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The inaugural Prague Gaming Summit surpasses all expectations and becomes a huge success for EEGEvents

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Prague Gaming Summit 2017
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The inaugural Prague Gaming Summit became a huge success and has managed to surpass a competitive event which was held 2 weeks prior to 8th of June! We have to add, that the mentioned event has a long tradition in Prague and focuses on an Eastern European Briefing.

The feedback during the event was music to the organizers ears, especially given the fact that the attendees have expressed gratitude for the initiative of having such a well-organized program during the 2 days of the conference.

The organizers would like to thank the sponsors for once again helping conferences in the region grow. Special thank you goes to NetEnt(Main Stage Sponsor), Betting Gods(Gold Sponsor), SBTech(Silver Sponsor), Nsoft(Silver Sponsor) and BetConstruct(Lanyards and Badge Sponsor).

With +80 delegates attending the event, the attendees had to chance to take advantage of some very informative content and of course had the chance to network in specially scheduled breaks and side-events.

Jan Urbanec(VP of Sales at Endorphina) has stated that, “The quality of the event and attendees exceeded my expectations. The information from the panels was relevant and well presented. I enjoyed the informal networking atmosphere, that helped create good connection between delegates.”

As you may already know, the event took place at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague and the venue provided the ideal location to spending some pre-event time for the delegates because of its location.

From the beginning till the end….

After a smooth registration process and a refreshing morning coffee, the delegates took their seats in the conference room and the first panel commenced.

The first panel (Focus on the Czech Republic) was specially designed to point out the flaws and the negative points of the new regulatory framework which came into force starting with the 1st of January 2017 in the Czech Republic and had a seasoned speaker lineup which was applauded by the attending delegates.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Melchers Law Firm in Germany) who has introduced the 4 Czech speakers, DR. Robert Skalina (WH Partners), Jan Rehola (PS Legal), Vojtěch Chloupek (Bird & Bird) and Jan Urbanec (Endorphina). The panel was very informational and very interactive, given the expertize of Dr. Joerg Hofmann, who has been moderating and speaking at gambling events for well over 20 years.

Jan Rehola(PS Legal) has shared his views about the newly enforced legislation and has stated that there is still a long way to have a good regulation in place, but he trusts the Czech Republic Gambling Department and he is positive about the outcome.

The experts of the panel have highlighted the main concerns which are in their perspective a hazard to the operators, but are looking towards the new amendments that were announced in rumors prior to the event.

The biggest concerns were expressed about the many pending license applications and of course about some of the local operators who have already received a license to operate.

The first panel has been well received by the audience, especially since the Q&A session has managed to shed light upon some of the less transparent inside news about the Czech Republic’s online gambling market.

The event continued with a 30 minute Networking Break during which the delegates got the first chance to network with attending peers, enjoy coffee or tea and of course some delicious cookies.

The panels continued after the Networking Break and the second panel commenced at 11:30. The second panel focused on The Benefits of the European Gambling Laws, where the speakers have expressed their positive overlook on the online gambling market in the European Union.

The panel was moderate by Yancy Cottrill (Nsoft) and the main stress points of the discussions focused around regulations and amendments which shape the future of global operators. Businesses that set a transparent course of doing business and apply for local licenses are benefiting of exposure and safety of the market regulations.

The panel was missing two speakers, however the experts on the podium have managed to point out each benefit of countries that have regulated their markets and enable remote operators to apply for a license.

The discussion was presented by high level experts of the industry such as DR. JOERG HOFMANN (Melchers Law Firm in Germany), DR. SIMON PLANZER (Planzer Law) and JAKA REPANSEK (Republis d.o.o.).

The Benefits of the European Gambling Laws panel was followed shortly by a 30 minute presentation, part of the Innovation Talks series(launched by EEGEvents) and focused on a preview of Snapscreen, presented by Thomas Willomitzer.
Snapscreen joining the Prague Gaming Summit 2017 was a huge success for us. The organizers were extremely helpful in connecting us to the right people and also provided Snapscreen and the other participants with a very professional platform to engage in meaningful and fruitful conversation. A special thanks for giving Snapscreen the occasion to present its solutions in front of the all the participants – including a live demo that was well received.” – Thomas Willomitzer, CEO Snapscreen

The second Networking Break included a complimentary lunch during which the delegates have had a new round a talks and exchanged cards while enjoying a specially sorted meal.

The second part of the day and the third panel has started at 2 PM(Prague Local Time) and had the focus of bringing some inside information about the correctness of the market directly from the two regulators which were present at the event. The panel was moderated by Zoltan Tundik(EEGMedia/EEGEvents) and had guest speakers from the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Finance, Czech Chamber of Lottery Industries and local gaming provider Endorphina.

The regulators have addressed a warm welcome for all the delegates and had also informed the attending audience about an amendment which is going to be introduced in a couple of days for the voting session. The amendment contains a correcting of the challenges that the Supervision of Gambling Department has noticed during the first 6 month after the law has been passed and were signaled by the operators.

