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VIGE2017 is set to host 45 speakers during the 3 days of the show in 11 panels, announces 1440 hours of networking



VIGE2017 full agenda
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With just over 18 days to go, the organizers have released the full agenda to an event which promises you some of the most informative panels ever held in the Central European region. Top speakers of the industry will line up and discuss the trends and hot topics of the online and land based gambling industry with some regulatory update panels and responsible gambling panels.

The online version of the full agenda can be viewed on the following link, please check back for updates.

As the organizers informed us in their Press Releases, VIGE Seminars will run in parallel with the exhibition and will be located on the same floor to maximize your networking opportunities without having to leave the area. The Seminars are planned for all 3 days (20-22) and you can still benefit of the Early Bird Rate of €300 until the 10th of March.

Below you will find the full program with the topics and the speakers as they will be presented during Vienna International Gaming Expo 2017.


9:30 – 10:45 AM(Vienna Local Time)

Conversation 1: Austrian online gambling and betting sector, Gaming in Croatia and Slovenia

Topics & Speakers:

  • Austrian online gambling and betting sector
    • Mag. Claus Retschitzegger – President of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gaming (Österreichische Vereinigung für Wetten und Glücksspiel – OVWG)  and Dr. Arthur Stadler
  • Gaming in Croatia
    • Hrvoje Vincetić – Casino Manager at Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.
  • The online gambling industry of Slovenia
    • Jake Repansek – RePublis d.o.o


10:45 – 11:15 AM(Vienna Local Time) – Networking Break

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM(Vienna Local Time) 

Conversation 2: Online gambling in Germany, Czech Republic – Fresh update of newly regulated market, Hungary’s online gambling industry see’s changes in 2017

Topics & Speakers:

  • Online gambling in Germany
    • Martin Arendts – Arendts Anwaelte
  • Czech Republic – Fresh update of newly regulated market
    • Jan Rehola – PS Legal
  • Hungary’s online gambling industry see’s changes in 2017
    • Gabor Helembai – Bird & Bird


1:00- 2:00 PM(Vienna Local Time) – Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM(Vienna Local Time) 

IMGL Masterclass – Risks and challenges for affiliates, operators and platforms working in regulated markets

The LiabilityOnline gaming continues its explosive growth year by year and respects no territorial borders. Trying to stop online gaming offering is like holding back the tide. Nevertheless, many jurisdictions are trying to keep unlicensed operators out of their market and restrict the gaming offering. The gaming regulators are using every imaginable measure to enforce local gaming regulation: Blacklisting of operators; penalizing players; ISP blocking; payment blocking and affiliate blocking measures are taken into use. The gaming regulators have now turned their attention to the software supplier industry for aid in policing local gaming laws. Gaming platform providers have been asked to monitor traffic on their platforms and block for unlicensed gaming operators (.com traffic). It has even suggested by a gaming regulator that gaming suppliers are liable for offenses committed by unlicensed gaming operators (using the suppliers’ platform). Is it for the gaming suppliers to act as the gaming regulators’ extended arm and are the suppliers liable for offenses committed by the gaming operators? Does it also impact the affiliate industry?Speakers:

  • Odeta Nestor – ONJN Romania
  • Assaf Dor – CELLXPERT
  • Yoav Dotan – Genesis Global/
  • Tal Ron – Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm
  • Morten Ronde – Director for Education and Association Development of IMGL, CEO Danish Online Gaming Association


3:30 – 4:15 PM(Vienna Local Time)

Recent Trends in Online MarketingSpeakers:

  • Maayan M. Dana – Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm
  • Assaf Stieglitz –
  • Aviv Sher – Prime Gaming
  • Boaz Gam – Lead Protector System/Payneteasy

MODERATED BY: Tal Ron(Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm)

• 4:15 – 5:00 PM(Vienna Local Time)SEO: Google’s anomaly detection methodologies revealedThe most advanced A.I. research is coming out of the Search Engine’s AI research labs. Neural networks and deep learning algorithms present all SEOs with the most sophisticated battle field yet. SEO pioneer Paul Reilly (Media Skunk Works) shares how he and his team have embraced the new A.I. era. Sharing a definitive guide to surviving the brave new world of SEO. Objectives 1. Discover why SEO will never be the same again. 2. Introduction to machine learning & natural language processing 3. How to stay under the AI radar (updated 3.0) – latest MSW.AI research and findings 4. Probabilistic models for link building at scale over prolonged multi-year campaigns.Presented by: PAUL REILLY


9:30 – 11:00 AM(Vienna Local Time)

Responsible Gambling in Central and Eastern Europe

Topics & Speakers:

  • Responsible Gambling in Austria
    • Roman Nesshold – Institute Gambling and Addiction, Austria
  • Responsible Gambling in Romania
    • Dan Iliovici – Rombet
  • Responsible Gaming from a G4 point of view, Accreditation and Certification
    • Malcolm Bruce – Gambling Integrity


