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iGaming Idol doubled in size and sets a new standard for Industry award events

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NetEnt take home most awards whilst Mr Green and Jackpot Joy follow. Robin Ramm Ericson & Gustaf Hagman of Leo Vegas win Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

 

The much-awaited second annual iGaming Idol gala awards dinner lit up the Industry with a full capacity attendance of 430 iGaming executives, employees, friends and 18 new ‘Idols of the Year’.

The event, which doubled in its attendance figures when compared to the 2016 edition, was held in the prestigious Grand Master Suite at the Hilton Hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.

Distinguished guests were welcomed to the black-tie event with red-carpet treatment and champagne on arrival, before being hosted to a three-course dinner and a night of glitz and glamour by industry personalities Michael Caselli, Editor in Chief of iGaming Business, and Rebecca Liggero from Calvin Ayre.

Michael Pedersen, CEO of iGaming idol, welcomed the guests, finalists and sponsors by thanking them for their support, whilst he reiterated that those attending were supporting the Industry and the local community in a major way.

Mr Pedersen said: “iGaming Idol is all about the recognition of individuals and giving employees within the industry their due importance. Supporting charity and giving back to the community is another pillar of iGaming Idol and we are thrilled to donate more than €12,000 to the Malta Community Chest Fund this year.

 

Special guest, the Hon Silvio Schembri, Paliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, delivered the opening speech by praising the organisers for their innovative concept in recognising the talent behind the industry’s success.

He congratulated all the finalists, noting that it was encouraging to see a good number of Maltese nationals had made the list in several categories. Hon Schembri also announced that Government was taking measures to facilitate work permits and visas to attract more foreign talent.

The attendees were entertained throughout the evening with live music, and the hosts were on spectacular form.

 

The ceremony can be viewed here

 

The evening culminated in the awards ceremony and 16 winners taking home the title of ‘Idol of the Year’ within their respective categories. The finalists were put through a rigorous process including being interviewed by expert judges from the same category.

In addition to the 16 Idols, prestigious awards were given out to Robin Ramm Ericson and Gustaf Hagman of Leo Vegas for winning ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ as well as Catena Media for taking home ‘Employer of the Year’.  The iGaming Idol Awards are fully audited by BDO Malta, an affiliate organisation of BDO International.

 

The winners were:

 

Category Winner Company
Affiliate Manager Idol of the Year Laura O Brien Mr Green
Business Intelligence Idol of the Year Andrew Galea NetRefer
Casino Product Idol of the Year Alan Brincat Quasar Gaming
Compliance and Regulated Markets Idol of the Year Ewout Wierda Videoslots
Customer Service Idol of the Year Viktor Mardberg Jackpot Joy
Design & User Experience Idol of the Year Martin McDonald Join Games
Fraud & Risk Idol of the Year Daniel Buttitieg APCO Pay
HR Idol of the Year Roberta Geres Mr Green
Live Casino Dealer Idol of the Year Joscelyn James Sims NetEnt
Manager Idol of the Year Lahcene Merzoug Evoke
SEO/SEM Idol of the Year Sean Bianco Quasar Gaming
Sports Product Idol of the Year Tamara Caligari Tipico
Recruitment Idol of the Year Jakob Wallof NetEnt
Tech Back-end Idol of the Year Anthony Sammut NetEnt
Tech Front-end Idol of the Year Kurt Aquilina Play N Go
VIP Manager Idol of the Year Steve DeGiorgio Jackpot Joy
Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Robin Ramm Ericson & Gustaf Hagman Leo Vegas
Employer of the Year Catena Media
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Engage in an Enhanced iGaming Experience with iGATE at iGB L!VE 2024

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iGATE, a rapidly expanding iGaming platform, specialising in white-label casino solutions focused on driving customer success, is set to showcase its cutting-edge casino platform at iGB L!VE 2024 from July 17-18, 2024, at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.

iGATE’s solutions specialise in merging high-end artistry with innovative functionality designed to optimise the gaming experience and enhance player engagement.

iGB L!VE 2024 is an essential gathering of iGaming professionals to explore the latest developments and connect with industry leaders.

The event is celebrated for its comprehensive coverage of gaming innovation and strategy.
John Foster, Managing Director at iGATE, commented, “iGB L!VE 2024 is a mainstay in the iGaming industry and an exciting opportunity for iGATE to demonstrate how our solutions not only captivate but also retain players through superior design and technology. We look forward to engaging with our peers and revealing how our developments can benefit operators and players alike.”

iGB L!VE 2024 participants are welcome to meet the iGATE team at Stand 12-J60 to explore the sophistication and functionality of our gaming solutions in person.

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Exciting Changes to the European Gaming Congress 2024: More Value for Operators & Affiliates!

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HIPTHER is thrilled to announce a dynamic shift in focus for the upcoming European Gaming Congress (EGC) 2024, taking place in the vibrant city of Warsaw between 15-16 October! Our aim is to better serve our community of operators and affiliates by offering a richer, more diverse range of topics and panels.

While we will continue to provide critical insights with two compliance panels focused on Poland and the combined Nordic + D-A-CH regions, we are expanding our agenda to include exciting new topics that cater specifically to your interests and needs:

Esports: Exploring the rapidly growing world of competitive gaming and its integration with traditional gambling.

