Always wanted to win an award that Calvin Ayre judges and only just realized that he even does that with his spare time? Your luck is in. The International Gaming Awards 2012 has extended the deadline for nominations an extra two days so they now close on October 20th. The event takes place at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on January 23rd and will be covered in all its awarding glory here on the tablog. If you want to be in with a chance of being endorsed by da boss you know what to do…tell all your friends that nominations are still open and get them to bombard the place. Fuck it. Whore yourself out all over Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and anywhere else it might be beneficial. Gotta be in it to win it!
eGaming Review are another group who like a good award’s bash and even more than that, a famous/infamous host to go with. After Richard Keys smashed it back at May’s eGR B2B Awards, comedian Rufus Hound will be looking to go one better at next month’s eGR Operator Awards. Hound is best known for his appearances on various panel shows on “the home of witty banter” Dave. This year’s event will also be covered here on the tablog and is likely to be a sell out as always.
Lastly, eCOGRA has announced that it will be sitting around acting conspicuous at the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) Responsible Gaming Day in Brussels tomorrow. The day has been organized ahead of the European Parliament’s final vote on a draft report on the online gambling industry expected in November. Among those involved in the roundtable discussions will be Andrew Beveridge from eCOGRA, Joachim Haeusler from Pwin, Malcolm Harbour MEP, and Dr. Gerhard Bühringer. We’re presuming they then convene to the nearest public house for a game of pub skittles and a waffle.
Whilst we’re here, it might be relevant for a quick history lesson. eCOGRA, or e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, was set up in late 2002 and now prides itself on being one of the key authorities accepted standards and practices for the gaming industry. This wasn’t always the case and being formed by 888 and Microgaming means that questions have been asked and remain as to whether this group is completely impartial. There fundamental idea is solid and any group working to make the industry safer is ok in our books.