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!
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
Registrations are open for the 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, save the date, 7 May 2020, Tallinn, Estonia
The 3rd edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on 7 May 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Our team is excited to announce that registrations are open for the 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the leading boutique style gambling industry conference of the Baltic and Scandinavian region.
The conference will take place on the 7th of May 2020 at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn, and the team is preparing some major updates.
“There is no doubt the MARE BALTICUM has become a tradition in the Baltic and Scandinavian region and we are blessed with the support of open-minded regulators and government officials who are interested in hearing what the industry has to say. In 2020 we will once again bring an interesting lineup of speakers coming from all sides of the gambling industry and of course give the awards for the top companies in the region via BSG Awards” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.
The MARE BALTICUM platform will continue its mission with which it has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.
After touring Riga and Vilnius, the conference is now heading to another Baltic destination and this time Estonia will take center stage as the host of the yearly gathering.
The agenda will include regulatory focused discussion mixed with trends of the gambling industry and the region, while the selection of speakers will once again include local/experienced speakers. In 2020, the aim is to bring start-up operators to the stage and also continue the panel discussion style with at least one panelist being an operator from the market vs. gambling authority and controlling authority discussing issues and changes in the market
Benefit of the Early Bird rates until 31 December 2019
Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit:
Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros (Sales Director at Golden Race – Virtual Sports & Betting Solutions):
“MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit reconfirmed the Organizers’ efficacy, to bring together the region’s main stakeholders, for structured and multi-faceted interactive discussions. In parallel to the educational aspect, though, it offered the chance of personalized networking, in a relaxed and unpretentious way. I look already forward to the next edition!”
Ineta Mačinskienė (Head of Sales at ConnectPay):
“MBGS is focused on people looking for collaboration with well-known companies in the Gaming industry.”
Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay):
“I had the pleasure to speak at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit and present why eSports is going to play a key role in the gambling industry in 2020 and beyond. Discussing what the future holds for the industry, we see the tremendous growth of eSports and its importance in terms of betting and player’s engagement.”
Margo Prylypska (Director of International Sales at Hyperion Tech):
“We would like to thank Zoltan and Betty for another great event! The organization was at a very high level, great timing and amazing people attending the event! It is definitely the best place to meet good old friends and partners, as well as find new ones and of course, get insights about things happening in the iGaming industry!”
Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert):
“Great event. Great timing. Great location.”
Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar):
“MBGS was a pearl in the sea of so many conferences around the world. Such interesting panels! Zoltan and Betty did a great job inviting so many relevant people from the industry, regulators, and from governments putting all of them together to discuss regulations, exchanging ideas, and solutions on how different countries regulate the gambling sector. A must-attend event!”
Kristina Bučinskaitė (Customer Experience Manager at ConnectPay):
“Well organized, industry-focused event. It is a great opportunity to connect with potential clients, partners and create valuable business relationships. Looking forward to the next year!”
Agnė Galvelytė (Head of Legal and Compliance at Matching Visions):
“Great conference, bringing together regulators, legal specialists, and igaming business professionals. Perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest developments in the region and the industry.”
Dainis Niedra (Regional Director Baltics at Enlabs – Optibet):
“This is a very nice initiative to create and develop such kind of event in the Baltic countries. By working together and establishing a strong base no matter is it compliance or marketing, we build the right environment for the future development of the business and society.
Baltics are small but at the same time are very different in many aspects. It’s becoming challenging to replicate the previous experience in the new markets and such events are here to help us. Organizational wise – on a very high level. It’s hard to say where did we benefit more – from the main event of from the networking parts.”
Sara Urbanovicova (Chief Commercial Officer at Tom Horn Gaming):
“This is a fantastic event and it is sure to establish itself as a must-attend conference in the diary for the online gaming community. Its Baltic and Scandinavian focus, with a careful selection of high-quality speakers on the panels, an amazing location, organizers’ dedication to creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, make it a one-of-a-kind event that proved to be really productive for us. We’re sure to return next year!”
Andrius Gabnys (founding attorney at Gabnys Law Firm, Ambassador of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit):
“MBGS2 was literally a very pleasing event. Both content-wise and visually. It’s one of those examples when you can feel it goes smooth throughout the whole event, where the interest of the audience is not lost somewhere in the middle, and you don’t find yourself waiting for something else, other than what is happening on stage. It’s where the organizational talent of Zoltan and Betty really kicks in. This second edition proves that the idea of having the Baltics and Scandinavia in a single event is spot on. It was a pleasure to serve as an ambassador of this event and already looking forward to the third edition.”
