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Plan your autumn calendar with European Gaming Events

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Make sure that two of the most prestigious gaming conferences are in your calendar for the September – October period! 

Key facts: 23 European Market Updates, +60 Speakers, +200 C-Level Delegates, 20 Awards Categories, 2 IMGL MasterClassess, Innovation Talks featuring use of AI and Blockchain, Responsible Gambling, AML

Who should attend: gaming operators, regulators and government authorities, software and solution providers, payment solution providers, game developers, law firm and legal consultants

This autumn we are bringing an unparalleled series of networking, business and learning opportunities which are extending through 2 unique events in Europe.

Whenever if you are looking to win an award out of the 20 categories at the CEEG Awards Budapest or interested to learn more about the business possibilities of expansion and doing business in 23 European countries, not to mention diving into the potential opportunities the US market has to offer, you must attend our events in Budapest and Ljubljana.

Not to mention the fact that we will be hosting you at some of the most luxurious conference halls and hotels in Europe.

Check out the overview of the location for this year CEEGC Budapest, which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton on the 25th of September.

A domed ceiling and large chandelier loom over a spacious lounge and dining area – Photo credits: Ritz-Carlton

Brimming in culture, history and breathtaking architecture, Budapest embodies the European ideal. Set within its city center, this luxury hotel offers a palatial retreat moments from iconic landmarks and the River Danube; a place where guests can indulge in modern luxuries amid a space that blends traditional elegance with bold, contemporary design.

If this doesn’t impress you, then you also need to read the overview of the venue where the inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC) will be held. The first edition of the yearly European gaming event is taking place on the 16th of October at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana this year and you will surprised to see the list of VIPs that have stayed at the venue.

View from room at Grand Hotel Ljubljana – Photo credits: union-hotels.eu

The Grand Hotel Union held its grand opening in 1905. It was the first modern hotel in Ljubljana and at the time the highest building, built in Art Nouveau style. It was designed by architect Josip Vancaš and built by Viljem Treo. In over a century of its existence, the Grand hotel Union was an important co-creator of the political and social life in the capital and in the wider Ljubljana region. In its rich history the hotel witnessed many important events and hosted many famous people – actor and director Orson Welles in 1979, the American president Bill Clinton and his wife in 1999, the spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama in 2002 and the British Queen Elizabeth and her husband in 2008.

If these two venue location don’t impress you, then you will surely be impressed by the content of panel discussion which will be presented by over 60 speakers for +200 delegates.

Please find below the key links for your gateway to a unique autumn conference session.

Key links for CEEGC Budapest (25 September – The Ritz-Carlton):


Key links for European Gaming Congress (16 October – Ljubljana):

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Insights of the Hungarian gambling industry with Gábor Helembai (Bird&Bird) at CEEGC2018 Budapest

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Budapest – 17 July 2018 – The online gambling industry in Central Europe is the subject of many restrictions. This is the situation especially when it comes to regulation the market and creating a fair licensing law.

For years operators have been struggling to enter the market, but not many have succeeded as under Hungary’s gambling regulations, only operators of land-based casinos across the country are able to obtain licenses from local regulators to provide online casino games. CJEU ruled against Hungary this year that the particular provision in the country’s gambling law represents a “radical restriction” of EU treaties for the free movement of services across Member States.

If we take a look on the service provider side, it hasn’t been subject of such restrictions. Earlier this year, Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) announced that it has successfully launched an online sports betting channel for Szerencsejáték Zrt., the largest gaming service provider in Hungary. Szerencsejáték Zrt. is fully owned by the Hungarian State, has the exclusive right to sell sport games as well as instant and draw-based lottery games.

If we take a look at the land based industry, things are also positive. Just recently, EGT has launched its T-Line touch table live roulette multiplayer in Hungary. This is the first time this model is installed in the country.

There are some rumors floating in the local media that 2018-2019 might be the season when a new online gambling related legislation is drafted which might reshape the industry in the region.

The Hungarian industry update will be part of the “Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland” panel discussion and will be presented by local industry expert Gábor Helembai.

