The 5th Annual Online Bingo Summit Awards have just takenplace at London’s Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, and some of the gang from Bingo Hideout were there to see all the action. Anyone who is anyone in the online bingo industry were gathered for the obligatory annual backslapping and this year more than any other the awards proved to be something of a place at London’s Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, and some of the gang from Bingo Hideout were there to see all the action. Anyone who is anyone in the online bingo industry were gathered for the obligatory annual backslapping and this year more than any other the awards proved to be something of a surprise to the excited audience. The awards are actually given to those that receive the most votes by their industry peers and some in the bingo industry have felt that there is an element of strategic voting not dissimilar to the controversy that the Eurovision Song Contest attracts. However this year there were a few surprises for the crowd when the winners were finally announced.
Virtue Fusion scoop two awards
The awards were announced by Greg Scott, an unusual choice because to be diplomatic, his style of presentation can only be described as cringe-worthy, that said it didn’t take the shine of the proceedings too much. First to the rostrum to collect their award was the winner of the best online information portal 2010, and to the gathered crowds surprise this was won by Bingo Port. The Best Newcomer 2010, had some great names as nominees but in the end the ubiquitous Tea and Bingo won this particular trophy, with the charming Raj Ramanandi taking to the stage to collect the award. Other notable awards were given to Virtue Fusion for the Best Online Software 2010, Foxy Bingo for the Best Marketing Campaign with the memorable The One that I Want television campaign, Virtue Fusion scooped yet another award for the Best Online Bingo Innovation with their Deal or No Deal game. The final crowning glory of the evening however was given for the Best Online Bingo Operator 2010 and this award was collected by Phil Cronin of Tombola Bingo, a very worthwhile winner.
The awards and summit are organised by Bullet Business and the gathered online bingo industry bigwigs are able to use the event as a useful networking opportunity and unlike some other gaming conferences the emphasis is purely online bingo. There is an overall much more relaxed feeling to the meetings and discussions basis with rarely a stuffed shirt in sight. In fact because online bingo is a young industry compared to some others there is a distinct air of youth and vitality, so more dress down than dress up. Once the awards were given it was then time for the online bingo industry audience to finally let their hair down and visit a nightclub to celebrate in style with the Online Bingo Summit Awards after-party.