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Riga Gaming Congress: speaker interview with Eman Pulis

George Miller

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Eman Pulis is an expert with fifteen years of experience in organizing exhibitions, summits and conferences. His projects include the largest international gambling forum SiGMA in Malta. The first SiGMA gathered several thousands of participants; with every year, their number increases. At Riga Gaming Congress, Eman Pulis will tell how the work on such a large-scale event is conducted, present the SiGMA-2017 announce and take part in the discussion session concerning gambling legal aspects. We asked the expert to answer some questions about his personality and activity.

– You often refer to yourself as a “startup-romantic”. What does it mean for you and how does it describe your business approach?

EP: I have been a start-up all my life, trying new things, often failing because I didn’t know better and also because I could have used a little more support and mentoring. I still consider my projects to be at the start-up level, but with a very solid proof of concept. The business, be it events (SiGMA, Affiliate Grand Slam), software development (SMSwarriors) or affiliation (BonusVikings), is growing healthily.
As a result, thanks to the SiGMA platform, I’m using this show as a launchpad for other start-ups to network, get the necessary mentoring and support, not only from us (our knowledge is limited), but especially from dedicated mentors and investors, who are attending the show for this purpose. We launched the SiGMA startup pitch last year and feedback this year is phenomenal with over 80 startups having applied already and some of the best gaming venture capitalists worldwide attending. We are giving startups around 20,000 Eur worth of goodies, from a booth at SiGMA to free office space in our Gaming Hub in Malta and much more. All of this is free!

– Tell us briefly about the results of the last SiGMA summit. How many participants, speakers, and presentations have been involved? What about the feedback? What was implemented for the first time?

EP: SiGMA is literally doubling in size every year for the past four years. What started as a humble show with 1,300 delegates is this year anticipating 250 sponsors and exhibitors, 150 speakers and 6-7,000 delegates – including affiliates, operators, vendors, startups, investors and regulators. The floor plan is sold out six months before the show – which is unprecedented in this industry.

– You are known as a founder and organizer of SiGMA, but you also have other gambling projects. Could you say a few words about them?

EP: I actually made it clear to myself that I would never do business in gambling outside SiGMA. I have been unofficially blessed with the privilege of putting the spotlight on Malta thanks to this event called SiGMA and I want to carry this project with no conflicting interests.

Imagine me, as the CEO of SiGMA, trying to sell a sponsorship to a games developer if I have vested interests in another games development company? Or trying to sell an operator a booth whilst at the same time competing for traffic with that casino with my own casino brand. Would these companies trust their brands with me and with SiGMA? No.

As a result of this line of thinking I have respectfully declined offers for shares in a number of companies, even when I saw that the profits were lucrative. I take the time to explain that my neutrality in the show is what made them approach me in the first place and, in all cases, they have their mind at rest that I would never have vested interests in any other gaming company.

This, I must say, is an intangible asset that I hold very dear.

– What could be considered as the most challenging in preparation to the event of such scale?

EP: Oh my! So many challenges! Thankfully I’m a bit of an OCD (ha!) so I strive for perfection in every little step we make as a team – be it content writing, manning of stands, customer service – the biggest challenge is managing a team of around 200 employees on the two days of the show – from securities, ticketing staff, cleaning, speakers, booth builders – it needs to run as smooth as an orchestra.
Thankfully, I’ve been in the business of organising events for fifteen long years – be it parties, concerts, conferences or expos.
The bigger the show gets the more I realize on the need to delegate and resist micro-managing everything. To this extent, surrounding yourself with the best talent is paramount.

– Who is involved in the team of SiGMA organizers? How many people are necessary to get the massive event ready in one year?

EP: WE are only around five people in total, working full time all year round. Closer to the show we beef up those numbers obviously.

– What is planned for SiGMA-2017 participants? Something special for the fourth congress?