11:00 – 11:30 AM(Vienna Local Time) – Networking Break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM(Vienna Local Time)

New developments of the gambling industry in the Netherlands and Serbia

Topics & Speakers:

  • Focus on the Netherlands
    • Pieter Remmers – Assissa
  • Study on the Economic and Environmental Implications
    • Nikos Roumnakis – President of EOGL
  • Presentation of Responsible gaming project from Serbia
    • Zoran Puhac – Secretary – General of EOGL


1:00- 2:00 PM(Vienna Local Time) – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM(Vienna Local Time)

Innovation talks

Topics & Speakers:

  • iGaming and the Social Revolution
    • Valery Bollier – Oulala Games
  • Cutting Edge Betting Solutions – Omni-channel solution
    • Ian Bradley – SBTech
  • Revolutionary new mobile friendly lottery game
    • Angelo Dalli(Bit8)
  • Sports betting innovations using AI
    • Kostandina Zafirovska – BtoBet
  • BetConstruct’s Player Management System
    • Vahe Baloulian
  • The key challenges sports betting brands face when promoting innovated products
    • Darren Moore(Betting Gods)


3:45 – 4:00 PM(Vienna Local Time) – Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM(Vienna Local Time)

Innovation talks

Topics & Speakers:

  • The Life-changing Experience in Online Gaming
    • Martin Cagalinec – 1SpinMillionaire
  • Innovations of E-Mail marketing
    • Sebastiaan de Vos – MailMike
  • Telegram Casino, a game changer of the iGaming industry
    • Potapenko Vadim – Slotegrator
  • Evolution of AR/VR
    • Kostandina Zafirovska – BtoBet
  • Convergence, Virtual Reality and the future of Gaming in the Metaverse
    • Konrad Gill – ViARsys
  • VR/AR technologies
    • Ivan Kondilenko – Casexe



10:00 – 12:10 PM(Vienna Local Time)

First Panel
Speakers to be confirmed by Automatenverband


12:10 – 1:00 PM(Vienna Local Time) – Networking Break

1:00 – 3:00 PM(Vienna Local Time)

Second Panel
Speakers to be confirmed by Automatenverband


Attending the seminars at VIGE2017 requires a POWER DELEGATE status and is subject to availability. All seminars are limited to 250 delegates and the passes can be ordered at an Early Bird Rate of 300 EUR until 10.03.2017. Register as a POWER DELEGATE HERE!

Be sure to save the date and attend VIGE2017, which will be held between the 20th and 22nd of March 2017 at the Austria Vienna Center in order to hear the fresh information at the seminars which will be held within the Expo, highlight your brand for visiting delegates by booking a stand or attend and network with the leading and newcomer company representatives that are going to be present at the show.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +40 735 559 234 or by mail on [email protected].

Power Delegates 

(Definition, advantages)

Power Delegates can register online prior to the event by using the following from or have the opportunity to register at the registration desk during conference days. The delegate status grants its holder the opportunity to visit the exhibition floor, discuss deals, pick up gaming related magazines, attend the special seminars and network with fellow peers. All registrants are granted this privilege during the 2 days of the expo and are advised to have their ID at hand during their visit to the venue.

The main advantage of the Power Delegate is the opportunity to harvest the extra market information and discussions which can be accessed via the VIGE 2017 Seminars which are held during the 2 days of the show.

Each power delegate will receive a special report of the discussions, including the PowerPoint presentations that will be showed and discuss during the seminars.

The agenda and speaker list for the VIGE 2017 Seminars can be viewed here.

Haven’t yet registered? You are invited to register at an Early Bird Rate (50% off) until the 10th of March, 2017. Choose your delegate status below and fill the form to register your place at the most awaited show in Central Europe. 


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MightyTips announces collaboration agreement with Merkur Bets



MightyTips announces collaboration agreement with Merkur Bets
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MightyTips has announced a brand-new partnership with Merkur Bets targeting German-speaking bettors across Germany.

The move aims to expand the customer base for Merkur Bets, which is striving to build its position as a leading player in several Central European countries.

The exclusive partnership with the MightyTips platform – a tips and predictions hub – is hoped to boost acquisition rates in the region ahead of what is likely to be a busy conclusion to the summer.

The Olympics, the new Bundesliga and Premier League season, and other major sporting events are to take centre stage, with more people than ever engaging with sports betting.

After ten years of operating as XTiP, a recent rebranding means it is now known as Merkur Bets. The sports betting experience has been modernised, as the website now provides an updated design, faster loading times, and enhanced user-friendly navigation.

The change was announced by operators Merkur Group earlier in the year and included a fresh logo and redesigned aesthetics across both its online and physical outlets.

