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European Gaming Events in 2020, Sustainability, Gender Diversity and Goals for 2025


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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.

Sustainability

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.

Gender Diversity

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]

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The importance of reg-tech for new market expansion

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Mark Chakravarti, Investment Director at SportingWin, talks about the operator’s experience of securing a licence in Bulgaria and how it will now use its in-house regulatory platform to enter additional European markets  

I would argue that a proprietary regulatory platform is the most important thing for operators looking to drive European market expansion.  Without a modern, agile platform that provides the insight that regulators require, licence applications will be drawn out for months and even years.

At SportingWin, we came to learn this the hard way.

When we started the business back in 2019, we identified Bulgaria as being a market of huge potential and one that we were keen to make our debut. Based on our assessment, AGR would hit 20% a year for the next five years, leading to a market value of €500m per year.

We then set about compiling the legal paperwork required by the National Revenue Agency for the licence application – this was a significant task in its own right, but we would soon learn that this was just the very start of the process.

The Bulgarian regulator is one of the most stringent in the world, which of course is a good thing. It ensures that the operators that do secure approval to enter the market are of the highest calibre especially when it comes to responsible gambling.

Under its requirements, operators must be able to deliver certain insights and information to the regulator in real time and this in turn requires a powerful, agile regulatory platform. Ultimately, we took the decision to develop this technology in-house.

While this was the right course of action, it significantly slowed down our licence application process while the regulator and our in-house development team worked together to ensure that it was fully compliant with its requirements.

We eventually reached the point where the National Revenue Agency was happy with the paperwork we submitted and our proprietary reg-tech platform, giving us the green light to enter the market in January 2021. Since then, we have gained incredible traction with players.

As with most operators, we are now looking to take SportingWin into additional markets and our in-house developed regulatory platform will be the foundation for building out our presence across the region. It really is impressive and now that it has been certified in Bulgaria, it can be used elsewhere.

We have identified Romania as our next market and while we have yet to submit our application to the regulator, our proprietary regulatory platform will ensure it is a much easier – and faster – process than that in Bulgaria.

This is for several reasons. Given just how stringent the National Revenue Agency is with its standards and enforcing them, other jurisdictions are happy to approve our platform without subjecting it to the same level of scrutiny again.

The same applies to a lot of the paperwork that we completed as part of our application in Bulgaria – for example, the Romanian regulator is happy to carry this over as well as the technical and software certifications that we were granted.

Of course, local regulators will still carry out their own investigations and will want to test certain aspects of our platforms, tech and software, but much of the hard work has already been done and this will allow us to enter additional markets at pace – we anticipate being live in Romania in H1.

In addition to an in-house regulatory platform, approved paperwork and the experience of having been through a licence application, the final piece of the puzzle operators need is a European trademark for their brand/brands.

We have recently secured this for SportingWin and it really does put us in the driving seat to identify and enter regulated European markets with an incredibly strong brand, superior product offering and a powerful regulatory platform running in the background.

Because of this, SportingWin is an attractive proposition for investors looking to join our success story. Due to the technical foundations we have in place, the investment we secure is pumped into marketing our brand in each country, which in turn allows us to generate significant share quickly.

Despite having been live in Bulgaria for only a year, we have a large and loyal player base and in Q4, generated €500,000 in NGR. This is set to grow significantly off the back of our recently-announced partnership with Pinnacle, allowing us to add a betting exchange to our offering for the first time.

As with most small to medium-sized operators, the team behind SportingWin has a long-term plan for the business and that is to grow it into an exciting acquisition opportunity for one of the power players looking to build their presence in regulated markets across Europe.

Without our proprietary regulator platform, European trademark and growing collection of licences, SportingWin would simply not be on the radar of these organisations, let alone be considered a serious M&A opportunity.

Of course, there is still a lot of work to do before we reach that chapter of our story but given that the founders of SportingWin have built and sold betting businesses before, it is one that I am confident we will write in next to no time at all.

Meanwhile, we will continue to use our regulatory platform to launch our player-favourite brand and superior betting experience into markets across Europe, generating substantial revenues from each of the jurisdictions we target.

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Lightning strikes at Energy Casino following Stakelogic integration

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Energy Casino is living up to its name by powering up its game lobby with the addition of high-thrills slots from in-demand studio, Stakelogic. This includes the provider’s explosive video slots and classic slots with an electrifying twist.