SEO: Strategies to optimize your online presence and drive more traffic to your platforms.

Marketing & PR: Innovative approaches to branding, customer engagement, and public relations in the gaming industry.

Fintech: Discovering the latest financial technologies transforming the gaming payment landscape.

Blockchain: Understanding how blockchain technology is revolutionizing transparency, security, and operations within gaming.

Special Offer: 30 Free Tickets for Affiliates and Operators!

To celebrate these exciting changes, we are offering 30 FREE TICKETS exclusively for affiliates and operators. This is your chance to gain invaluable knowledge, network with industry leaders, and stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving gaming landscape.

Don’t miss out! Secure your free ticket today and be part of the transformation at EGC 2024.

Claim Your Free Ticket Now: https://hipther.com/events/egc/freetickets-egc2024/

Join us in Warsaw for a groundbreaking event that promises to deliver unparalleled insights, innovative discussions, and exceptional networking opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you to the European Gaming Congress 2024!

Stay tuned for more updates and detailed agenda announcements.

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MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 Sparked GameTech Revolution and Unity Across the Baltics and Nordics

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HIPTHER, leading conference organizer for Gaming and Technology industries in Europe, is thrilled to announce the completion of a revolutionary 2024 edition for their successful MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit series.

The #hipthers brought together in Tallinn some of the best companies and most distinguished experts across iGaming, Technology and Compliance industries between 3-5 June, offering a premium experience of growth and connectivity to local and international professionals.

Relive the Moments – MBGTS 2024 Photo Album

 

From the Baltic and Nordic Standards to the World: iGaming & Compliance Updates

Day 1 of the Summit was brimming with Compliance updates and insights from panels focusing both on the local standards, as well as keeping up with global compliance trends. Renowned experts debated the the complexities and nuances of the iGaming regulatory landscape in the Baltics and Nordics, offered a concise overview of the complex regulatory frameworks in Serbia, the USA, Spain, Germany, and Estonia, and provided Insights into Market Dynamics, Trends, and Sports Betting Evolution in the Nordic iGaming Landscape.

Furthermore, delegates had the precious opportunity to attend an IMGL Masterclass about Navigating MiCA, EU AI Act, and DSA in the Digital Age.

 

Exploring Fintech, Blockchain, and the Potential of DAOs in the Gaming Industry

The Summit offered valuable insights on the evolution of financial institutions, exploring the integration of fintech and blockchain and the challenges and opportunities it brings.

Our experts introduced the concept of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and how they are emerging as a transformative force in the gaming industry, offering new possibilities for community-driven game development, player-owned economies, and transparent governance.

 

Exploring Digital Engagement: Esports Dynamics, Gamification, Mobile Innovation, AI and Web3

True to its title of Gaming & TECH, the conference delved deep into all matters Tech, ranging from Gaming and the global challenges and opportunities within the eSports industry, the strategic integration of gamification to boost player retention and loyalty in the iGaming sector, and the Digital Services Act and AI EU Act for businesses, to the Integration of Blockchain and Web3 Across Industries.

A specially designed Workshop on Baltic Compliance in Web3, Fintech, and Blockchain offered  a deep dive into Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania’s regulatory frameworks, featuring interactive discussions and case studies.

 

The Power of Communication: Marketing & Organizational Culture Sessions

The MARE BALTICUM Summit speakers offered insights and ample food for thought for all aspects of Marketing in GameTech, starting from the power collab between SEO and Affiliate Marketing Websites, and highlighting the crossroads between B2B and B2C on the path to commercial success.

Honouring the commitment to offering valuable knowledge across the spectrum of GameTech operations, HIPTHER innovates by adding the matter of Organizational Culture in the industry’s Conference Agenda under the guidance of expert Organizational Culture Designers.

 

Connecting People in the 21st Century: MARE BALTICUM Networking Sessions

The magical MARE BALTICUM Experience kicked off with a relaxing Welcome Meet in the lavish environment of the Olympic Park Casino on 3 June.

Wellness and balanced nutrition are always a staple at HIPTHER conferences, and this time the Team upped the Game by adding a special Morning Yoga & Mindful Breathing Session from a certified yoga instructor, to open Day 1 with tranquility and focus. The “traditional” Morning Networking Run opened Day 2 on 5 June, also celebrating the Global Running Day 2024!

Delicious vegan meals, snacks, and coffee nourished attendees and promoted networking and bonding over new taste experiences across the lunch and coffee breaks.

Two electrifying networking parties, the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming (BSG) Awards Ceremony Party featuring an exciting karaoke stage, and the Closing Party, offering a Private Concert, Pizza and Drinks, brought people together and ensured a fun, social, and successful experience for all!

 

The Future of Gaming & Technology: MARE BALTICUM 2025 and European Gaming Congress

The popular MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Series travels and honours the Baltic States, and  will return next year in Vilnius! Stay tuned to HIPTHER Channels for updates!

In the meantime, HIPTHER prepares a new All-Gaming Conference Experience and invites you to the European Gaming Congress (EGC) 2024 in Warsaw on 15-16 October, to discuss and connect over Gambling Industry Compliance, iGaming Innovation, Marketing (Communication, Affiliate, SEO), Organizational Culture, and the Evolution of Fintech and Blockchain.

Secure your Early Bird EGC Tickets Until July 10

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