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Latvia To Move Gambling To Five-Star Hotels

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The rising popularity of gambling in Latvia motivates the country’s political force to come up with new restrictions, thus the possible move of gambling parlours into five-star hotels.

The NCP (conservative pary) is already collecting signatures in order to support the possible move of gambling establishments to the luxury hotels. They have to collect 10,000 signatures. If they succeed the bill is going to go to the Latvian Parliament for debate. In 2017 the NCP managed to close down 42 gambling parlours in the capital city of Riga.

According to NCP, there is a serious situation with gambling business in Latvia, gaming addition increases. On the other hand, there is lobbying of some commercial interests by the political elite.

 

Source: rus.delfi.lv

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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Latvian Parliament Approves Amendments to Gambling Laws

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Saeima, the parliament from Latvia, has approved the amendments in the final reading of the Law on Lotteries and Gambling Fee and Tax. The tax revenue from gambling that the state perceives has increased from 75% to 95%.

The amendments were designed to increase tax revenue for the state and help cover budget gaps. Before the amendments, the state budget received 75% from gambling tax revenue, while 25% went to municipalities’ budget. During the first reading, parliament members suggested to increase the state’s percentage to 90%, but the coalition agreed on 95%.

Other amendments, which will come into force with the gambling law in 2020, establish that gambling tax rate for roulette, cards and dice games will rise from €23.4k to €28k a year. Tax for gambling machines will increase from €4.1k to €5.1k.

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Registrations are open for the 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, save the date, 7 May 2020, Tallinn, Estonia

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The 3rd edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on 7 May 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia.

 

Our team is excited to announce that registrations are open for the 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the leading boutique style gambling industry conference of the Baltic and Scandinavian region.

The conference will take place on the 7th of May 2020 at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn, and the team is preparing some major updates.

“There is no doubt the MARE BALTICUM has become a tradition in the Baltic and Scandinavian region and we are blessed with the support of open-minded regulators and government officials who are interested in hearing what the industry has to say. In 2020 we will once again bring an interesting lineup of speakers coming from all sides of the gambling industry and of course give the awards for the top companies in the region via BSG Awards” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

The MARE BALTICUM platform will continue its mission with which it has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.

After touring Riga and Vilnius, the conference is now heading to another Baltic destination and this time Estonia will take center stage as the host of the yearly gathering.

The agenda will include regulatory focused discussion mixed with trends of the gambling industry and the region, while the selection of speakers will once again include local/experienced speakers. In 2020, the aim is to bring start-up operators to the stage and also continue the panel discussion style with at least one panelist being an operator from the market vs. gambling authority and controlling authority discussing issues and changes in the market

Benefit of the Early Bird rates until 31 December 2019

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

The program of the conference will be available soon and if you can show your interest in becoming a sponsor here or you can nominate a speaker here.

Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit:

Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros (Sales Director at Golden Race – Virtual Sports & Betting Solutions):

“MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit reconfirmed the Organizers’ efficacy, to bring together the region’s main stakeholders, for structured and multi-faceted interactive discussions. In parallel to the educational aspect, though, it offered the chance of personalized networking, in a relaxed and unpretentious way. I look already forward to the next edition!”

Ineta Mačinskienė (Head of Sales at ConnectPay):

“MBGS is focused on people looking for collaboration with well-known companies in the Gaming industry.”

Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay):

“I had the pleasure to speak at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit and present why eSports is going to play a key role in the gambling industry in 2020 and beyond. Discussing what the future holds for the industry, we see the tremendous growth of eSports and its importance in terms of betting and player’s engagement.”

Margo Prylypska (Director of International Sales at Hyperion Tech):

“We would like to thank Zoltan and Betty for another great event! The organization was at a very high level, great timing and amazing people attending the event! It is definitely the best place to meet good old friends and partners, as well as find new ones and of course, get insights about things happening in the iGaming industry!”

Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert):

“Great event. Great timing. Great location.”

Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar):

“MBGS was a pearl in the sea of so many conferences around the world. Such interesting panels! Zoltan and Betty did a great job inviting so many relevant people from the industry, regulators, and from governments putting all of them together to discuss regulations, exchanging ideas, and solutions on how different countries regulate the gambling sector. A must-attend event!”

Kristina Bučinskaitė (Customer Experience Manager at ConnectPay):

“Well organized, industry-focused event. It is a great opportunity to connect with potential clients, partners and create valuable business relationships. Looking forward to the next year!”

Agnė Galvelytė (Head of Legal and Compliance at Matching Visions):

“Great conference, bringing together regulators, legal specialists, and igaming business professionals. Perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest developments in the region and the industry.”

Dainis Niedra (Regional Director Baltics at Enlabs – Optibet):

“This is a very nice initiative to create and develop such kind of event in the Baltic countries.  By working together and establishing a strong base no matter is it compliance or marketing, we build the right environment for the future development of the business and society.
Baltics are small but at the same time are very different in many aspects. It’s becoming challenging to replicate the previous experience in the new markets and such events are here to help us. Organizational wise – on a very high level. It’s hard to say where did we benefit more – from the main event of from the networking parts.”

Sara Urbanovicova (Chief Commercial Officer at Tom Horn Gaming):

“This is a fantastic event and it is sure to establish itself as a must-attend conference in the diary for the online gaming community. Its Baltic and Scandinavian focus, with a careful selection of high-quality speakers on the panels, an amazing location, organizers’ dedication to creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, make it a one-of-a-kind event that proved to be really productive for us. We’re sure to return next year!”

Andrius Gabnys (founding attorney at Gabnys Law Firm, Ambassador of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit):

“MBGS2 was literally a very pleasing event. Both content-wise and visually. It’s one of those examples when you can feel it goes smooth throughout the whole event, where the interest of the audience is not lost somewhere in the middle, and you don’t find yourself waiting for something else, other than what is happening on stage. It’s where the organizational talent of Zoltan and Betty really kicks in. This second edition proves that the idea of having the Baltics and Scandinavia in a single event is spot on. It was a pleasure to serve as an ambassador of this event and already looking forward to the third edition.”

Andrius Čepkus (Chief Business Development Officer at Ondato):

„The event was very well organized. Especially networking breaks and how participants were seated, which opened many new networking and business opportunities. The content was very up to date and valuable. Thanks again for the great experience!“

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Gamingtec CEO attends ECOMMTALKS conference

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Sapar Karyagdyyev is attending ECOMMTALKS, one of the most promising FinTech  and Growth conferences in Northern Europe that takes place in Riga, Latvia on 13–15th November. The Gamingtec CEO is among the speakers on the Business Continuity Discussion panel.

ECOMMTALKS brings together leading experts from the marketing industry and creates a congenial climate for discussing the latest advances in fintech and payments fields. The main focus of interest is on the future of fintech, eCommerce trends, and ways of scaling business using local payment solutions. The event is conducted the first time but aims to become annual. This is a closed forum held by ECOMMPAY to unite a professional community and create a comfortable space for sharing knowledge and experience. Among others, speakers from ECOMMPAY, Visa, Deloitte, Google, and other world-known companies are taking part in the conference.

Speakers are going to share case studies and their personal innovative experience, hold practical workshops, explain how they meet the challenges of the fintech industry and what trends are worth following. The Business Continuity Discussion panel will be focused on the specific features of an online business, such as mitigating risks that are the most significant for the continuity of the business, ensuring better investments in protection of the company and increasing the return on the investments, preventing a so-called “black swan”, and providing crisis planning for a company.

“I appreciate the way ECOMMTALKS is organised: the event focuses on the unique knowledge of the participants. I am looking forward to discussions and workshops, dialogues about the growth of business and productive networking. The days of classic presentations are gone. Now, the industry requires knowledge and workable solutions. It’s right here,” said the CEO of Gamingtec.

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