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Exclusive Interview with Piotr Dynowski (Partner and Head of IP, Media, Tech & Comms practice at Bird & Bird’s Warsaw Office)

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The Polish gambling industry has been the subject of many major changes, however not all of them are clear for the operators and shareholders.

So, I took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with Piotr Dynowski (Partner and Head of IP, Media, Tech & Comms practice at Bird & Bird’s Warsaw Office), who is going to be among the speakers at Prague Gaming Summit 2018 (more details here...), to gain an inside perspective on the Polish gambling market.

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I would like to thank you for spending time to answer our questions. First I would kindly ask you to shortly introduce yourself.

Piotr: My name is Piotr Dynowski and I’m a partner and head of IP, Media, Tech & Comms practice at Bird & Bird’s Warsaw office. For over 10 years now, as part of my practice, I have advised clients on all aspects of gaming law, in particular online gambling and betting, social gaming and e-sports. I advise on licensing regimes, regulatory issues, as well as advertising and provision of B2B services to gambling operators.

What is your personal opinion about the European gambling industry and could you make a comparison with the market that you know better and the European situation in terms of gaming and gambling?

Piotr: Unfortunately, Poland is still one of the most restrictive markets in Europe with respect to gambling and doing business by gambling operators in Poland is still pretty difficult, but apparently the changes to the Polish gambling regulations introduced last year were quite beneficial to the licensed betting operators and helped them almost double their turnover in comparison to the previous years. In general running gambling business, even in the EU, is very difficult as legal regulations differ significantly from country to country, some are very restrictive, others pretty liberal, and it is one of probably very few industry sectors left in the EU that are still completely unharmonised and where it seems the fundamental freedoms on which the EU is based do not really apply. Gambling industry has also to struggle all the time with negative perception by many governments and sometimes also negative image in the society. Generally gambling is still often perceived as something a little doggy and causing a lot of harm to the society despite all the efforts of the industry towards fraud protection, fighting gambling addiction and other important initiatives to prove that it is not a different industry than  any other entertainment industries.

In several Eastern European countries there are significant regulatory changes concerning online gambling. What advise would you give for the operators; which are the most attractive markets?

Piotr: Yes, we have seen recently some major changes to the gambling regulations in several Eastern European countries, but unfortunately most of them did not have too much impact on the situation of the private operators. Either they aimed at expanding and strengthening of the state monopoly like in Poland or Hungary or in theory created new opportunities for private operators to apply for new licences, but in practice turned out to be impossible to complete as in the Czech Republic. It seems that only Romania with its relatively liberal regulation in the region sees a major growth of its gambling market. The next big thing in Europe will most probably be Sweden which after years of strict monopoly will open soon to private operators. Taking into account that already a big number of companies in gambling industry are in fact of Nordic origin, the opening of the Swedish market will create enormous opportunities.

I would like to ask you to speak about the recent updates of the Polish gambling market. What can be expected in 2018 in terms of regulations, changes in this particular industry in Poland?

Piotr: Unfortunately, I’m afraid, there no major changes with respect to gambling regulations in Poland that we can expect in 2018. In my view any major future changes will depend on how successful the new online casino operations of the state monopoly will be, but there are delays with the launch of it, so it will take still some time to see how they are doing. If it is successful, the Polish government will have no incentive to liberalise the regulations and to let the private operators compete with the monopoly. But if it is a failure, they may reconsider whether it is not better to allow private operators to operate more freely and generate revenue for the state from the taxes. The only area where there may potentially be some changes in the foreseeable future is lowering slightly the taxes on gambling in Poland as they are currently very steep and one of the reasons many operators do not even try to apply for a licence here. Such change would certainly be welcome by the industry and could generate some more action on the market.

To hear more about the subject and meet Piotr in person, make sure you register and attend Prague Gaming Summit 2018, held on the 29th of March at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague.

Interviewee profile:

Piotr is one of the leading Intellectual Property, patent and IP litigation lawyers in Poland.

Piotr advises on all aspects of gaming law, in particular online gambling and social gaming. His expertise covers licensing regimes, regulatory issues as well as advertising and provision of services such as electronic payments in relation to gambling products.

In 2011, as the Polish expert he participated in the research conducted by Cambridge Health Alliance together with Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School, investigating associations between European gambling regulations and the actual gambling behavior of players.

In 2011, he represented the two largest European online gambling industry organisations in complaint proceedings against Poland to the European Commission for violation of the EU law by Polish gambling regulations, which resulted in the European Commission launching proceedings concerning violation of the EU law by Poland at the end of 2013 which terminated only in January 2016 after a number changes to the Polish gambling regulations were introduced.

He is a legal expert of the Polish Chamber of Commerce

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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BETEGY confirmed as TECHNOLOGICAL SPONSOR at CEEGC Budapest 2019

Zoltan Tundik

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Leading European sports data analytics company to sponsor the 4th edition of the CEE Gaming Conference.

