.

Gaming Intelligence reveals the Gaming Intelligence Hot 50, a celebration of the most talented, innovative and inspiring individuals working in online gambling, an industry that continues to prosper while many others stagnate.

The list of C-level executives, sales and marketing chiefs, technologists, product heads, regulators and lawyers reflects the diverse range of talent that is drawn from a wide range of companies across the world.

Rational Group general counsel and Hot 50 judge Paul Telford commented: “Gaming Intelligence is insightful in its coverage of the complexity and opportunities that exist in online gaming. Those insights are reflected in the Hot 50, who personify the talent and ingenuity in our industry.”

In 2013 and going in to 2014 the online gaming sector has been filled with excitement about the opening of regulated online gaming in the US states of Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. This is reflected by a record 13 US-based entrants to the Hot 50. The next most represented nations are the UK and Israel, but this is a global industry and the Hot 50 reflects this with talents coming from all over the world.

Gaming Intelligence managing editor Bobby Mamudi said: “The Hot 50 changes every year and every year we are finding talent to celebrate in an industry that continues to innovate and grow at a phenomenal rate.”

The most successful companies in this year’s Hot 50 are 888 Holdings, Playtech, Rational Group and Unibet, all of which have three employees on the list. However the diversity of the list is reflected by the appearance of social gaming companies such as Peak Games, payments providers such as CAMS and research company Econsult.

Note to Editors:
The Hot 50 is published every January in the Q1 issue of GIQ, Gaming Intelligence’s quarterly magazine. It can also be found online at http://bit.ly/1em27Bx.
Nominees had to be employed in the online gaming industry or work for a supplier to the industry.

A prestigious panel of judges comprised:
●    Joe Brennan, Executive Director, Industrial Strength
●    Andrew Bulloss, Head of Betting & Gaming Practice, Odgers Berndtson
●    Itai Frieberger, Chief Operating Officer, 888 Holdings
●    Gavin Kelleher, Analyst, Goodbody Stockbrokers
●    Raf Keustermans, Chief Executive Officer, Plumbee
●    Nigel Payne, Owner, Merlin Financial Advisors
●    Roger Raatgever, Chief Executive Officer, Microgaming
●    Christian Rajter, Chief Executive Officer, At the Front Line
●    Nicky Senyard, Chief Executive Officer, Income Access
●    Paul Telford, General Counsel, Rational Group

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