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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

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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 Sponsor profile – DS Virtual Gaming (General Sponsor)

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DS Virtual Gaming among the General Sponsors at Prague Gaming Summit 2020.

 

A new record has been broken this year at Prague Gaming Summit and we are happy to announce that we had to supplement the seats as the regular tickets have been sold out.

The 2020 edition of the Prague Gaming Summit, which will take place on the 6th of March at Vienna House Andel’s Prague and we are happy to confirm that DS Virtual Gaming will be among the sponsors this year.

DS Virtual Gaming are a software developer and comprehensive service provider in the field of virtual sports betting and online games.

Their team tried and tested top products RACINGDOGS, RACINGDOGS+, RACINGHORSES, RACINGKARTS and Roulette are best sellers and long sellers at the same time.

The special feature of their software is that the virtual events are recorded video files that visualize the final result.

Test their products today and visit the official website: www.virtualgaming.com

You can also contact the DS Virtual Gaming team at: [email protected]

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry via the Prague Gaming Summit platform, book your ticket now in order to avoid disappointment and also book a meeting with Dalia Kasparian (Sales & Marketing at DS Virtual Gaming) and Martin Dvorak (Managing Director at DS Virtual Gaming) The seats are limited!

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

 

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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 speaker profile: Joerg Hoffmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW)

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the “IMGL MasterClass – The trend towards restrictions”

As mentioned in earlier press releases, Prague Gaming Summit 2020 will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about the recent restrictions in Europe and especially in Germany from Joerg Hoffmann – MELCHERS LAW

Dr. Joerg Hofmann is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”) and group leader of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group of Melchers Law Firm.  He has been practicing gaming law since the mid-90s and Melchers’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of the gaming industry. A highly recognized expert in the field, Joerg has been consistently ranked as a leading individual and expert in gaming law by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global and Best Lawyers for many years..

Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Russell Mifsud, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Prague Gaming Summit. The agenda was relevant, content was good and the caliber of speakers was excellent. I also welcomed the opportunity to catch up with some old faces and forge ties with new ones. Kudos to Zoltan and the team. I look forward to attending again next year.

Russell Mifsud

Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG

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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 speaker profile: Tatiana Davydova (Chief HR Officer at Parimatch)

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the “Diversity In The Gambling Industry, HR Topic Or Reality”

As mentioned in earlier press releases, Prague Gaming Summit 2020 will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about the status of diversity in the gambling industry from Tatiana Davydova – Parimatch, alongside Ana-Maria Baciu – Simion & Baciu Law Firm and moderator Dr. Simon Planzer – PLANZER LAW

Tatiana Davydova joined Parimatch as Chief HR Officer in 2019. Tatiana is responsible for hiring, employee engagement, and development, promotions, HR policies, and procedures.

During her first six months with Parimatch, Tatiana restructured the HR department into distinct units including the center of expertise, the HRBP function and the center of innovation, which focuses on optimization and automation.

Tatiana has been responsible for the launch of an employee handbook, aligning all policies and procedures, launching the corporate website, automating recruitment, introducing a bonus policy and a centralized HR Information System.

Tatiana has also reviewed and updated policies for onboarding, employee surveys, annual leave, and performance evaluation.

Prior to Parimatch, Tatiana worked for 15 years as an HR officer in an IT company. In her previous role, Tatiana was Head of Global HR in one of the largest international software development companies for gambling – Playtech. She was responsible for approximately 6,500 employees, following the takeover of Snaitech in 2018.

Tatiana has a Master’s degree in Rocket Science, specializing in Power Plants for Spacecraft. She loves paragliding but unfortunately has had little time to devote to this over the past five years. Her current projects including building a motorboat and a summer house.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Tal Zamstein, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

It was great to have the operators and suppliers with the presence in the CEE territories under one roof. It is always very useful to discover the challenges and see the trends of the industry in the newly regulated markets.

Tal Zamstein

Group Head of Gaming at Fortuna Group

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