Isle of Man-based online gambling software provider Microgaming has been declared the winner of the 2009 Isle of Man Newspapers Award for Innovation and Independent Thinking.
This is not the first time that the company has been recognised by the media; in 2008 Roger Raatgever, Microgaming's CEO, was named Business Person of the Year and the firm received the Company of the Year accolade, and in 2007 the New Business and Programme Development award went to the software provider.
The annual awards celebrate achievement, dedication and excellence across all economic sectors of business and the community on the Isle of Man.
The awarding committee recognised Microgaming as a leader in the e-Gaming sector, and applauded the innovative thinking that has successfully driven the business forward since it developed the first online casino software over a decade ago.
Microgaming’s technological prowess in bringing a host of gaming ‘firsts’ to market was noted, together with its status as an industry leader in terms of responsible gambling and its dedication to the local community in establishing the Microgaming Health and Care Trust, which assists the health and wellbeing of the Manx community.
The internationally active company set up its headquarters on the Isle of Man in 2001, motivated by the island's strong reputation as an IT hub and a centre for IT skills.
Chief executive Roger Raatgever, commenting on the latest award, said: “We are honoured to be recognised for our innovation and independent thinking as these attributes have been central to our growth over the last decade.
"This award recognises our ability to harness the creativity and passion of our team to inspire the most inventive and cutting-edge games on the market. The Isle of Man is a dynamic place both to work and live, and is a leading jurisdiction in the e-Gaming industry. We are proud to call it home. We look forward to playing an ongoing role in contributing to the economic and social success of the Island for a long time to come.”
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