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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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Wazdan wins two awards at Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards

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Wazdan awarded the titles of the Best Slots Provider in the Baltics 2022 (B2B) and the Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology 2002 (B2B)

Wazdan, the innovative games provider, has won two awards at the recent Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards).

Wazdan was recognised in both the Best Slots Provider in the Baltics (B2B) and Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology (B2B) categories, highlighting the impressive reach the provider boasts across both regions.

The award recognised outstanding achievements in the regions across 28 categories, with the final results decided by delegates of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit.

Wazdan has enjoyed a positive start to 2022, releasing a number of thrilling new titles headlined by its new innovative slot, Magic Spins™, while also entering the recently regulated Ontario market.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “We’re extremely proud to have won two awards at the recent BSG Awards. The Baltic and Nordic regions are important regulated markets for us in Europe. We’re always looking to bring excellent gaming experiences to players and it’s fantastic that we’ve been recognised for our products.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of the entire team. Congratulations to all winners!”

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Lithuanian Regulator Imposes Fine of €6789 on 7bet

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The Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued 7bet operator Amber Gaming with a fine of €6789 for breaching the national laws brought in last year regarding the promotion of gambling.

An investigation from the Commission found that on 13 October and 4 November in 2021, and also on 4 February this year, Amber Gaming published content on its website that the regulator said encouraged consumers to gambling.

The Commission highlighted a number of statements that could be seen as promotional and content intended to draw players to gambling with the operator’s 7bet brand.

These statements included “Online casino: free spins and casino bonus” and “For those who want a greater sense of excitement, 7bet offers live real-time casino games. It gives you even more chances to win”.

Ruling on the case, the Commission said the published information was “aimed at drawing attention to the company, its offer, persuading and encouraging persons to participate in the company’s games”.

This, the regulator said, was considered to encourage participation in games and therefore breached Article 10 (19) of the country’s Ali.

It was established that the published information was aimed at drawing attention to the company, its offer, persuading and encouraging persons to participate in the company’s games, which is considered to encourage participation in games, therefore, the company violated the requirements of Article 10 (19).

Amber Gaming was also warned that similar breaches or failure to remove any promotional content could result in the operator having its licence in the country suspended.

The operator does have the option to appeal the decision.

Lithuania’s ban on gambling promotion came into effect on 1 July 2021, on the 20th anniversary of the Lithuanian Gambling Commission’s formation.

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Industry-leading Sports Betting Brand William Hill Launched in Latvia

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The internationally well-renowned sports betting and online casino brand William Hill rolled out in Latvia. A quick market entry was made possible by rebranding the local sports betting brand 11.lv.

Acquired by the William Hill Group in 2019, 11.lv has operated under a local license in Latvia since 2012, growing to a top 3 player in the online sports betting and casino market in 2021.

The rebrand coincides with some significant sporting events in Latvia, including the 2022 IIHF World Championship this month and the Responsible Gaming Latvian Cup (Latvian FA) – which William Hill financially supports.

The company also intends to leverage existing media partnerships with bespoke creatives underpinned by the William Hill brand concept of Brotherhood, centred around the power sports and betting have to connect people in a responsible environment.

“I am very proud of the work done building 11.lv brand in the Latvian market, becoming one of the leading brands in the country. This makes us well-positioned to take this strategic step, and we look forward to introducing one of the strongest brands in the industry and proving to our Latvian customers that William Hill is who you play with,” Nir Hakarmeli, MD of William Hill International, said.

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