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Exclusive Interview with Niklas Timmermann (Vice President of the German eSports Association – ESBD), speaker at VIGE2018

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My latest interviewee is going to be among the speakers of the Millennial Gaming Forum 2018 (part of Vienna International Gaming Expo 2018), you can read more about the event here.

Niklas Timmermann is a 30 year old lawyer from Osnabrück, Germany who has been involved in Professional eSports since 2003. Niklas is the Former World and European Champion in Need for Speed for Teams such as SK Gaming, Mousesports and Alternate Attax. He is currently working as a eSports consultant and being first vice president of the german eSports association ESBD.

We are very grateful for your generosity to answer our questions. First I would like to ask you to shortly introduce yourself and the company you represent, and tell us when and why you started working in this industry.

Niklas: Hey everyone! My name is Niklas Timmermann and I started working in eSports back in 2003 when I started my career as a Need for Speed player. 2004 I became Need for Speed world champion and used to play until 2010 for teams such as SK Gaming, Mousesports and Alternate aTTaX. Back then I ended my professional career due to my studies and switched into the backoffice at Alternate aTTaX until 2017. Today I am working as an eSports consultant for endemic as well as non-endemic brands with my company E-Native. Meanwhile I am the vice president of the German eSports association ESBD and responsible for the professional teams inside this organisation.

Most commonly eSports take the form of organized multiplayer video game competitions. The video game culture has changes a lot recently and many game developers design their games targeting a professional eSport subculture. How do you see this issue, what is your opinion about the professional players, the competitions, championships?

Niklas: First of all I do enjoy both online and offline gaming experience which is why I do see the diversity within the different genres of games as a key to the growth of the industry. As a former professional gamer I have to say that I love the thought of having my favorite game eSports ready, unlike several titles on the market right now. If you just take a look at FIFA, which in my opinion is artificially hyped, you do see a title without a proper way of observing the games which makes it practically not eSports ready. The readiness of a game for eSports will work as a catalyst to have a bigger impact on how often a game will be bought and how early professional tournaments will take place. Furthermore professional scenes may evolve and solidify easier, too.

You have extensive experience in eSports both as a professional player and as first Vice President of the German eSports Association ESBD. What is your opinion about eSports in Europe and particularly in Germany?

Niklas: In Germany we are actually 2-5 years behind the Nordic countries when it comes down to eSports. We are lacking grassroots amateur eSports which fuels the pro scene with young talents and the resentments versus shooters make it harder to develop professional structures since CS:GO is actually one of the biggest titles over here. Furthermore the pro scene is also affected high social taxes which make it hard to compete on an international level. We would need a lot more first movers and open-minded decision makers to develop a scene that is able to compete.

What do you think about the future of eSports, what are it perspectives?

Niklas: I guess many of the football teams will start to be a bit more open-minded concerning their choice of game titles. As I have already mentioned FIFA is kind of a blowfish and does not sufficiently represent the diversity and the potentials of eSports. I also see a shift of power in favor of the emerging national associations who will have an impact on how tournaments will run in the near future.

Which were the most difficult periods in your career so far and what do you consider your biggest success?

Niklas: My personal Waterloo took place in Singapore 2005 where I came as defending world and euro champion to the world championships and dropped out in semi final due to an awful mistake while being in the lead. That mistake actually haunted me for years, I even dreamed of that one a few years later. My biggest success was not becoming world champion but actually being able to put up a CSGO team winning the ESWC. While being low on resources we were still able to compete with great teams and being a manager includes a lot more responsibilities than being a player.

Please tell us about your plans for the future in your professional life?

Niklas: My biggest plan is to develop both my company as well as the ESBD into sustainable projects that will shape the German eSports in several ways.

Finally, I would like to ask you a personal question: where would you travel the most in Central Europe? What would a perfect holiday be for you?

Niklas: Due to my career as a player as well as a manager I have had the great opportunity to visit several countries in Europe. My favorite was actually Italy for having the best kitchen of all! I would enjoy seeing new places and trying new food.

If you want to meet Niklas in person or networking with the biggest names of the eSports, DFS, Virtual Sports and Crypto industry, make sure you attend the Millennial Gaming Forum 2018 which is part of Vienna International Gaming Expo.

With this occasion, I would also like to thank you for following my interview series and for sharing these information with your colleagues and partners. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming interview, please send me an e-mail to reka.szalo@europeangaming.eu and I will happily get back to you!

