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SEG Awards 2019 Milan Official List of Winners released – Congratulations to all

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Winners of the SEG Awards 2019 edition announced!

On 8 November, the industry experts have gathered in Milan for the 2nd edition of European Gaming Congress where they had the opportunity to decide the winners in the 26 categories of the inaugural SEG Awards (Southern European Gaming Awards).

As in all other awards organized by our team, the winners were announced in the final session of the conference, after the secret vote casted by the attending delegates.

“With this occasion, we would like to congratulate all shortlisted companies and the winners of each category for their hard work and for once again demonstrating fairness in this competitive market. Special thanks to the presenters of the awards, Julia Peeva-Sertov (Amusnet Gaming Limited) and Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law), for their contribution.” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

The winners of each category can be seen below:

(1/26) (Affiliates): Best Bingo Affiliate 2019: ASKGAMBLERS

(2/26) (Affiliates): Best Casino Affiliate 2019: GAMBLING.COM GROUP

(3/26) (Affiliates): Best Sports Betting Affiliate 2019: XLMEDIA

(4/26) (Operators): Best Bingo Operator 2019: LOTTOMATICA

(5/26) (Operators): Best Lottery Operator 2019: PLANETWIN365

(6/26) (Operators): Best Casino Operator 2019: SNAITECH

(7/26) (Operators): Best Sports Betting Operator 2019: BETANO PORTUGAL

(8/26) (Operators): Best Customer Support in Casino 2019: PLANETWIN365

(9/26) (Operators): Best Customer Support in Sports Betting 2019: PLANETWIN365

(10/26) (B2B – sports): Best Sports Betting Innovation 2019: INPLAYNET

(11/26) (B2B – sports): Rising Star in Sports Betting Technology 2019: ALTENAR

(12/26) (B2B – sports): Best Overall Sports Betting Provider 2019: SBTECH

(13/26) (B2B – sports): Best Mobile Betting Provider 2019: INPLAYNET

(14/26) (B2B – sports): Best Overall eSports Service Provider 2019: ULTRAPLAY

(15/26) (B2B – sports): Best Overall Virtual Sports / Fantasy Sports Provider 2019: GOLDEN RACE

(16/26) (B2B – sports): Rising Star in the Virtual Sports / Fantasy Sports 2019: FSI – FANTASY SPORTS INTERACTIVE

(17/26) (B2B – casino): Online Casino Innovator 2019: TOM HORN GAMING

(18/26) (B2B – casino): Rising Star in Online Casino Technology 2019: EGT INTERACTIVE

(19/26) (B2B – casino): Best Online Casino Provider 2019: NETENT

(20/26) (B2B – casino): Best Slots Provider 2019: WORLDMATCH

(21/26) (B2B – casino): Best Live Casino Provider 2019: NETENT

(22/26) (B2B – casino): Best Mobile Casino Provider 2019: TOM HORN GAMING

(23/26) (Connected): Best Overall Payment Service Provider 2019: HIPAY

(24/26) (Connected): Best iGaming Service Provider 2019 (Translation and Localization, Hosting Services, Consultancy, Marketing): NETSHOP INTERNET SERVICES

(25/26) (Connected): Best Testing Laboratory 2019: GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL(GLI)

(26/26) (Connected): Best Support for Responsible Gambling 2019: NETENT

Congratulations to all the winners and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in 2020 as well, and in the meantime, do not forget to register for the upcoming events found on the following link.

 

About the organizer, European Gaming Media and Events:

European Gaming Media and Events is a leading media and boutique event organizer company in Europe and produces the prominent conferences in the region such as:

  • CEEGC (Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference)
  • CEEG Awards (Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards)
  • Prague Gaming Summit
  • Mare Balticum Gaming Summit
  • Baltic and Scandinavia Gaming Awards
  • EGC (European Gaming Congress)
  • VIGE (Vienna International Gaming Expo)

The live events/conference division is in charge of organizing boutique style executive gaming events that focus on bringing inside information from the top gaming experts in the European Union and beyond.

In short, they cover most areas of Europe with international events that serve the local and global industry, optimize networking opportunities and bring the hottest topics into scope.

The event destinations in 2019 will include a further expansion for the company in their quest to enter the Western European region and bring their expertise to produce local gaming events.

