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Prague Gaming Summit announces lanyards sponsor, new speaker and Focus on Finland

George Miller

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The organizers of Prague Gaming Summit (EEGEvents) an event which is going to take place between 8-9 June, 2017 at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague have recently addressed their audience about the new set of speakers, a brief report on the Finnish market and the signing of the exclusive lanyards and badge sponsor for the event.

Gambling Monopoly should be kept by the State, Finns say

The organizers are pointing out that the Scandinavian region has a rich history when it comes to gambling Finland has the average spending 14 Euros per week on gambling. Around 80% of gamblers in the country are lottery players, but the market is driven by the top five percent who are considered high rollers. That five percent reportedly generates roughly 50 percent of the country’s market. A new study shows that nearly 70 percent of people in Finland want the government to keep its monopoly on gambling. According to an Yle-commissioned poll, there are slightly few options when it comes to enabling remote licensing. These regulations are strongly powered by the citizen’s view, who still prefer the state having control over gambling, despite arguments made in recent years against that setup.

The size of the gambling market in Finland is more than €2.5 billion, which includes lotteries and casino games, both live and online and the most feared high-stakes players over the years are a product of Finland. The include all-time online poker money earner Patrik Antonius, online greats Sami Kelopuro, Jens Kyllönen and Ilari Sahamies, as well as tournament star Juha Helppi.

Finland has a state-controlled monopoly on all forms of gambling: both offline and online. Three different entities are each responsible for a specific form of gaming in the country. These entities also operate the only officially sanctioned gambling sites in Finland.

RAY is the provider for brick-and-mortar gambling across the nation. It has the monopoly for land-based casinos, table games, slot machines, and traditional casino games such as roulette.

Veikkaus Oy is responsible for the national lottery, sports betting, and instant win games.

Fintoto Oy is responsible for parimutuel horse racing.
In 2017 the best Finnish online casinos are set to have a great year and after conducting a small overview we have found that the same goes for other games available on mobile.

The Finnish market witnessed a first when it comes to gaming companies going public. Finnish company Next Games became the first Finnish gaming company to go public and it happened this year in March. According to a report from Reuters, the final subscription price was of EUR 7.90 per share and the IPO stabilized at 4,376,530 shares with gross proceeds from offering at approximately EUR 32.8 million.

To hear more about the online gambling market of Finland and to gain advantage to discussing directly with one of the regulators of the Finish market, make sure you book your seat for Prague Gaming Summit by submitting your details here: https://praguegamingsummit.eu/register/

 

BetConstruct as lanyards sponsor of Prague Gaming Summit

 

BetConstruct sponsor PGS2017

 

 

The organizers have also announced their new signing as a supportive sponsor of the event and the lanyards and badge sponsor of the inaugural Prague Gaming Summit in none other than BetConstruct.

BetConstruct has over the last year shown a great commitment to bringing together industry peers and helping spread information about regulatory updates and hot topics. The award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions currently has service centers in 14 countries and offers innovative and proven offerings with an extensive range of market-leading products and services, including Sportsbook, eSports, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Betting Shop Solutions, RNG Casino Suite & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more.

 

Introducing more speakers for Prague Gaming Summit: Darren Moore, Yoav Dotan and Jaka Repansek

As part of their ever growing presence in the online gambling events industry, the organizers aim to create some of the most interesting debates at their conference, thus aren’t holding back for Prague Gaming Summit either. They promise a great show with many important facts being mentioned by some of the biggest names in the online gambling industry. The Summit will also bring together some of the new names of the online gambling industry who bring a new and fresh approach of doing things.

Both cases apply for the speakers announced below:

Panel: The Benefits of the European Gambling Laws (8th of June – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Prague Local Time)

Yoav Dotan at PGS2017Yoav Dotan – Founder of Genesis Gaming

Yoav is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University (TAU) Bsc and IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Mamram graduate – computer programming and system design and architecture. He is also know as a serial entrepreneur, advisor and director to companies dealing with technology .

Returned to Israel from NYC in 1999, following several years of working in Technology sector, where he has worked with Tradal who later evolved into Empire online- an online marketing company focused on gaming later went public in AIM.
He is also the co owner of Earthquake media – a marketing company focused on gaming. Partnered with success with 888, Sportingbet, PokerStars, Party Gaming, Playtech, Microgaming. The company is ranked among the top 3 gaming marketing  companies.
But this, doesn’s stop here, Yoah is also the co-owner of Bingohall(one of the largest bingo operators), the founder and co-owner of Genesis Global(online casino operator – operate casino brands such as Spinit.com and Casinocruise.com.).

In a recent interview conducted by CalvinAyre.com at Vienna International Gaming Expo, Yoav referred to himself a medium sized operator and said “we are operating on Maltese and UK licenses currently because the tax and regimes in places like Czech Republic don’t make sense for us”.

He confirmed Holland, Sweden and Germany are markets he’s keeping his eyes on for the future, assuming the tax will be reasonable.  However, he described keeping track of a variety of regulatory regimes around the EU as “a big headache” and said he would prefer one unified license for the EU, but recognizes this is not likely to happen.  “But that’s my wish”, he said.

He pointed out how monitoring so many markets and regulations takes away from innovation and addressing customer needs, two of the most important focuses for his organization.

 

Panel: The Benefits of the European Gambling Laws (8th of June – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Prague Local Time)

Jaka Repansek at PGS2017Jaka Repanšek – LL.B, MBA, Founder and Managing Partner of RePublis d.o.o.