Ms. Tereza Cejpová and Ms. Jiřina Jůzlová have asked the audience to sign up for the round table talks which was scheduled for the late afternoon or to send their queries via e-mail to avoid the delays with the technical replies for the questions that could have been addressed during the panel.

The panel was also joined by JAKUB KOLOMICENKO (Endorphina), STANISLAV BRUNCLIK (Czech Chamber of Lottery Industries (ČKLP)), who both have pointed out that even if the current standing regulatory law isn’t perfect, it is still a good start and exciting times are awaited in the Czech Republic’s online gambling market.

The panel was followed shortly by an affiliate industry aimed panel which was titled as Affiliates in regulated markets.

The panel was moderated by TAL ITZHAK RON (Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm) and had also been attended by the whole audience with seasoned keynote speakers on the podium.

The speakers of the panel have stressed on the new emerging markets which regulate the status of the affiliates. The positive and negative aspects of such regulations which move towards a safe affiliate eco-system were discussed by EMAN PULIS (SIGMA & AGS), ASSAF STIEGLITZ (Odds1x2.com) and KLAS WINBERG (Catena Media).
“I found the panel discussion about regulatory issues facing affiliates to be very pertinent given the central role affiliates play these days in the overall business model of many operators. We touched upon a number of state regulations, such as the one in Romania, where affiliates have to pay a yearly license. We also discussed law of the land, which often are quite clear, as well as laws of the likes of Google, social media giants like Facebook and others. The latter laws are at times more ambiguous, making it harder for the affiliate to adopt best affiliate practices.

Love these more intimate conferences because they allow delegates to nurture a working relationship. Love the guys behind this event! I’ll be back next year.EMAN PULIS (Founder and CEO of SiGMA, the summit of igaming in Malta & AGS(Affiliate Grand Slam))

All the affiliate talks got everyone excited and the event continued with a 30 minutes Networking Break to prepare for the final presentation and the Exclusive Round Table discussion with the regulators.

The final presentation of the event was presented by Knut-Olaf Skarvang (Deloitte Legal) and focused on a Norwegian Market Update.

Knut has highlighted the main taxing brackets of the Norwegian market and shed light upon the current and expected situation about any licensing possibilities.

The panels have ended with a thank you speech held by organizer, Zoltan Tundik, who has thanked the attending delegates and speaker for their presence and has also mentioned that Prague Gaming Summit will be back next year as well.

The agenda of the day ended with the Exclusive Round Table discussion with the regulators, where 25 delegates have addressed their questions for the two government representatives and have also addressed their complaints.

Prague Gaming Summit was a focused and well-organized event, that shed light to the local market specifics, bringing together all the main stakeholders. We look forward to the next edition, as well as the other upcoming events, for more market insights and networking opportunities.” – Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros (Sales Director at Golden Race)

Even if the panels and discussing have ended at 17:30, the treatment of the delegates hasn’t ended there. All delegates have been invited for a Networking Party sponsored by the organizers at a nearby bar which has been recommended by the locals working at Endorphina.

The Networking party took place at Back Doors Prague and has been a great relaxing get together for all delegates who have enjoyed some of the finest beer Prague has to offer and of course some even danced.

The second day(9th of June) has been planned as a short sightseeing tour for the delegates that have remained in Prague and concluded with a river cruise networking lunch which has been enjoyed by +25 top delegates.

The Prague Gaming Summit was a refreshing change to the usual gaming conferences. The first day of talks included a great line up of industry professionals covering both the Czech market and wider European regulation. The second day provided a relaxed networking session and a lovely tour of Prague! Thank you to Zoltan and all at EEG for organising such a fab event.” – Michele Spiteri, Business Manager, All-in Translations

The organizers would like to thank all delegates once again for attending and look forward to welcoming the guests at the next events!

CEEGC Budapest

 

The next event in the EEGEvents Calendar is CEEGC Budapest(Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards) and will be held between 19-20 September 2017. You can find more details about the event by visit the official website of the event: www.ceegc.eu

 

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Altenar announced as Pen, Paper and Pamper Sponsor at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2020 (Tallinn, Estonia)

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Award-winning provider of sportsbook services will join the sponsors’ list at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit (live conference).

The 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit and BSG Awards will be held on the 6th of August in Tallinn at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn, and will address burning questions of the industry in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.

Launched in 2018, MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit & Awards offers the opportunity for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance update, while also being part of a group that is at the forefront of the gambling industry in Baltic and Scandinavian region.

The Summit approaches all regulatory and compliance related aspects of the mentioned markets, and also highlights some trending topics of the gambling industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Our team is are honored to announce that in 2020, we will have the support award-winning provider of sportsbook services, Altenar as the PEN, PAPER AND PAMPER SPONSOR of the event.

As mentioned above, Altenar is a provider of sportsbook services to licensed gaming operators. Ranging from “software-only”​ product offers to the provision of a fully managed sports betting platform stack, Altenar offers proven stability coupled with flexible and personalized service.

Their software is developed and operated in-house, whilst being powered by premium quality data feeds.