For more details about the calendar, agendas and locations, visit the Live Events/Conferences section on europeangaming.eu

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EGBA Warns Spanish Proposals are Counterproductive

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has cautioned that the new ad restrictions in Spain could lead to an increase in illegal gambling, as well as a detrimental impact on the football clubs in the country.

Proposals by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs will see online gambling ads only allowed between 1 am-5 am, with no exceptions for sporting events, a complete ban on gambling sponsorship of sports uniforms, kits and stadiums, and a ban on welcome bonuses.

The state-involved lotteries of the world, which account for 65% of the revenue from the gambling industry, will be exempt from the key elements.

The government is scheduled to finalise the regulations in Autumn this year, with a three-month transition period for gaming firms to adapt to the law changes.

EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer has explained: “Advertising has a crucial role to play in informing consumers which websites are regulated, and which are not. The near absolute advertising ban proposed in Spain will deprive Spanish players of any information where they can play in a safe and secure environment.”

The EGBA claims that unregulated gambling in Spain is already a problem, with 414 unregulated sites blocked in April-May alone this year by the country’s gambling authority.

The proposals will also have a negative impact on 41 of 42 football clubs in La Liga, which currently reel from COVID-19’s financial impact, costing them up to €80 million in lost advertising revenues.

“This is highly counterproductive and we urge the Spanish authorities to reconsider the proposals, and focus instead on strict regulation of the contents of advertising,” Haijer stated.

“We fully agree that advertising should be responsible, both in terms of content and design, and that is why we recently published a code of conduct on responsible advertising.

“The code offers practical ways in which gambling advertising can be conducted in a socially responsible way and as a conduit for informing citizens about important consumer protection measures, such as age restrictions and safer gambling tools.

“Finally, exempting state-involved lotteries, which account for two thirds of Spain’s gambling market, from the restrictions is unjustified, protectionist and discriminatory.”

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Tabcorp Partners with Major League Baseball

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Australian lottery and betting operator Tabcorp Holdings has entered into an exciting new international partnership with the Major League Baseball (MLB). The deal positions TAB as the official wagering partner of the MLB in Australia.

TAB will bring exclusive MLB programming and promotions to Australian fans in TAB venues around the country, as well as via the TAB app and website.

The multi-year agreement will allow TAB’s 4400 live venues to have access to the MLB Network, which is the Major League Baseball’s 24/7 television channel. Venues will be able to air up to 10 live games per week. MLB fans in Australia will also have access to the MLB Network from home on the TAB website or TAB mobile app.

Australians will also get the chance to access exclusive MLB promotions including tickets, player experiences and competitions.

“There is growing demand for U.S. sports content in Australia, particularly among TAB punters. Baseball is America’s national pastime and this groundbreaking MLB deal – which complements our NBA and NFL partnerships – helps us to fulfill our ambition of being the home of US sport in Australia and to deliver superb experiences for our customers, both in venues and digitally via the app and website,” Adam Rytenskild, Tabcorp’s Managing Director for Wagering and Media, said.

“We are looking forward to working with Tabcorp to bring exciting baseball content to millions of fans in Australia via TAB and Sky. When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played the Opening Series games at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground in 2014, we saw how much baseball resonated with Australian sports fans. We want to continue to help develop baseball in Australia and grow the game nationwide. Between TAB’s retail footprint and wagering expertise, we’re confident that this partnership is a significant step towards elevating baseball in Australia,” Kenny Gersh, MLB Executive Vice President for Gaming and New Business Ventures, said.

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Indonesia to Develop Web Crawler to Block Online Gambling Sites

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced the plans to develop a web crawler to actively seek out online gambling websites and prevent people from accessing them.

Currently, the ministry with its special team Cyber Drone 9 is operating a “web crawler” used to systematically seek out negative contents on the Internet, mainly those related to pornography and radicalism.

The government has so far never blocked websites directly, but asked Internet operators to block those contents violating the law in Indonesia.

At a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives, the ministry’s Information Applications Director General Semuel Pangerapan, told them about the ministry’s plan to include online gambling under control.

“We also want (contents related to) gambling to be controlled this way,” Pangerapan said.

“We will propose its budget next year, for a stronger machine to control,” he said, adding that with the machine, the government can directly block the websites.

The ministry is proposing 1 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (US$69.5 million) for the machine in 2021.

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