September 22, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — PartyGaming has been named 'Operator of the Year' for the second time in three years at the annual eGaming Awards for the online gaming industry. In addition to winning the top award, PartyGaming also took the coveted accolade of 'Socially Responsible Operator of the Year' in recognition of the company’s efforts to provide a safe and secure gaming environment for all of its players.
John Shepherd, Director of Corporate Communications at PartyGaming, said that the independent judging panel awards ‘Operator of the Year’ to the 'operator which has set the standards for others to follow' and which has 'clearly differentiated itself from the chasing pack and successfully developed the broadest and most geographically diverse product range'.
'Socially Responsible Operator of the Year' is awarded to the operator that goes the extra mile in implementing procedures and safeguards for consumers. The judges looked at a wide range of measures, including age verification, availability of problem gambling assistance, responsible gaming safeguards, and comprehensive know-your-customer procedures. The award also recognizes PartyGaming's efforts to campaign for socially responsible gaming.
Jake Pollard, editor of eGaming Review, said: "PartyGaming is a worthy winner of both the Operator of the Year and Socially Responsible Operator of the Year awards. The company deserves credit for its continued leadership of the industry and especially its commitment to a socially responsible approach to gaming, which is also being recognized separately today with its shares becoming a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series for companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards."
Accepting the Operator of Year award for PartyGaming, John O'Malia, Managing Director of PartyGaming, said: "We are delighted to win both of these awards. We love to win but the awards are not just about the winners: They celebrate the achievements of finalists, first stage entries and many others in the industry. Our awards are an endorsement from across the industry for our endeavors to provide great entertainment. Acting responsibility is one of the four main pillars of our business strategy, because we want all of our customers to play on our sites for the right reason — to enjoy great entertainment and play within their means."