EP: After three years, we felt the time was right to shift to a bigger venue that meets the needs of a growing show. This year SiGMA will be situated a stone-throw away from the old charming city of Mdina. The focus by day will be at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), then once the sun sets down, the focus will shift back to the official hotel, Corinthia San Gorg, and the surrounding restaurants in the city that seldom sleeps, St. Julian’s.

This year there’s something new, quite literally, for everyone:

  • IMGL are officially endorsing this show for the very first time with two regulatory panel discussions;
  • The GPI European Poker Conference shifted to Malta within SiGMA;
  • Gaming Malta partnered with SiGMA to launch the very first DFS conference;
  • A new, dedicated conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies;
  • A new, dedicated conference on Bingo;
  • A new top-tier SEO masterclass for the very advanced;
  • KPMG strengthened their partnership with their e-Summits;
  • New world-class investors have joined last year’s lot, including Mark Blandfort, Simon Collins, Walker Parker, Julie Meyer and many more;
  • The line-up of start-ups shot up from a humble eight last year to over fifty this year;
  • The number of delegates shot up from 3,800 to a staggering 7,000 delegates;
  • The number of affiliates shot up from 1,200 to a staggering 2,600 (check graphs so I tally);
  • The foot print of our expo as well as the number of exhibitors tripled;
  • World class brands are gracing our floor plan for the first time – Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, PokerStars, Processing.com, Kindred, iGaming Platform, NetRefer, MyAffiliates, Twin, Casino Cruise, White Hat Gaming, Ikibu, Viarsys, Authentic Gaming, Blexr, Booming Games, Gambling Affiliation, Af2Af and many more first time exhibitors;
  • The Malta Gaming Awards have been upgraded to recognise emerging trends in the industry;
  • Our careers convention will welcome over 1,000 recruits, all hoping to land the career of a lifetime;
  • We kept in close contact with all stakeholders throughout the year with a series of lavish dinners called iGatherings;
  • We launched Affiliate Grand Slam; Tallinn in April, then Bucharest in September, flying a whopping 200 affiliates to each destination on an all-inclusive treat, saving no shillings along the way;
  • Our publications grew bigger, slicker and reached more corners around the world;
  • We persuaded the industry to ditch the vodka red bull; and started a new whiskey & cigar culture!
  • 1,000 top level delegates benefited from our VIP Program.

– Are you aiming to expand the event geography and organize it in Europe, Asia, America? Or perhaps Malta and SiGMA are together forever?

EP: Only time will tell whether we expand the show further – for the time being SiGMA belongs in Malta and there is little scope for us to relocate elsewhere. Malta has been very kind to us and we feel right at home with the show in this charming Mediterranean state.

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Unconditional victory for EGT Interactive at SEG Awards

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Great night, great news for EGT Interactive from Milan! On this year’s SEG Awards that took place during the European Gaming Congress last Friday, company beat the competition uncompromisingly in the very competitive category – Rising Star in Online Casino Technology and won the 1st prize.

“Well, we are not rising, but we are definitely stars in our business solutions that we provide. And we prove it every day, with every slot, reel, bonus and all the details within our games that are quite familiar to the players worldwide. We greatly appreciate this recognition and this award! Thank you very much again from the whole team of EGT Interactive!” Said Polyna Nedyalkova, Business Development Manager at EGT Interactive.

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SKS365 At European Gaming Congress: “Responsibility, Awareness And Common Sensitivity Are The Answers Against Prohibitions And Prejudices In Italian Gaming Industry”

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SKS365 At European Gaming Congress: "Responsibility, Awareness And Common Sensitivity Are The Answers Against Prohibitions And Prejudices In Italian Gaming Industry"
SKS365’s Senior Strategic Advisor, Maurizio Bernardo.
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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, 2019Italy 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 meterThe 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.

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NetShop Internet Services, Leading Data Center Provider, Official Supporter of the European Gaming Congress (EGC) 2019

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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:

  • Colocation
  • 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.

The Company has been Nominated for the Award of the “Best iGaming Service Provider” at the SEG Awards2019. You can register here or view the agenda here!

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

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