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Slovakian gambling market analysis with Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners) and Stefan Švec (Playtech) at Prague Gaming Summit 3

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Slovakia will follow new gambling rules after the parliament overrode the president’s veto and adopted the new law on gambling. A total of 86 deputies voted for the change, supported by some opposition MPs also. This will increase the protection of gamblers, adding the rules for running gambling games on the Internet.

Slovakia’s parliament has passed the new gambling act prepared by the Ministry of Finance, which will open the Slovak market for foreign operators, including operators with a registered office outside of Slovakia.

The new act became effective on March 1, 2019, except for some provisions which will be effective as of 1 June 2019 and we have seen a lot of movements in the market.

One of the most important changes is private domestic companies, as well as companies from the European Union, will be able to apply for online gambling licenses.

The law also introduces more measures to protect gamblers. The minimum number of gambling machines in one gambling house will increase to 15 machines. In addition, gambling in these houses will be banned between 3:00 and 10:00. (You can our briefing on Slovakia here.)

Partypoker announced their exit from the market last week. As of Thursday, February 28, the company has stopped accepting players from Slovakia and will implement geo-blocking to prevent the play from existing customers, reported Czech poker site Poker-Arena.

The third edition of Prague Gaming Summit will include a special panel discussion which is titled “Focus on the Slovakian market regulation and decrypting Poland’s licensing procedures” and will be joined by industry experts of the region such as Michał Sałajczyk (Associate, Bird & Bird Poland), Stefan Švec (Sales Director, Playtech), and Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor, WH Partners).

The panel will be moderated by Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner/Attorney-at-Law, Gabnys Law).

About Stefan Švec

Štefan Švec is an industry professional with over 10 years of experience in the retail and online gaming space. Focusing on Central and Eastern European countries, he has co-created several successful projects as Doxxbet and CardCasino and consulted to local market leaders as Synot or Slovmatic. Started as an operator of Poker cardroom in Slovakia and went from Online product manager, Head of products to Head of Sales, Consultant, and Managing Director. Two years ago he has joined Playtech, the world biggest supplier of gaming products and services, where he leads the sales efforts in Eastern and Central Europe included CIS. He is mostly responsible to develop new Tier1 opportunities, to establish new business prospects and investments possibilities across the region.

 

About Dr. Robert Skalina

Dr. Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.

He is a financial service and corporate lawyer and provides advice to a wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the leading conference in the region which offers the option for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance updates, while also take part in several industry related discussions with the leading groups that are at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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GAMOMAT nominated for prestigious German Brand Award 2021

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GAMOMAT, one of the leading independent slot game developers, has been nominated in the ‘Brand Communication – Web & Mobile’ category at the German Brand Awards 2021. The ‘Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation’ nomination is for the company’s outstanding website gamomat.berlin. “The German Brand Award is one of the most important brand awards in the German-speaking realm. Our nomination for the company website, within the ‘Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation’ category is a fantastic achievement”, says Sabine Müller, Chief Design Officer of Berlin GAMOMAT Development GmbH.

Last year the Berlin-based agency Less Rain helped redesign the GAMOMAT website to incorporate a modern, clear brand identity which is both colourful and playful. The site takes inspiration from the very people, GAMOMATIES, who make GAMOMAT great. It reflects the world of GAMOMAT products and draws visitors into the site through expansive images, eye-catching colours and interactive animated headlines.

A series of in-depth produced podcasts form the heart of the website. Here GAMOMATIES openly talk to the audience about personal passions, cultural interests and what values inspire them. This window into company values and experiences shows GAMOMAT to be the professional, serious and value-oriented employer it strives to be.

The German Brand Award was launched by Germany’s design and brand authority and is judged upon by a top class panel of independent, interdisciplinary experts from companies, science, consulting, services and agencies. The awards receive 1,200 entries and submissions are evaluated according to the criteria of independence and brand typicity, brand distinctiveness, differentiation from the competition and target group relevance. Official results will be revealed in June 2021.

Sabine Müller continued: “The relaunch of the site was an intensive process of exploring company values and corporate identity. This German Brand Award recognition encourages us to continue our  brand management and effective brand communication together with our partner Less Rain.”

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Fortuna Zakłady Bukmacherskie Wins Best Bookmaker Title at 2020 Polish Bookmakers Awards

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Fortuna Zakłady Bukmacherskie has won the Best Bookmaker title at 2020 edition of Legalni Bukmacherzy’s Polish Bookmakers Awards.

The Polish arm of Czech gambling group Fortuna Entertainment Group took home the Best Offer and Responsible Bookmaker titles too and claimed a joint Best Marketing prize with forBET.

Also, Fortuna employee Igor Kośliński was honoured with the Best Affiliate Manager Award as the bookmaker swept five awards out of eight different categories.

A total of 12 categories were included at this year’s Awards, with the nominees and winners decided by a group of top experts within the Polish betting and gaming industry. Meanwhile, the winner of the Customers Choice Award was voted by the players as legalnibukmacherzy.pl.

Adam Bieliński, CEO of iGamingNuts – the company behind Legalni Bukmacherzy, said: “The previous year was very specific. All of the assumptions concerning acquisition and marketing strategies had to be changed due to the cancelation of major sports events and suspension of games in top leagues.

“The whole industry approached the subject in a creative way – the bookmakers extended their offers, introduced new marketing activities, and most importantly, they did not abstain from improving their products.”

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IDnow Acquires identity Trust Management AG, a Leading Identity Verification Provider in Germany

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IDnow a leading provider of Identity Verification-as-a-Service solutions, today announced that it has agreed to acquire identity Trust Management AG, a leading international provider of digital and offline identification solutions from Germany. This is IDnow’s second acquisition in the last six months and marks a significant milestone on IDnow’s path to becoming one of the leading identity platforms in Europe.

identity Trust Management AG has established itself as a key player in the German identity market over the last decade, with a particularly strong reputation and portfolio of clients across the telecommunications and insurance verticals. This transaction will further expand the portfolio of verification methods offered via the IDnow platform. The combined product portfolio will offer one of the broadest sets of identity verification methods available in the European market, ranging from automated to human-assisted and from purely online to point-of-sale. All these methods will be made available via the unified IDnow platform.

For the last few years, IDnow’s success has been fueled by strong organic growth and an increasing demand for digital solutions in the market. The acquisition of identity Trust Management AG will allow IDnow to expand into new industry verticals and provide its services to a broader customer base throughout Germany and beyond.

“identity Trust Management AG has built an impressive company both in terms of product portfolio and client relationships,” said Andreas Bodczek, CEO at IDnow. “We have known the leadership team for years and have established a partnership rooted in deep loyalty and mutual understanding. We are excited to welcome identity Trust Management AG’s talented team to the IDnow family and look forward to combining the strengths of both companies to create a unified, market-leading brand.”

“This combination unites the power of IDnow’s innovative technology with identity Trust Management AG’s diverse set of capabilities to create a differentiated identity verification platform,” said Uwe Stelzig, CEO at identity Trust Management AG. “Together, we will be well-positioned to achieve our joint vision of providing clients with a unique, one-stop solution for identity verification.”

IDnow will retain identity Trust Management AG’s Düsseldorf location as well as its employees.

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