About Gábor

Gábor is an experienced specialist in corporate, commercial and real estate matters, and has an in-depth understanding of the gambling sector

As a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams at Bird & Bird Budapest, Gábor advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries.

Gábor provides regulatory advice and support to clients with (international) restructuring, insolvency and winding-up cases. He also assists clients (including foreign corporations, the Hungarian businesses of multinational companies and medium to large Hungarian companies) on general corporate housekeeping matters, and provides legal assistance to the operation of business associations’ different commercial and real estate matters.

He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters. Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector.

Gábor regularly speaks in prominent international gambling conferences and his articles and opinions can often be found in well-known gambling journals and/or websites.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Károli Gáspár Protestant University and completed post graduate coursework at Eötvös Loránd University. Gábor is a member of the Budapest Bar.

You can browse the full agenda and already confirmed speaker list on the following link.

Make sure you grab your seat in time and attend the most prestigious boutique style gaming event which gather C-level executives yearly in one of Europe’s most visited city.

Quotes about CEEGC Budapest from attending delegates

Rafal Nowak – iGaming Sales Director at Mobiyo

“A week after the Budapest Gaming CEE conferences, I’m still discussing the topics brought up there with fellow delegates. Thank you Zoltan Tundik for organizing an informative an well shaped event on this, often underestimated iGaming territory and good luck with the next one!”

Roy Pedersen – CEO & Chief Editor at All In Translations

“For All-in Translations’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour we decided to attend more smaller conferences. Zoltan and Betty are much of the reason for this. They have a unique way of giving a personal touch to the events they organise while at the same time keeping them highly relevant. CEEGC Budapest was another great example where we felt truly welcome, and at the same time it was great for business.”

 

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IMGL MasterClass™ – US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations – panel discussion at CEEGC2018

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Budapest – 9 July 2018 There is, without any doubt, a large dumping of news and articles that focus on the US gambling market and the possibilities it might offer.

All these news have been circling around the industry and even mainstream media starting from May, when sports betting has been given the go-ahead by the US Supreme Court.

With the legalization of sports betting, many European companies are feeling a “gold rush” and hope to take advantage of one the biggest markets on the planet.

We are seeing and reading daily news about a large number of partnerships between European and US companies. Large European operators that already had a presence in the US market are already lining up for their comeback and relaunching old collaboration. Other operators and software providers are juggling events and focusing on how to enter and market their brand on US soil.

The opportunity for some is bigger than any other previous market opening and the figures are shown daily about the potential market size which are certainly impressive.

However, is this going to be a success story for European operations that have not really even been compliant with the currently in force regulations in European countries? There is no denying the fact that some of the operations haven’t even taken steps to learn more about how to be compliant in regulated European markets and are now looking to fulfill the “American Dream”.

The third edition of Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will feature a special IMGL MasterClass™ which will focus on delivering vital information about the.

The panel discussion is titled “US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations” and will feature industry experts from Europe and USA.

You can browse the full agenda and already confirmed speaker list on the following link.

Make sure you grab your seat in time and attend the most prestigious boutique style gaming event which gather C-level executives yearly in one of Europe’s most visited city.

Quotes about CEEGC Budapest from attending delegates

Rafal Nowak – iGaming Sales Director at Mobiyo

“A week after the Budapest Gaming CEE conferences, I’m still discussing the topics brought up there with fellow delegates. Thank you Zoltan Tundik for organizing an informative an well shaped event on this, often underestimated iGaming territory and good luck with the next one!”

Roy Pedersen – CEO & Chief Editor at All In Translations

“For All-in Translations’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour we decided to attend more smaller conferences. Zoltan and Betty are much of the reason for this. They have a unique way of giving a personal touch to the events they organise while at the same time keeping them highly relevant. CEEGC Budapest was another great example where we felt truly welcome, and at the same time it was great for business.”

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About the IMGL MasterClass™

The IMGL Masterclass is a conference format offered by the IMGL at international gaming events, including trade shows and conferences organized by others. IMGL provides the content and the expertise of our esteemed members and invited panelists – who share their knowledge with participants of the conference, network with each other, and enter into discussions on how to shape the future of gaming law on an international scale.

