DraftKings’ Robins Honored as US Executive of the Year at 2020 Global Gaming Awards
Posted on: October 29, 2020, 02:54h.
Last updated on: October 29, 2020, 09:29h.
On Wednesday, Jason Robins, the cofounder, CEO, and chairman of the board for DraftKings, turned 40. The day before, he tweeted how his life changed over the past decade, which included creating the fantasy sports company that’s now become a sports betting giant.
He also won the American Gaming Executive of the Year Award during the 2020 Global Gaming Awards. The awards, organized by Gambling Insider, were revealed Tuesday in conjunction with the Global Gaming Expo.
The past year has been a busy one for the Boston-based sports entertainment and technology company. It launched sportsbooks in New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, West Virginia, and Illinois. It also launched iGaming in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
And like other sportsbooks, DraftKings had to deal with the unexpected months-long sports shutdown because of the COVID-19 crisis.
But the biggest news surrounding DraftKings was its move to become a publicly-traded company, which culminated in April. Over the next six months, the company’s stock exploded, reaching a high of $64.19 earlier this month. The stock, though, has lost about $25 in value since then.
Still, those achievements were enough to make Robins the award winner. Though he credited the DraftKings team and his fellow cofounders, President Matt Kalish and COO Paul Liberman, for the success the company’s achieved in the past year.
Robins was among 25 gaming industry executives nominated for the executive award.
Rush Street Interactive, GeoComply Honored
Other winners included Rush Street Interactive, which won Digital Operator of the Year.
Rush Street Interactive saw 650 percent revenue growth over the past year and positioned itself as the leading online casino operator in the country, according to Eilers & Krejcik.
It’s the first time Rush Street has won the award.
“To win in the Digital Operator category demonstrates just how good Rush Street Interactive’s product offering is, and how far they have gotten in the fast-evolving and growing online arena,” Gambling Insider COO Julian Perry said.
GeoComply became a three-time winner when it received the Responsible Business of the Year. The Vancouver-based company offers geolocation services for online gaming providers. It earlier this year unveiled PlayPause, an online tool designed to promote responsible gaming by allowing those who have self-excluded in one state to carry those protections elsewhere across the country.
“We remain absolutely committed to addressing the compliance, fraud prevention, and responsible gaming challenges of players, regulators, legislators, and our platform partners, as our industry continues to develop and grow,” said Anna Sainsbury, GeoComply’s founder and chair.
Aristocrat, Seminole, SG Receive Multiple Awards
Three companies ended up being big winners on the night, as they won multiple awards.
Aristocrat took home three awards, including Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year, as well as Land-Based Product for its Marsx Cabinet. The company’s Dollar Storm also won Slot of the Year.
Seminole Gaming won twice, for Land-Based Operator of the Year, and the Florida company’s The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood claimed Property of the Year honors.
In addition, Scientific Games earned two accolades. Its Contactless Gaming Solution won Product Innovation of the Year, while Opengaming took home Digital Product of the Year.
2020 Global Gaming Awards Winners
Land-Based Operator of the Year: Seminole Gaming
Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year: Aristocrat
Product Innovation of the Year: Scientific Games – Contactless Gaming Solution
Digital Operator of the Year: Rush Street Interactive
Digital Industry Supplier of the Year: Evolution
Slot of the Year: Aristocrat – Dollar Storm
Land-Based Product of the Year: Aristocrat – Marsx Cabinet
Customer Loyalty Program of the Year: MGM Resorts International – M Life
Responsible Business of the Year: Geocomply
Digital Product of the Year: Scientific Games – Opengaming
Property of the Year: The Guitar Hotel – Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
American Executive of the Year: Jason Robins – DraftKings