You can view their latest video on the following link:

As mentioned in earlier press releases, the conference is going ahead as planned and based on official sources, Estonia has allowed from June 1 for citizens from EU and EEA countries with a slow current spread of COVID-19 to enter the country without the requirement of a 14-day self-isolation period.

You can consult the list that is updated weekly on the following link.

MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the following link.

For further inquiries about the 2020 live edition of MBGS and BSG Awards (6 August – Tallinn, Estonia), speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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Market rundown by the Baltic industry shareholders at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2020 (Tallinn)

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Leading industry experts will dissect the latest happenings in the Baltics this August in Tallinn at the 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit (live conference).

 

On the 6th of August, several industry leaders from the Baltic and Scandinavian region will gather under safe conditions in Tallinn at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn for a day of panel discussions, round table discussions and networking.

The mission is sailing out of these uncharted waters in which the industry finds itself due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Among the interesting talks, a particular panel discussion must be watched closely. We are referring to the “Market Rundown by the industry shareholders: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania” panel discussion which will be moderated by Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW).

The panel will be joined by some of the biggest names in the industry and include Liutauras Varanavičius (Head of Business Development at ConnectPay), Dainis Niedra (Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe at Enlabs), Kaido Ulejev (Commercial Director CEECA at Betsson Group) and Karolis Gogaitis (General Manager at CBet.lt).

As mentioned about, the panel discussion is very important to attend as it will follow the Baltic regulators’ panel discussion.

Make sure to book as fast as possible as the seating is limited! You can choose one of the packages that include either delegate pass or delegate pass and accommodation combo (VIP Package)!

As mentioned in earlier press releases, the conference is going ahead as planned and based on official sources, Estonia has allowed from June 1 for citizens from EU and EEA countries with a slow current spread of COVID-19 to enter the country without the requirement of a 14-day self-isolation period.

You can consult the list that is updated weekly on the following link.

As in earlier years, the conference will also feature the next edition of the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards). Read more here…

MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the following link.

Browse the video archives of the panel discussions which were recorded on the 7th of May at the virtual edition of the conference.

For further inquiries about the 2020 live edition of MBGS and BSG Awards (6 August – Tallinn, Estonia), speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

Visit www.marebalticumgaming.com for more details!

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit Live and BSG Awards

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit & Awards offers the opportunity for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance update, while also being part of a group that is at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, and also from the DACH region.

The Summit approaches all regulatory and compliance related aspects of the mentioned markets and also highlights some trending topics of the gambling industry.

For more details visit www.marebalticumgaming.com

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MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit returns as Europe’s first live event

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MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit returns as Europe’s first live event
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Third annual Baltic conference to take place in Tallinn on 6th August

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the Baltic and Nordic region’s largest betting and gaming industry conference, has been announced as Europe’s first post-lockdown live event.

With the majority of EU and EEA member states now able to travel to Estonia restriction free, the summit will take place in Estonia on the 6th August 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn, starting 9:00 am.

Building on last year’s hugely successful iteration in Vilnius, Lithuania, this year’s lineup is set to bring together the region’s key stakeholders with the Baltic’s regulatory authorities in a day of panel discussions, roundtables and networking.

With the return of sports betting, industry innovation and payments hot on the agenda, the day’s speaking tracks will be joined by representatives from the region’s tier one suppliers and operators, including Kaido Ulejev (Commercial Director CEECA at Betsson Group), Nadiya Attard (Director of Sales at Relax Gaming) and Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular).

The conference’s compliance contingent will be represented by delegates from the Lithuanian and Estonian Ministries of Finance, Latvia’s Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspectorate and Nordic Gambling, who will be updating on the latest in regional developments.

As in 2019, the day’s agenda will be capped by the inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) ceremony, honouring high-flyers in the Baltics and Nordics. In recognition of the participation of the event’s delegates, winners will be announced from a vote drawn over the day from the summit’s attendees.

Commenting on the return of live industry events, Zoltan Tuendik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency said: “We’re delighted to again bring together industry stakeholders from across the Baltic and Scandinavian region to set the agenda for the year ahead.

“The MARE BALTICUM summit has firmly established itself as one of the Baltic region’s most informative events – and we’ve gone the extra mile to make sure we have a great environment for all.”

With venues in Estonia now able to operate at 50% of their standard capacity, the team has nevertheless limited the conference to 80 delegates to make it comfortable for all those taking part.

With limited seating available, please visit here to register for a delegate pass. For VIP Packages, including a delegate pass and two nights’ accommodation at the Radisson Blu Tallinn, visit here.

 

For media passes, or to enquire about partnerships, contact:

Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist

[email protected], +40 731 394 220

 

ABOUT THE MARE BALTICUM GAMING SUMMIT :

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit & Awards offers the opportunity for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance update, while also being part of a group that is at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, and also from the DACH region.

The Summit approaches all regulatory and compliance related aspects of the mentioned markets and also highlights some trending topics of the gambling industry. For more details visit www.marebalticumgaming.com

 

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