The IMGL Masterclass panelists include gaming experts — regulators, attorneys, industry executives, and educators — providing guidance regarding evolving issues in the gaming industry that are of interest to legislators, regulators, and others in the industry. Effectively, the IMGL Masterclass provides a platform beyond the yearly IMGL conferences for bringing together leading experts in the industry, legal advisers, and regulators in our global network.

IMGL Masterclasses stand for high-level discussions and interchange among experts. They strive to present only the best quality speakers and moderators — and the most up-to-date and relevant content in the IMGL Masterclass panels.

More details about IMGL can be found on the following website: https://www.imgl.org/

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Evolution of technology vs Gambling Regulators panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Joseph Borg at CEEGC2018

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Budapest – 3 July 2018 – The large impact of blockchain technology on the gambling industry is well felt by operators and suppliers and the demands to include cryptocurrencies in the deposit and withdraw options is also growing daily. The industry is shaping up to add these modern technologies of the 21st century, however, as in all industries, the regulators need to keep up with technology in order to make room for the business to grow.

The 2017 edition of Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference(CEEGC) featured an IMGL MasterClass which was titled “The devil is in the details as regulators apply stricter rules” and focused in the facts that shape the legal frameworks of licensing.

All attending keynote speakers of the IMGL Masterclass agreed that technology is way ahead of the regulatory frameworks and it usually takes about 5 year for the regulator and legislator to catch up with them. Thus, all regulators should attend technology conference to learn about the new methods that are being implemented by operators and suppliers to keep up with the demand.

In 2018, at the 3rd edition of CEEGC, we are adding a so-called follow up of the panel in order to track the latest movements of the industry and highlights some of the key aspects which are often overlooked by regulators. (You can view the agenda here.) The panel will focus on the use constant evolution of DFS and how regulators are overlooking its potential, the use of blockchain in the gambling industry and many more.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Joseph Borg who is an Advocate and Partner at WH Partners, heading the Blockchain Advisory and the Gaming and Gambling Advisory sections of the firm, and is titled as “Innovation Talks – Evolution of technology vs Gambling Regulators“.

More about Dr. Joseph Borg

From left to right, Jonathan Galea (Blockchain & cryptocurrencies lawyer, President of Bitmalta), Dr. Andreas Glarner (Partner at MME Legal Tax Compliance), Dr. Joseph Borg (Partner at WH Partners). Photo credits: European Gaming Media and Events

Beside the above mentioned titles, Joseph also practices in the areas of Esports, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures Gaming Law at the University of Malta. Joe occupied the role of Secretary General of the Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) for over 3 years and is a Co-Founder and currently the Vice-President of Bitmalta, which is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promoting and stimulating discussion about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in Malta. Before joining WH Partners he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta. Joe was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012. He had originally joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director Legal and Enforcement and has occupied this position for almost 4 years. Before joining the Authority, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years.

Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), with Distinction. Earlier, he was awarded the LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending a thesis entitled, ‘Protection of Trademarks Against Domain Names’. In November 2000, Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and Humanistic Studies. Joseph went on an Erasmus Exchange in 2002 at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza of the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna. In 2009 he completed a Regulator Development Program organized by the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2012 he was awarded a certificate in Casino Management by the UNLV.

Specialties: ICT Law, Gaming Law, Gaming, Blockchain Technology, ICOs, eSports

Make sure you grab your seat in time and attend the most prestigious boutique style gaming event which gather C-level executives yearly in one of Europe’s most visited city.

Register here!

Quotes about CEEGC Budapest from attending delegates

Rafal Nowak – iGaming Sales Director at Mobiyo

“A week after the Budapest Gaming CEE conferences, I’m still discussing the topics brought up there with fellow delegates. Thank you Zoltan Tundik for organizing an informative an well shaped event on this, often underestimated iGaming territory and good luck with the next one!”

Roy Pedersen – CEO & Chief Editor at All In Translations

“For All-in Translations’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour we decided to attend more smaller conferences. Zoltan and Betty are much of the reason for this. They have a unique way of giving a personal touch to the events they organise while at the same time keeping them highly relevant. CEEGC Budapest was another great example where we felt truly welcome, and at the same time it was great for business.”

Register here!

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