The operator will use Stakelogic’s proven content to deliver a super-charged experience to players in Latvia and all MGA jurisdictions.

Stakelogic’s suite of classic slots has taken global markets by storm. Each game captures the nostalgia of a traditional fruit slot machine through familiar symbols such as cherries, lemons, oranges, grapes, bells and 7s, which is combined with modern mechanics and features for a truly unique experience.

Classic titles include Super Bonus Wild, Runner 8 Runner, Bonus Runner, Super 6 Timer and Mega Runner, all of which have the look and feel of a traditional slot but with gameplay packed with bonuses like Wilds and Hold & Spin.

But this is just one part of the integration agreement. Players at Energy Casino will also be able to spin the reels on Stakelogic’s action-packed blockbuster video slots. Each game has been designed to get player pulses racing through plenty of bonuses including Wilds, Multiplier, Free Spins and more.

Just some of the video slots going live include Wild West runaway-train-themed Cash Express, Wild Buzz, El Cowboy Megaways, Devil’s Trap and the just-launched OriginsTM.

Many of these games feature Stakelogic’s flagship innovation, Super Stake. This bonus feature allows players to effectively double their bet to increase the chance of a bonus feature triggering and insane win combinations landing, building unprecedented anticipation with each spin.

Danila Dzehs, Sales Manager at Stakelogic, said: “Our classic and video slots are like a lightning bolt hitting an operator’s game lobby. They bring action, anticipation and electrifying big-win potential with each spin and that’s what has seen them top the charts in markets around the world.

It’s great that players at Energy Casino can enjoy this adrenaline-fuelled experience for the first time, an experience they will want to return to time and again.”

Marcin Sobieraj, Head of Casino at Energy Casino, added: “Our casino is a place where players come for big action, big thrills and even bigger wins and the content we stock in our game lobby absolutely has to offer this.

In Stakelogic we have a studio that has mastered the art of developing classic and video slots that meet player expectations and exceed them. This is a significant integration for us and will bring serious energy to our game lobby.”

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Nominations period open for the BSG Awards 2023 & BTECH Awards 2023 (Riga, Latvia – 16-17 May)

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  • The leading conference in the Baltic and Nordic region returning under a new format and title
  • Register to attend the live conference which will be held at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia between 16-17 May 2023
  • Nominations period is open for 2 prestigious awards

 

After announcing the registration kick-off for MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT, the #hipthers are ready and excited to announce that the nomination period for the BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards) and BTECH Awards (Baltic TECH Awards) are now open.

As announced earlier, by combining multiple industries that are already cooperating in certain ways, a new conference is born, the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT.

The success of the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results we have seen in the past 6 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during our summits and meetups.

The event, taking place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia, will feature 65 speakers, 300 attendees, 15 panels, two networking parties, and two award ceremonies.

To secure your seat and be part of this unique event, follow this link: https://hipther.com/events/riga/regriga2023/

The prestigious BSG Awards and the inaugural BTECH Awards

  • Nomination period: 01.01.2023 – 19.02.2023 (session is ongoing)
  • Online voting session: 01.03.2022 – 19.03.2022
  • Shortlist announcement: 03.04.2023
  • Final vote: 16.05.2023

To top all the talks, discussions, and networking opportunities, the organizers are also continuing the traditional Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards). You are invited to nominate your company in the following categories:

Baltics: Operators

  • Best Online Casino in the Baltics
  • Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics

Baltics: B2B

  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Baltics
  • Rising Star in Baltic Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  • Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology
  • Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology
  • Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider in the Baltics

Nordics: Operators

  • Nordics: Best Online Casino in the Nordics
  • Nordics: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics

Nordics: B2B

  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Sports Betting Technology
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology
  • Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider in the Baltics

With the launch of the new format of the event, the #hipthers are launching a new yearly award that aims to reward the Baltic TECH companies for their achievements in the region.

The categories for the Baltic TECH Awards (BTECH Awards) are the following:

  • AI: Best Startup
  • AI: Rising Star
  • AI: Company of the Year
  • Blockchain: Best Startup
  • Blockchain: Rising Star
  • Blockchain: Company of the Year
  • Fintech: Best Startup
  • Fintech: Rising Star
  • Fintech: Company of the Year

You can nominate your company on the following link: https://hipther.com/events/riga/awards/

As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from the HIPTHER network and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Zoltan Tuendik (Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther) at z[email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther) at [email protected]

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