The 2019 edition of CEEGC Budapest will take place on the 24th of September and will bring together some of the most influential companies of the gambling industry from all verticals and spheres.

As announced earlier, the conference will focus on Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, The Balkans, Emerging CEE jurisdictions, D-A-CH region, and a special IMGL MasterClass about the gambling industry in North America. Besides the compliance panel discussions, key industry figures will share their insights about compliance versus innovation, blockchain, fintech, eSports, artificial intelligence, loot boxes, and many more trending topics.

We are honored to announce that in the support of the conference is growing at an unprecedented pace and among these supporters, you will find BETEGY as TECHNOLOGICAL SPONSOR of the event.

If you would like to meet up with the BETEGY team, make sure to set a meeting with Alex Kornilov (CEO & Founder at BETEGY) who will also give a keynote presentation during the conference.

Make sure that you are among the delegates of CEEGC Budapest this year for a new and engaging format that is going to increase the engagement and interaction of the attending delegates.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

About BETEGY

BETEGY is the sports data analytics company which works on the intersection of sports, technology, and gaming. It provides various B2C and B2B products. BETEGY licenses the data and visualization systems to global sports betting and media companies like ESPN (USA), Turkcell (Turkey), Ringier Axel Springer (Eastern Europe), Wozhongla.com (China), Yahoo Sports (UK), Bwin (Russia) and others.

Short demo video:


Betegy – How It Works from Betegy on Vimeo.

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Iforium announced as MAIN STAGE SPONSOR at CEEGC Budapest 2019

Zoltan Tundik

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A multi-award-winning B2B software development company focused on providing next-generation gaming solutions to sponsor the 4th edition of the CEE Gaming Conference.

 

With just a little over a month to go until, the 4th edition of Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, also known as CEEGC Budapest, kicks off we are honored to announce that in 2019, Iforium will be the Main Stage Sponsor of the event.

The recently announced sponsor in one of the companies who is very active in most European jurisdictions and recently also expanding to the USA.

The 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest is taking place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest and if you would like to meet up with the Iforium team, make sure you look up Phil Parry (CEO at Iforium) or Andrew Cairns (Chief Operations Officer at Iforium).

If you are attending CEEGC for learning, there is good news for you, in 2019, the agenda of the conference will focus on Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, The Balkans, Emerging CEE jurisdictions, D-A-CH region, and a special IMGL MasterClass about the gambling industry in North America. Besides the compliance panel discussions, key industry figures will share their insights about compliance versus innovation, blockchain, fintech, eSports, artificial intelligence, loot boxes, and many more trending topics.

Make sure that you are among the delegates of CEEGC Budapest this year for a new and engaging format that is going to increase the engagement and interaction of the attending delegates.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

About Iforium

Founded in 2006 and based in the Isle of Man, Iforium is a multi-award winning B2B software development company focused on providing next-generation gaming solutions.

Gameflex™ is Iforium’s innovative casino aggregation and seamless bonusing platform. It combines over 8,000 games from 100+gaming vendors and is available to multi-channel operators via single and seamless API integration.

Iforium are the proud recipient of the EGR B2B IT Supplier of the Year Award and CEEGC Casino Awards 2017 & 2018. Iforium is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and by ONJN in Romania.

For more information please visit https://www.iforium.com/

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UltraPlay announced as Registration Sponsor at CEEGC Budapest 2019

Zoltan Tundik

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A modern technological company with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry to sponsor the 4th edition of the CEE Gaming Conference.

The Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, also known as CEEGC Budapest, has been created in 2016 to facilitate networking, deliver quality content and push innovation in the CEE region by bringing together gaming and gambling industry peers under one roof.

The recently announced sponsor in one of the companies who has been at the forefront of the industry in the region and has also pushed beyond its borders.

We are honored to announce that UltraPlay has chosen to be the Registration Sponsor at the 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest, which will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest.

In regards to supporting CEEGC Budapest as a Sponsor, Lyubomira Petrova, CMO at UltraPlay, stated the following: “CEEGC gives in-depth analysis and thought-provoking ideas of the market’s regulation as well as trends, innovative concepts, and overall growth of the region and beyond. We are looking forward to this year’s edition where a special place in the conference is dedicated to eSports with a discussion panel on the entire movement which is not to be missed.

In 2019, the agenda of the conference will focus on Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, The Balkans, Emerging CEE jurisdictions, D-A-CH region, and a special IMGL MasterClass about the gambling industry in North America. Besides the compliance panel discussions, key industry figures will share their insights about compliance versus innovation, blockchain, fintech, eSports, artificial intelligence, loot boxes, and many more trending topics.

Make sure that you are among the delegates of CEEGC Budapest this year for a new and engaging format that is going to increase the engagement and interaction of the attending delegates.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

About UltraPlay

UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions focused on sports and eSports betting, live betting, white-label, online casino and blockchain technology.

Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

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