Compliance versus Innovation, operator-provider focused panel discussion with industry experts at CEEGC2019 Budapest
Key industry figures will explain how sometimes compliance can halt innovation during the 4th edition of the CEE Gaming Conference.
Often, innovation is delayed or halted by compliance, and clearly, there have been many signals that certain regulations have been created to benefit the political climate by the legislators or by lack of information.
The situation targets both operators and software providers, or in some cases even advertising companies.
During the 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest, we are putting together a must-attend panel which will feature some of the leading individuals of the moment, who will discuss how they’ve overcome the barriers when dealing with compliance issues and also draw the ideal climate for operating in the gambling industry.
The panel discussion is strategically tilted as “Compliance versus Innovation” and will be moderated by Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert) and will be joined by Andrei Andronic (Legal and Compliance Specialist at Playson), Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar), Pieter Paepe (Partner at Astrea Belgium), Dr. Alan Littler (Gaming Lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen), and last but not least, Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular).
The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.
Register here or View the Agenda!
You can view the bios of the experts below:
About Andrei Andronic (Legal and Compliance Specialist at Playson)
Warranted Lawyer, member of National Association of the Romanian Bars since 2009, holder of a Master degree in European Law, with a strong appetite for Compliance and Corporate Law.
Approved and PQ’ed by Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and holder of a Personal Management License granted by UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).
Recognized compliance specialist upon completion of Global Financial Compliance developed by Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (UK) & Institute of Financial Services (Malta) and Maltese Financial Regulation developed by Institute of Financial Services (Malta) in collaboration with MFSA.
Former professional rugby player with international experience, currently involved in rugby as an amateur coach and player.
About Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar)
Domenico Mazzola is Commercial Director of Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider based in Malta. Altenar works collaboratively with licensed operators, combining proven stability with a flexible and personalized service to offer clients the highest quality online sportsbook solutions.
With a strong background in sales strategy and software development combined with rich experience working across international and European markets, Domenico is an expert in developing successful commercial strategies and establishing and maintaining long-term business relationships.
Domenico previously held the position of Head of Sales at iGamingPlatform.com, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve and maximize sales targets, solidifying the company’s reputation as a leading gaming solutions provider. Prior to this, Domenico worked as Account Manager at World Match Ltd, spearheading the company’s successful long and short-term sales strategies. Domenico’s professional background also includes over eight years working as a software developer, honing his technical expertise.
A highly recognized industry figure, Domenico’s in-depth experience in both the business and technical side of the gaming industry places him in the unique position of being able to advise clients on all aspects of their gambling operations, taking into account their wider business objectives.
About Pieter Paepe (Partner at Astrea Belgium)
During his career as a university researcher (at the Brussels Free University), Pieter built up considerable expertise in the broad field of EU law. That expertise he now places at the service of their clients in a wide range of areas, from competition law to the application of internal market regulation. On the basis of his expertise in EU law, Pieter has focused as a lawyer on a number of sectors including games of chance, new technologies, media, telecommunications, and sport. In these sectors, he gives advice on commercial law, contractual and regulatory issues.
About Dr. Alan Littler (Gaming Lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen)
Thomson Reuter’s Global Gaming Guide as well as penning the “Legal and Regulatory Update” for Gaming in Holland. He co-organised a one-day conference entitled Regulating Online Gambling in the EU – Recommendation 2014/478/EU on Player Protection – Where Do We Go From Here?, with the Centre for Commercial Legal Studies, Queen Mary University of London, hosted in Paris in November 2014. In addition to lecturing on the topic at QMUL, as of 2016, he convenes the module on the regulation of online gambling in QMUL’s LLM in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning. He was also part of the QMUL team which researched and compiled the 2019 Report Evaluation of regulatory tools for enforcing online gambling rules and channeling demand towards controlled offers for the European Commission.
Alan is an Extramural Fellow of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.
About Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular)
Robert Dowling is the Chief Commercial Officer at Singular, an established iGaming software supplier focusing on bespoke solutions in all verticals, including outstanding Platform, Sportsbook, Casino Games, Live Dealer, and Payment solutions. Singular’s differentiating factor is their tailored approach. They address each requirement, each client in a bespoke, boutique fashion. There is no one-size-fits-all. The modular architecture enables a personalized experience and generates added value for each operator.
Robert has more than 10 years of experience in the iGaming industry. He started his career as a consultant aiming to deliver excellence to customers in gaming and the payment industries. He has driven significant business growth and market share for the companies he has been engaged with. Dowling has a deep understanding of the iGaming industry and knowledge to create cohesion among marketing, sales, product development, and customer service to bring value for the company and build strong relationships with the clients.
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
European Gaming Events in 2020, Sustainability, Gender Diversity and Goals for 2025
We are announcing major developments and implementations for the upcoming years.
We are ready to reveal the calendar of events for 2020 and also some of the major developments we will be implementing in the upcoming years.
The 2020 Calendar
First off, in 2020, we are once again organizing 4 conferences in different regions, each one targeting a different audience and topics.
The already confirmed dates and conferences for which you can already register are:
- Prague Gaming Summit – 6 March 2020 – Register here
- MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit and the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards – 7 May 2020 – Register here
The confirmed conferences and proposed dates for the second semester are:
- CEEGC and CEEG Awards Budapest – Proposed date: 29 September 2020 – Pre-Register here
- European Gaming Congress and the Southern European Gaming Awards – Proposed date: 5 November 2020 – Athens, Greece – Pre-Register here
We are also happy to reveal the plans which include the implementation of measures that will make us further stand out from all gambling industry and non-gambling industry conferences in Europe.
The first measures have been added to have a positive impact on the environment and respect the principles of sustainable development. The action taking is the direct result of a two-year experiment which was observed by our team at European Gaming Media and Events.
“Starting with 2019, we have experimented with recycling the badges, lanyards, flyers, magazines and have seen that it was well taken by our delegates. While our conferences are boutique style and are capped at 125-150 delegates, we have managed to save up to 45% from the lanyards which were later washed and cleaned by eco-friendly washing services, then reused at later conferences. We encourage large event organizers to also try and take action as it is certainly a good way of preserving our ecosystem. We are also encouraging sponsors to opt for earth-friendly when it comes to promotional materials.” commented Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.
While recycling and reusing certain materials at the conferences are important steps towards achieving sustainability, the team is also sending a clear message about how conference organizers can directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity.
“Starting 2018, we have asked the delegates to fill out a field when registering in which they would state their dietary need and we are amazed to see that the choice of plant-based foods has risen with 30% in 2019. While some might argue at this point, but meat-eating is one of the biggest environmental hazards facing our planet. So, for 2020 we decided to go for a fully plant-based menu at all our conferences and we are happy to say that we have the full support of the venues which think that is a great idea and already working on delicious plant-based meals for our delegates to enjoy in Prague, Tallinn, Budapest, and Athens” added Zoltán.
In 2020, the programs of the conferences will also embrace the subject of Gender Diversity in the gambling industry and will have special panel discussions in which female leaders and role models are invited to join the evolving conversation of achieving true equality within the sector.
Those interested to join the Gender Diversity panel discussions are invited to send an email to [email protected] in order to be included.
Goals for 2025 are HIPTHER
European Gaming Media and Events will join sister brand PICANTE Media and Events under a parent brand which further expands the exposure palette of services the company offers.
The parent brand is titled HIPTHER Agency and starting from November 2019 the platform serves as a gateway for ticket/delegate pass purchasing for events organized under both brands, press release service contracting, outsourcing and more. For more details, visit hipther.agency
Under HIPTHER Agency, we will organize 6 conferences (4 gambling + 2 in tech) in 2020 and the future plans include launching several more in order to reach a minimum of 12 conferences yearly by 2025. Among the future plans, we are also planning expansion into North America and Asia.
With this occasion, we are now offering investment opportunities to those interested in helping us implement further projects that are in the pipeline. For more details contact [email protected]
Post-Event CEEGC2019 Budapest: Another one for the history books
CEEGC gets better every year and possibilities for learning and networking are endless!