Reka is an Experienced English second language teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Translation, Foreign Languages, and Lecturing. Strong education professional with a Bachelor’s Degree majored in English Language and Literature/Letters. Reka is in charge of conducting the exclusive interviews on European Gaming and our printed magazine

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Portuguese Gambling Market Update, presented by Eduardo Morales-Hermo at European Gaming Congress (EGC) 2018

Zoltan Tundik

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Ljubljana – 11 July 2018 – Portugal is famous for many things, it is the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo, has great wine and a rich history. Being a medium-small size market with an estimate population of 10 million people, the gambling industry has always been a quality driver of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR).

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The GGR in Portugal is around 110 million Euros and the markets has interesting areas that is important to be discussed, as to what not to do in a regulatory framework regarding taxation.

Online gaming and betting generated €122.5 million in 2017 from 800,000 registered players on sites in Portugal. The information was revealed in February this year by the Gaming Regulation and Inspection Service.

The “Online gaming activity in Portugal” report for the last quarter of 2017 also showed that 17,600 players had self-excluded themselves from gambling, 4,600 more than in the third quarter of the year.

At the end of last year, 61.3 percent of gamblers were aged between 35 and 44, followed by 25 to 34-year-olds (39.3 percent) and 18 to 24-year-olds (27.8 percent).

More than half of the gamblers live in or around Porto (22 percent), Lisbon (19.5 percent) and Braga (9.7 percent).

The tax regime imposed by Portugal’s three-year-old gambling law seems to be a hindrance for new gambling companies. As per the law, remote gambling operators need to get a license from the country’s gambling regulator Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ).

During the inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress, gaming expert Eduardo Morales-Hermo, will share the latest insights he has about the market and experiences he encountered while working with the Portuguese and Spanish market regulations.

About Eduardo

A businessman with 45 years of experience, having worked as executive in corporation management, product development and, for the last ten years, as advisor and consultant in the gaming industry, both in-person and via interactive channels.

He graduated in MANAGEMENT STUDIES; Marketing and organization behavior; Quantitative Methods and Operations Management; Economics and Finance, by Emmanuel College (University of Cambridge); MBA/JD JOIN PROGRAM DEGREE (LMBA) by the University of Maryland, USA; New Technologies applied to Gaming and Entertainment; by the UNLV University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

Eduardo has more than 15-year experience in online gaming, strategy planning, product and business development, implementation and restructuration of gaming corporations; regulations making for in-person and online gaming via interactive channels.

He was CEO, General Director and stockholder of gaming corporations in several European countries, and currently he works as advisor and consultant at Intelligent Gaming Company, and has participated in more than 30 projects.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit of the great lineup of speakers that will share their knowledge for operators and industry connected companies about France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands and Belgium.

The inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress which will be held on the 16th of October at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana will also focus on shedding light upon the industry and its main topics.

The European Gaming Congress (EGC) is expected to bring together industry expert from all over Europe and create a platform which will enable both networking and learning at the highest quality.

You can view the full agenda on the following link.

Full detail about the event can be found on the official website of the event: https://europeangamingcongress.com/

Make sure you grab your seat as the seats are limited to 100 registrants!

 

Register here!

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IMGL MasterClass™ – US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations – panel discussion at CEEGC2018

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Budapest – 9 July 2018 There is, without any doubt, a large dumping of news and articles that focus on the US gambling market and the possibilities it might offer.

All these news have been circling around the industry and even mainstream media starting from May, when sports betting has been given the go-ahead by the US Supreme Court.

With the legalization of sports betting, many European companies are feeling a “gold rush” and hope to take advantage of one the biggest markets on the planet.

We are seeing and reading daily news about a large number of partnerships between European and US companies. Large European operators that already had a presence in the US market are already lining up for their comeback and relaunching old collaboration. Other operators and software providers are juggling events and focusing on how to enter and market their brand on US soil.

The opportunity for some is bigger than any other previous market opening and the figures are shown daily about the potential market size which are certainly impressive.

However, is this going to be a success story for European operations that have not really even been compliant with the currently in force regulations in European countries? There is no denying the fact that some of the operations haven’t even taken steps to learn more about how to be compliant in regulated European markets and are now looking to fulfill the “American Dream”.

The third edition of Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will feature a special IMGL MasterClass™ which will focus on delivering vital information about the.

The panel discussion is titled “US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations” and will feature industry experts from Europe and USA.

You can browse the full agenda and already confirmed speaker list on the following link.