Stefan Bruns, CEO of Online Gambling and Sports Betting at Merkur Group, cited it as a new beginning for the company: “The renaming of XTiP to Merkur Bets is not only a new beginning, it also offers the opportunity to establish a completely renewed approach to sports betting within the Merkur Group.”

Since 2013, Merkur Group has been one of the leading operators in Germany. Its origins stretch back to 1957, when it was founded as a family-owned business by Paul Gauselmann.

Eugene Ravdin, MightyTips Communications and Marketing Manager said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Merkur Bets. They are one of the biggest betting companies in Europe and our services can further solidify their reputation as a leading player in this sector.”

Martin Collins, Head of Affiliates at Merkur Group added: “We are very pleased to continue our work with the MightyTips team. Both sides bring great knowledge to the table for our core markets, and we look forward to a long-term beneficial partnership.”

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SYNOT Successfully Entered the Swiss Market with Casino Products



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SYNOT, a leading provider of gaming systems and casino equipment, has entered the Swiss market with the installation of its products at Casino Admiral Mendrisio.

The first installation included a set of Eclipse FL-32 cabinets with the latest version of the Firebird Red gaming system. This version offers a range of original games including 6 Hold & Respin titles and over 40 classic games. Shortly after the successful first installation, the company also launched Firebird slots at the St. Gallen Casino.

“The Swiss market is one of the most lucrative casino markets in Europe and therefore we consider this launch a great success. The market is highly regulated and competitive. In addition, operating gaming equipment in this country requires GLI-11 certification, including the appropriate certification transfer for the Swiss market. Of course, our company meets all these requirements,” Miroslav Valenta Jr., Sales Director of the SYNOT Group, said.

SYNOT already operates online slots in the Swiss market in cooperation with several operators. Now these popular games will also be available in land-based casinos, specifically in the Firebird Red gaming system. With this step, SYNOT continues its omni-channel strategy, which includes both online and land-based sectors.

“We have high ambitions. Our goal is to gradually bring our products to all casinos in Switzerland. We are seeing an active interest in our products, which we are very pleased about. We also have strong support from our distributor. We are cooperating with our exclusive distributor for Germany and Switzerland – the company E-Systems,” added Miroslav Valenta Jr.

“After many positive feedbacks from German casinos throughout the past years, it soon became our combined goal to also enter the competitive Swiss market, which we have successfully achieved now! Many thanks go to our long-term partner Casinò Admiral Mendrisio, who acted quickly and therefore was able to celebrate the debut of SYNOT’s great cabinets & games in all of Switzerland. We’re looking forward to many more launches in other Swiss casinos in the near future and we’re confident that SYNOT will become an inherent part of the Swiss market product mix,” Thomas Steuer, Sales Director of E-Systems, said.

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OKTO.CASH expands in Germany with bet-at-home go-live



OKTO.CASH expands in Germany with bet-at-home go-live
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OKTO announced the launch of its advanced cash-to-digital payment solution, OKTO.CASH with bet-at-home, a renowned and established operator in the German iGaming market. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for OKTO, expanding its footprint in Germany and further solidifying its reputation as an innovator in cash-to-digital solutions for iGaming enthusiasts.

OKTO.CASH offers bet-at-home users a hassle-free way to consume iGaming services with cash in real-time. Leveraging OKTO‘s always growing network of over 14,000 points of sale across Germany, including well-known brands such as Aral, Deutsche Post, Esso, Kiosk, Lotto, Shell, and many others, users can effortlessly convert physical cash into digital currency. This streamlined process provides a secure, fast, and easy-to-use top-up method that caters to the preferences of the market.

Richard Greslehner, Head of Product at bet-at-home Internet Ltd commented: “This partnership underscores our dedication to delivering cutting-edge and convenient payment solutions for our customers. With OKTO.CASH, users can now seamlessly deposit their physical cash into their online bet-at-home accounts at their favourite everyday stores.”

“We are thrilled to partner with bet-at-Home for the launch of OKTO.CASH in Germany,” said Mikhail Ovsepyan, Head of Germany at OKTO. “This collaboration underlines our dedication to expanding our presence in the German market and delivering cutting-edge payment solutions that meet the needs of iGaming enthusiasts. We look forward to revolutionizing the gaming payment experience and providing unparalleled convenience and security to users.”

OKTO‘s expansion in the German region follows the approval of both OKTO.WALLET and OKTO.CASH by the German Gaming License Authority (GGL) last year. Embedded into the merchant’s app or website, OKTO.CASH provides users with the fastest and most direct method to upload cash online, eliminating the need for third-party apps. Users can select OKTO.CASH as their payment method, choose the deposit amount, and select the nearest location from over 14,000 points to top up their accounts safely and in real-time.

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