The 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest took place over two weeks ago at luxurious Ritz-Carlton Budapest and we would like to thank all speakers, delegates, guests and last but not least the supporters of the event!
The 2019 edition of the conference recorded 14 sponsors and most of them have already shown interest in the 2020 edition. The big thank you goes to the following supporters of CEEGC Budapest:
- Iforium – MAIN STAGE SPONSOR
- SBTech – LANYARDS SPONSOR
- UltraPlay – REGISTRATION SPONSOR
- BDK Advokati – BALKAN REGULATORY SPONSOR
- PLANZER LAW – EUROPEAN REGULATORY SPONSOR
- TAL RON, DRIHEM & CO LAW FIRM – LEGAL AND BANKING SPONSOR
- Digital Choo (DC) – DELEGATES BAG SPONSOR
- BETEGY – TECHNOLOGICAL SPONSOR
- BtoBet – DIGITAL SPONSOR
- Altenar – PEN, PAPER AND PAMPER SPONSOR
- NSoft – GENERAL SPONSOR
- Digitain – GENERAL SPONSOR
- Netshop ISP – GENERAL SPONSOR
- Magellan Robotech (Stanleybet Group) – GENERAL SPONSOR
“We are happy to say that CEEGC Budapest has now truly become the traditional yearly autumn conference and we love seeing the happy faces at the conference. We are also happy about the support we received by the sponsors and I have to tell you that 14 is a pretty high number for a boutique-style conference. This support enables us to further increase the quality of the conference and we will continue to bring this opportunity year by year in Budapest” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.
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The conference brought together compliance experts, leading gambling industry operators, marketing experts and several service providers from the Central and Eastern European region, the Baltics, the D-A-CH region, but also from several other European regions.
The agenda of the conference included several panel discussions, an exclusive IMGL MasterClass about North America, a unique and informative keynote presentation, a fireside chat and several networking opportunities.
The attending delegates had the unique opportunity to hear the recent updates and enjoy networking sessions with some of the leading names of the industry. You can find the full list of speakers below at the end of this press release!
The audio recordings of the panel discussions are available for European Gaming PREMIUM Members.
During the 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest, attending delegates also had the opportunity to decide the winners in the 20 categories of CEEG Awards 2019 (Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards).
As in earlier years, the winners were announced in the final session of the conference, after the secret vote casted by the attending delegates. You can view the full list of the winners per each category on the following link.
Special thank you goes to the presenters of the awards for their professionalism, Kamila Spalińska (WH Partners – Polish Desk) and Dan Iliovici (ROMBET)
Congratulations to all the winners and the organizers look forward to welcoming you back in 2020!
Make sure to also subscribe to the social media channels of the conference for continuous updates regarding the 2020 event: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram
The next edition of CEEGC Budapest will be held in September 2020, you can Pre-Register here to get the latest notification about the official date, location, and speaking possibilities.
The team is already working hard on the next events and the look forward to seeing you soon in Milan for the second edition European Gaming Congress!
Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of CEEGC Budapest:
“We had an excellent time at the CEEGC networking and participating in the payment discussion panel. Not only was it a great chance to catch up with some of the CEE region’s major players, but also to stay on top of such a dynamic region’s evolving trends and developments.” – Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming, OKTO
“CEEGC in Budapest 2019 was my first of hopefully many European Gaming Media events. Combining a balanced and interesting range of topics presented by quality speakers and an excellent networking environment, the organizers did a great job of demonstrating that they know what they are doing to make a great conference.” – Jessica Maier, LLM, Partner at MELCHERS law firm
“CEEGC 2019 was a very well organized event that included multiple great panels with some of the industry experts discussing the trends across different markets and gaming verticals. Moreover, this event offered excellent networking opportunities with a wide range of representatives from the industry, including operators, providers, suppliers, and regulatory experts. I will definitely attend next year because events like this one add a lot of value to the work I do at Trustly and allow me to stay up to date with the industry changes but also create new collaborations and partnerships.” – Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly
“Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at CEEGC 2019 in Budapest. I speak at a lot of conferences over the years and this was very well done and one of the best. It was well organized, substantive, great venue and excellent networking.” – Bill Pascrell, III, Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
“CEEGC is an event every serious gaming and betting industry expert from the region has to add to her/his calendar. With an agenda full of valuable content and many key professionals from the market gathered in one place, it is a conference you cannot miss.” – Jakub Myszkorowski (Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE)
“For us at Inplaynet, it is important to get the latest information and take the pulse of the whole betting market from other companies. At the conference which European Gaming organizes, we always have the possibility to get a meeting at the meeting. The family atmosphere you create give us the possibility to find and create relationships, while also having the opportunity directly contact, give information and get information for and from the whole market.” – Deniz Yildirim, Co-Founder, and Shareholder at Inplaynet
“The event is a great opportunity to get deep insights about the regulations and the markets in the area.” – Domenico Mazzola, Commercial Director at Altenar
“I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be a delegate at CEEGC 2019, already looking forward to 2020 :)” – Natalia Černáková, Compliance Officer at SYNOT Games
The lectures and industry insight during the conference were given by:
Dan Iliovici (Vice President at Rombet), Georgi Dimitrov (Legal Counsel / Compliance at EGT Interactive), Jan Řehola (Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Petrica Soptelea (EEME Senior Sales & Account Manager at Magellan Robotech), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection Officer at NSoft), Luka Popović (Partner at BDK Advokati), Alex Kornilov (CEO at BETEGY), Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest), Ewa Lejman (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners), Andrei Andronic (General Counsel at Playson), Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar), Dr. Alan Littler (Gaming Lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen), Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular), Michele Magro (Chief Counsel – Policy & International Affairs for the Malta Gaming Authority), Hannah Kennish (Legal and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Playtech), Jessica Maier, LLM (Partner at MELCHERS LAW FIRM), Robert Toth (Key Account Manager at Global Bet), Cédric Schlosser (Board Member of the Swiss eSports Federation), Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay), Oleg Profatylo (Chief Strategy Officer at Digital Choo), Bill Pascrell, III (Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.), Andrew Cochrane (Chief Development Officer at SBTech), Ilkim Hincer (Partner at McCarthy Tetrault), Jeremy Kleiman (Partner at the New Jersey law firm of Saiber LLC), Vasilije Lekovic (Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly), Simon Dorsen (Director of Gaming at OKTO), and last but not least Max Krupyshev (CEO at CoinsPaid).
Special gratitude is also extended to the panel moderators for keeping the discussions flowing and educative:
Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm), Joe Ewens (Managing Editor of GamblingCompliance), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), and last but not least Tiago Aprigio (CEO at All-in Global)
For further inquiries about the 2020 edition of CEEGC and CEEG Awards, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to [email protected] or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.
CEEG AWARDS: Magellan Robotech – Stanleybet GROUP WINS “Best Lottery Service Provider”
Great success of Magellan Robotech, the B2B brand of Stanleybet Group, a company that creates gaming solutions for gambles and virtual 3D games, at the fourth edition of the CEEG Awards, among the most important in the industry of the game, held on the 24th of September at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Budapest. In fact, the brand won the coveted “Best Lottery Service Provider” award, beating fierce competition.
The whole group was enthusiastic, in particular Christian Maglia, the company’s new sales director: «Receiving this award is a source of great pride and satisfaction for us. Magellan Robotech and Stanleybet Group are firmly focused on Central and Eastern Europe. Our presence in Romania, Croatia and soon Serbia, Bulgaria and Poland confirms it. The success of our numerical games and lotteries is confirmed with the CEEG Award “Best Lottery Service Provider”.
After the success in Romania and Croatia, we aim to bring over 80 lotteries available, as well as Keno and Greek Keno also in Africa, Latin America and in the European countries where it will be allowed. I also would like to congratulate – concluded Maglia – with the organizers of the CEEG, in particular Zoltan Tundik, who have shown great professionalism bringing this event dedicated to the Central and Eastern European market to the highest levels in the sector ».
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