Andrius Čepkus (Chief Business Development Officer at Ondato):
„The event was very well organized. Especially networking breaks and how participants were seated, which opened many new networking and business opportunities. The content was very up to date and valuable. Thanks again for the great experience!“
SKS365 At European Gaming Congress: “Responsibility, Awareness And Common Sensitivity Are The Answers Against Prohibitions And Prejudices In Italian Gaming Industry”
Maurizio Bernardo (Senior Strategic Advisor) and Francesco Gaziano (Chief Marketing Officer & Country Manager Italy) engaged in the first Italian edition of the EGC
Milan, november 8, 2019 – Italy in the European Gaming Congress spotlight. The international event this year dedicated an entire day to gaming in Italy to open the debate about the state of the art in the political, regulatory, technological and economic sphere, with the contribution of some of the most authoritative names in the international market.
Almost physiological, this year, the choice to bring together operators, shareholders, professionals, service providers and management from all over Europe in Italy, given the excitement and uncertainties of the last few months. For this reason, in the planning of the event, the main debates were Focus on Italy (compliance panel discussion) and Marketing for Operators in Regulated Markets, which saw the respective participation of Maurizio Bernardo (SKS365’s Senior Strategic Advisor) and Francesco Gaziano (SKS365’s Chief Marketing Officer and Country Manager Italy).
“In public gaming market and actors are in continuous and rapid evolution, so it’s necessary aim for a single and widespread regulation, in order to penetrate the territory through management and control actions by the institutions and of the Authorities all and, in this sense, the Municipalities could play a fundamental role – said Bernardo in his morning speech, focused on the consequences of the Dignity Decree and on the lack of effect of the distance meter – The role of the Municipalities is essential for a framework law governing the location of sales outlets in the area. An perfect machine, which considers the different needs and all local and national actors, could even be able to feed itself: just think of what it could mean to include the Municipalities and local authorities in the revenue, aiming to establish a virtuous circle in which part of the revenue could be used for the prevention of gambling addiction and for responsible gaming training.”
In the afternoon, it was Gaziano‘s turn to intervene on the aspect most linked to the operators: “In a context where communication activities are drastically reduced, we must focus on the recognition and reliability of the product on the one hand, and on an ethical approach and aware at all levels, especially at the physical level – continued Gaziano, referring to the importance of retail for the identity of each operator – Today more than in the past it is necessary to ‘put your face’, which in this case means to present ourselves to the customers throughout the national territory. Therefore we could not miss this meeting to make our voice heard also in such a crucial phase for the Italian market and beyond, given that this European Gaming Congress is the evidence that the importance of the Made in Italy industry goes well beyond the borders of our Country.“
NetShop Internet Services, Leading Data Center Provider, Official Supporter of the European Gaming Congress (EGC) 2019
Leading Data Center Provider announced as General Sponsor at EGC2019 Milan!!
The second edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC) is breaking all records in terms of support and there is no doubt that we need to supplement the seats.
As announced in earlier press releases, the location of the conference is Radisson Blu Hotel Milan and the date is the 8th of November.
If you haven’t marked this in your calendar, you best do it now and secure your seat now!
Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in Europe via the EGC platform every year.
With so many companies lined up as sponsors, we are happy to welcome NetShop Internet Services as General Sponsor in the impressive list of supporting companies.
George Sarris, CTO at NetShop Internet Services, commented about the announcement: “We, at NetShop ISP, are proud to be among the Official Supporters of the European Gaming Congress in Milan.
This particular conference has a significant value to the iGaming industry as it is happening towards the end of 2019; a year full of regulatory updates and announcements from new jurisdictions and upcoming legislation changes.
In addition to the regulatory frameworks introduced or updated by new and existing jurisdictions, Suppliers and Operators have to face technical challenges; a multi-jurisdiction license requires a multi-location server setup.
Myself, as an Infrastructure Solutions Architect, as well as our dedicated iGaming Specialists, look forward to the Panel discussions at EGC 2019. Finally, I would like to thank all those who voted NetShop ISP in order to be Award Shortlisted as “Best iGaming Service Provider”. It would be my honor, as the CTO of the Company to receive the award on behalf of my super dedicated and talented colleagues.”
About NetShop Internet Services – Leading Data Center Provider
NetShop Internet Services Ltd is a leading Data Center Provider n with a privately-owned infrastructure in more than 9 Datacenters in Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, and Los Angeles.
With more than a decade of presence in the iGaming industry, NetShop ISP is today, one of the most preferred choices for Startups, B2C and B2B Operators, iGaming Suppliers and Payment Providers. Our wide range of IT services includes, but not limited to, the following:
- Bare-metal Dedicated Servers Leasing
- Private Cloud Infrastructure
- Hybrid Cloud, SaaS and PaaS Platforms
- High-availability & Disaster Recovery Solutions
- Technical Documentation Drafting
- IT Audit Assistance
- DataCenter Managed Services
In just a couple of days, NetShop ISP is officially going to be present at the EGC2019 in Milan where will have the chance to present the igaming oriented hosting solutions to the participants of the event.
Browse the official event website here: www.europeangamingcongress.com
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