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Post-Event: MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit Tallinn (hybrid edition), the first of its kind

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The third edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit took place on the 6th of August in Tallinn and has organized under special circumstances. Due to the travel restrictions, which change weekly in Europe among the states, we had to switch to a hybrid conference.

The hybrid format allowed the speakers and moderators who were restricted from traveling to attend the conference with the help of streaming technologies.

Thanks to this quick fix, the conference has once again been confirmed as the only quality conference in the region that gathers a high number of important delegates and provides quality content about the Baltic and Scandinavian region.

The agenda of the conference included several panel discussions, a fireside chat, several networking opportunities, and last but not least the second edition of the BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards) which rewarded the top 36 companies from the Baltic Sea region for their hard work.

With this occasion, we would like to thank the supporting sponsors of the unique boutique-style conference and the praises go to:

The attending delegates had the unique opportunity to hear the recent updates and enjoy network sessions with some of the leading names of the industry. You can find the full list of speakers below at the end of the press release!

The audio recordings of the panel discussions and videos will are available for European Gaming PREMIUM Members.

We are navigating uncharted waters, but it is very important to motivate ourselves that we have already gone through a hard road to get here. We owe ourselves not to give up and to continue our path. It was very hard to decide if we will host the 2020 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, but having the attention of so many companies that were interested to attend from the region, we had to do it. We of course were limited in terms of size by the local law, however, we are happy to say that at least some of the Baltic industry’s like-minded peers have had the occasion of shaking hands and hugging each other. Special thanks to our MARE BALTICUM Ambassador Andrius Gabnys and Jovita Gabnienė, our TECH Conference Ambassador in the Baltics, for helping us by being on the ground in Tallinn. MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is an awesome platform that grows year by year and we are thankful to have this opportunity to meet so many great people each year. We are coming back next year as well and we will keep coming back yearly!” stated Zoltan Tuendik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events (part of Hipther Agency)

As usual, the conference featured the yearly Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) and the winners have been decided by a final vote, which was submitted by the attending participants.

The winners at the BSG Awards 2020 are the following:

1/36 – BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE BALTICS 2020: PAF
2/36 – BALTICS – BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN ONLINE CASINO 2020: OPTIBET
3/36 – BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE BALTICS 2020: BETSAFE
4/36 – BALTICS – BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN SPORTS BETTING 2020: CBET
5/36 – BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: SPORTRADAR
6/36 – BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: GOLDEN RACE
7/36 – RISING STAR IN BALTIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2020: DS VIRTUAL GAMING
8/36 – RISING STAR IN BALTIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2020: SINGULAR
9/36 – BEST SPORTS BETTING INNOVATION IN THE BALTICS 2020: SG DIGITAL
10/36 – BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: SOFTGAMINGS
11/36 – BEST MOBILE BETTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: GOLDEN RACE
12/36 – BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: TOM HORN GAMING
13/36 – BEST ONLINE CASINO INNOVATOR IN THE BALTICS 2020: BETGAMES.TV
14/36 – BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: EVOLUTION GAMING
15/36 – BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: EVOLUTION GAMING
16/36 – RISING STAR IN BALTIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2020: MICROGAMING
17/36 – BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2020: CONNECTPAY
18/36 – BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE BALTICS 2020: GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL(GLI)
19/36 – BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE NORDICS 2020: CASUMO
20/36 – NORDICS – BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN ONLINE CASINO 2020: NINJA CASINO
21/36 – BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE NORDICS 2020: BET365
22/36 – NORDICS – BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN SPORTS BETTING 2020: OPTIBET
23/36 – BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: ULTRAPLAY
24/36 – BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: SCOUT GAMING GROUP
25/36 – RISING STAR IN NORDIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2020: GOLDEN RACE
26/36 – RISING STAR IN NORDIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2020: ALTENAR
27/36 – BEST SPORTS BETTING INNOVATION IN THE NORDICS 2020: NSOFT
28/36 – BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: TGLAB SPORTSBOOK & MODELLING
29/36 – BEST MOBILE BETTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: BEST GAMING TECHNOLOGY (BGT – PLAYTECH)
30/36 – BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: NETENT
31/36 – BEST ONLINE CASINO INNOVATOR IN THE NORDICS 2020: TOM HORN GAMING
32/36 – RISING STAR IN NORDIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2020: GREENTUBE
33/36 – BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: PLAY’N GO
34/36 – BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: EVOLUTION GAMING
35/36 – BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2020: TRUSTLY
36/36 – BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE NORDICS 2020: GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL(GLI)

To have the award delivered to your office, please contact Andrada Marginean for more details.

You can view the full official image gallery of the conference on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157715457973032

The 2021 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is scheduled for May 2021 and the location will be revealed soon based on a final surveying and strategy setting.

We are already working hard on our next events and we look forward to seeing you in the digital sphere at European Gaming Congress 2020 Virtual Edition!

Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit:

Jan Urbanec (CEO at Endorphina): “I very much enjoyed the fresh and dynamic approach of the organizers. Even though all imaginable obstacles were in front of them, they were very flexible and facilitated us to have a great panel with top panelists. The topic of casino and sportsbook cross-promotion post-COVID will still require more deep exploration with experience and time

Priit Pajumaa (Head of Online Operations at Olympic Entertainment Group): “Great event with high focus on Baltic markets with industry side notes

Ineta Macinskiene (Head Of Sales at ConnectPay): “The concept of gathering Operators-Regulators-Service providers for sharing news, insights and open discussions are bringing a high value. Well done with a hybrid conference in Tallinn 2020!”

The lectures and industry insight during the conference were given by:

Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm), Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania), Signe Birne (Director of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Sören Meius (Estonian Ministry of Finance), Janis Laganovskis (Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Rūta Giedrienė (Compliance and Regulatory Officer at the Gaming Control Authority of Lithuania), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW), Dainis Niedra (Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe at Enlabs), Kaido Ulejev (Commercial Director CEECA at Betsson Group), Karolis Gogaitis (General Manager at CBet.lt), Kristaps Dobrajs (Sales Director at ConnectPay), Henrik Norsk Hoffmann (Partner at Nordic Gambling), Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling), Jakub Kolomicenko (Head of the legal department at Endorphina), Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW), Araksi Sargsyan (Head of Business Development at DS Virtual Gaming), Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular), Nadiya Attard (Director of Sales at Relax Gaming), Jan Urbanec (CEO at Endorphina), Justinas Badaras (Business Development Manager at Bankera), John Mallia (Team Manager – Gaming Accounts at Trustly), Dmitrijus Borisenka (Co-Founder and CEO of CoinGate), and Sergei Verbitski (CEO of Cointraffic).

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

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Games Factory Talents has teamed up with Nordic Game to bring you Nordic Game Talents.

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Looking to take your career to the next level in the games industry? Then, Nordic Game Talents is the place to be! Games Factory Talents has teamed up with Nordic Game to bring you Nordic Game Talents.

From Oct 27-29, the online and interactive event is dedicated to recruitment and career building in the creative & games industry within the Nordic region. The event empowers participants to be part of a bigger community and motivates them to explore new paths in achieving their career goals.

Hiring creative & games studios – Supercell, Funcom, Panzerdog, Tactile Games, Gamecan, Fingersoft, Dazzle Rocks, Redhill Games to name a few from the Nordic region will be participating in the event. These studios will share information on their latest projects, work culture and what it takes to be part of their team. The individual games associations from Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Estonia will share insights through live sessions on the booming games industry in their respective countries. Career development topics pertinent to job seekers like – How to have a successful first interview, Creative Portfolio reviews will also be discussed.

Experienced game industry professionals and individuals beginning their careers from around the world are welcome to join the event. One-to-one interviews with the hiring studios can be scheduled through the event platform. A great opportunity to get to know the studios and network with game professionals from around the world.

Participating in the event

As a job seeker attending Nordic Game Talents, take a few minutes to fill out a simple registration form. After filling the registration form you will receive a link to the online event platform – PINE, to join the event on 27th October. Participants joining Nordic Game Talents will also receive a free-of-charge pass to the Nordic Game Conference.

To view the complete agenda, please click here and to learn more about the event please visit Games Job Fair

About Games Factory Talents

A Helsinki-based talent attraction agency dedicated to the games & creative industry. Our services include direct recruitment, organizing game job fairs and managing a community of game industry professionals through our GameDev Talent Board.

To learn more about Games Factory Talents visit – Games Factory Talents

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Lithuania Approves Creation of Online-only Gaming Licences

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The Seimas, Lithuania’s legislature, has approved the first reading of amendments that would allow online-only gaming licences in the country.

At the moment, only operators that have a licence to offer land-based gaming can hold a remote gambling permit in Lithuania. Online-only operators must partner with land-based licensees to be able to offer gaming in the country. The new amendments to legislation would introduce a specific online licence that wouldn’t require a partnership.

Operators who wish to apply for a licence would need to hold at least €1.2m in capital in the case of casino gaming, or €289,000 and €144,000 in the case of online sports betting and online horse racing betting respectively.

Meanwhile, a new fee would apply to all kinds of gambling licences. Licensees must pay a fee of €1m on receipt of their licence and an additional payment depending on the type of licence. That payment would be €300,000 for slots, €100,000 for bingo and €500,000 for remote gambling.

The amendments would also require the construction of new slot halls, bingo halls and betting shops to be approved by municipal councils.

The first reading of the amendments was approved with 74 votes in favour, seven against and 39 abstentions. A second reading is still needed before the proposals become law.

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Lithuanian Gaming Regulator Imposes Fine of €10,814 on Unigames

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The Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued a €10,814 fine to operator Unigames for organising gambling “outside the gambling regulation”.

An inspection carried out by the regulator found that the combined betting function used by Unigames’ via a BetBuilder feature were outside of the requirements specified in the company’s rules.

The regulator determined that this product, which allows players to create their own multiple bets on single sporting events, was not permitted in the country.

A ban on various forms of gambling promotion – such as bonuses – was recently implemented in Lithuania in July.

A statement from the regulator said: “The company has been warned about the possible violation of the license… and is obliged to eliminate the violation within the set term.

“This is the second decision after the Gambling Act gave the Gambling Supervisory Authority the right to impose economic sanctions on gambling organizers.”

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