Make sure you grab your seat in time and attend the most prestigious boutique style gaming event which gather C-level executives yearly in one of Europe’s most visited city.

Quotes about CEEGC Budapest from attending delegates

Rafal Nowak – iGaming Sales Director at Mobiyo

“A week after the Budapest Gaming CEE conferences, I’m still discussing the topics brought up there with fellow delegates. Thank you Zoltan Tundik for organizing an informative an well shaped event on this, often underestimated iGaming territory and good luck with the next one!”

Roy Pedersen – CEO & Chief Editor at All In Translations

“For All-in Translations’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour we decided to attend more smaller conferences. Zoltan and Betty are much of the reason for this. They have a unique way of giving a personal touch to the events they organise while at the same time keeping them highly relevant. CEEGC Budapest was another great example where we felt truly welcome, and at the same time it was great for business.”

Register here!

 

About the IMGL MasterClass™

The IMGL Masterclass is a conference format offered by the IMGL at international gaming events, including trade shows and conferences organized by others. IMGL provides the content and the expertise of our esteemed members and invited panelists – who share their knowledge with participants of the conference, network with each other, and enter into discussions on how to shape the future of gaming law on an international scale.

The IMGL Masterclass panelists include gaming experts — regulators, attorneys, industry executives, and educators — providing guidance regarding evolving issues in the gaming industry that are of interest to legislators, regulators, and others in the industry. Effectively, the IMGL Masterclass provides a platform beyond the yearly IMGL conferences for bringing together leading experts in the industry, legal advisers, and regulators in our global network.

IMGL Masterclasses stand for high-level discussions and interchange among experts. They strive to present only the best quality speakers and moderators — and the most up-to-date and relevant content in the IMGL Masterclass panels.

More details about IMGL can be found on the following website: https://www.imgl.org/

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Plan your autumn calendar with European Gaming Events

Zoltan Tundik

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Make sure that two of the most prestigious gaming conferences are in your calendar for the September – October period! 

Key facts: 23 European Market Updates, +60 Speakers, +200 C-Level Delegates, 20 Awards Categories, 2 IMGL MasterClassess, Innovation Talks featuring use of AI and Blockchain, Responsible Gambling, AML

Who should attend: gaming operators, regulators and government authorities, software and solution providers, payment solution providers, game developers, law firm and legal consultants

This autumn we are bringing an unparalleled series of networking, business and learning opportunities which are extending through 2 unique events in Europe.

Whenever if you are looking to win an award out of the 20 categories at the CEEG Awards Budapest or interested to learn more about the business possibilities of expansion and doing business in 23 European countries, not to mention diving into the potential opportunities the US market has to offer, you must attend our events in Budapest and Ljubljana.

Not to mention the fact that we will be hosting you at some of the most luxurious conference halls and hotels in Europe.

Check out the overview of the location for this year CEEGC Budapest, which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton on the 25th of September.

A domed ceiling and large chandelier loom over a spacious lounge and dining area – Photo credits: Ritz-Carlton

Brimming in culture, history and breathtaking architecture, Budapest embodies the European ideal. Set within its city center, this luxury hotel offers a palatial retreat moments from iconic landmarks and the River Danube; a place where guests can indulge in modern luxuries amid a space that blends traditional elegance with bold, contemporary design.

If this doesn’t impress you, then you also need to read the overview of the venue where the inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC) will be held. The first edition of the yearly European gaming event is taking place on the 16th of October at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana this year and you will surprised to see the list of VIPs that have stayed at the venue.

View from room at Grand Hotel Ljubljana – Photo credits: union-hotels.eu

The Grand Hotel Union held its grand opening in 1905. It was the first modern hotel in Ljubljana and at the time the highest building, built in Art Nouveau style. It was designed by architect Josip Vancaš and built by Viljem Treo. In over a century of its existence, the Grand hotel Union was an important co-creator of the political and social life in the capital and in the wider Ljubljana region. In its rich history the hotel witnessed many important events and hosted many famous people – actor and director Orson Welles in 1979, the American president Bill Clinton and his wife in 1999, the spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama in 2002 and the British Queen Elizabeth and her husband in 2008.

If these two venue location don’t impress you, then you will surely be impressed by the content of panel discussion which will be presented by over 60 speakers for +200 delegates.

Please find below the key links for your gateway to a unique autumn conference session.

Key links for CEEGC Budapest (25 September – The Ritz-Carlton):


Key links for European Gaming Congress (16 October – Ljubljana):

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