Jaka has worked for various TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment) companies since 1996. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on gaming and media law in Slovenia. After graduating from Greenwood High School (Springfield, Missouri, USA) in 1992, Jaka graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
He gained his graduate degree from Cambridge University in England and Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Diploma in European Community Law) and completed two-year MBA graduate studies at the University of Kansas in USA. Jaka is an active member of IMGL (Slovenia) and a member of several other domestic and international organizations and is active also as lecturer in various seminars and conferences.

 

Panel: Affiliates in regulated markets (9th of June – 9:30 – 11:00 AM – Prague Local Time)

 

Darren Moore at PGS2017Darren Moore – Founder & Director of Betting Gods Ltd

Former professional gambler, Founder and Director of Betting God Ltd,  Darren runs the company with great energy and is the leading provider of professional sports betting content. Darren is a self-confessed chocaholic who spends half of his time in the mediterranean island of Gozo, and the rest in the UK.
Betting Gods is what I refer to as a tipster stable. This means that it is an online service that brings together a number of different tipsters under a single platform (the same roof).
This allows Betting Gods to manage their tipsters’ services, market them and most importantly for you as a punter, ensure that the best quality tips are made available.
Since starting Betting Gods, Darren Moore has gone on to feature on Richard Branson’s Virgin Pioneers – read the interview here.

 

 

Delegates can reserve their limited seats at an Early Bird Rate of 250 EUR(-50%) until 28.05.2017 by registering on the official website of the event: https://praguegamingsummit.eu/

…or by choosing your delegate package(delegate passes with accommodation at the official hotel) here: https://praguegamingsummit.eu/register/

For more details about the event, you can contact the organizers directly by e-mail on the following e-mail address: zoltan.tundik@eegevents.org or by phone on +40 726 388 370.

Make sure you check back for more updates about Prague Gaming Summit.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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CEEGC2019 Speaker Profile (Hungary Briefing): Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest)

Zoltan Tundik

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Leading Hungarian Lawyer to explain the current situation and what is to be expected in the Hungarian gambling industry at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

As announced earlier, the Hungarian gambling industry briefing will be part of the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion at CEEGC2019 and will be joined by leading experts of the industry.

The briefing about the jurisdiction will be presented by Gábor Helembai, Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest, who will once again share the insights he has on the what is to be expected in the upcoming period in Hungary. The panel discussion is important for operators and service providers who can have a direct impact on the market or harvest from their investments.

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

 

About Gábor Helembai

Gábor is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in the Budapest office of Bird & Bird. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters.

Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector.

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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Emerging CEE jurisdictions (compliance panel discussion) moderated by Rita McClelland (GamblingCompliance) at CEEGC2019 Budapest

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Senior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance to moderate regional panel discussion at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

Industry media outlets are always reporting how the Hungarian Government is keeping a tight leash around the gambling industry in the country, however, this doesn’t mean that the industry hasn’t shown developments and is still considered as an attractive market for many operators and software providers. While online licenses are still granted to land-based casino concessionaires, but that might change in the near future. You can hear why, by attending CEEGC Budapest and paying attention to the CEE regional briefing.

The case is different in the neighboring Slovakia, where the new gaming law is in full force. Starting in 2019, private domestic companies, as well as companies from the European Union, are able to apply for online gambling licenses. There have plenty of operators jumping in on the opportunity and applying for licenses, however, the outcome and success of the new legislation is still writing mode.

On the other hand, there have been quite a lot of news around another emerging Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, and that is Poland. It has been reported that Poland’s sports betting turnover jumped 55% in 2018 and it is most likely to jump further in 2019 with all the new licenses that have been granted to international operators.

All three market updates (Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland) and much more around investment possibilities for operators and software providers will be discussed during the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion, which will be joined by leading experts from the region at CEEGC Budapest.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rita McClelland, Senior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance, who will ask the burning questions the industry has for Ewa Lejman (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners), Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest) and last but not least, Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor at WH Partners).

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

 

About Rita McClelland

Rita is managing the team of legal analysts at GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of independent legal, regulatory and business intelligence to the global gambling industry. Rita has extensive experience in following and analyzing legal and policy developments that affect the gambling space. A fluent Hungarian and German speaker, Rita has taken a keen interest in the Central and Eastern European region. Rita obtained her qualification as a Doctor of Laws in Budapest, Hungary.

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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Digital Choo (DC) announced as Delegates Bag Sponsor at CEEGC 2019 Budapest

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International marketing agency with deep expertise in the gaming category to sponsor the delegate bags at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and we are delighted to announce that the conference is sure to break records as there are already 10 sponsors signed up.

Digital Choo (DC) is one of them and it is interesting to see how the conference is drawing the attention of several service providers that are wanting to support the event.

Oleg Profatylo, Chief Strategy Officer at Digital Choo (DC) stated: “We at Digital Choo believe that the main asset for the industry is people that create new trends and business solutions.

CEEGC aims to bring together like-minded professionals that can make a huge impact on the Gaming vertical by building new connections and sharing their expertise.

Contribution to such an event is an honorable opportunity to support the professional community that we are proud to be a part of.”

Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events stated: “We are happy to have another one of the major service providers of the gaming industry join our sponsors’ list and having the opportunity to work with such a focused and professional marketing agency is a plus for us! Make sure to attend this year’s CEEGC Budapest to meet many new and familiar faces!”

 

About Digital Choo (DC)

Digital Choo (DC) is an international marketing agency with deep expertise in the gaming category and extensive experience with a wide range of other categories.

There are analytically sound solutions, cross-regional and multimedia planning, a wide network of own traffic sources, sponsorship opportunities of any complexity, and more than 500 international partners among DC’s main advantages. The agency’s efficiency is proved by many international awards, including but not limited to Betting Awards, Effie Awards, ADC, KIAF, GoldenDrum, and others.

DC’ services are available worldwide.

Visit dc.bet for more details.

 

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website here: www.ceegc.eu

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