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First live gaming summit after lockdown MARE BALTICUM 2020!

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It’s that special time of the year again when MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit brings together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region. This year, the summit is taking place in Tallinn, Estonia on August 6th, 2020. We can look forward to active discussions wrapped around topics such as classic sports betting, cross promotions, the Scandinavian gaming industry as a whole, and more. In 2020, the aim of the summit is to bring start-up operators to the stage and also continue the panel discussion style with at least one panelist being an operator from the market vs. gambling authority and controlling authority discussing issues and changes in the market.

At the discussion panel, there will be a gathering of notable experts from the industry, including Jan Urbanec, CEO of Endorphina, and Jakub Kolomicenko, Head of Legal also at Endorphina, amongst many others. During the discussion, Jan will be participating in the discussion about Cross Promotions, Betting, Game Variety and More, while Jakub will present his perspective and moderate the panel on the topic of the Scandinavian gambling industry and updates from Germany.

The Swedish gambling market has been messy for some time. Sweden used to have a monopoly gambling market, where there was only state-owned companies or state-controlled companies who were allowed to provide gambling for money. With the digitalisation, the monopoly has been put out of system and Swedish customers are able to gamble via operators who are based outside of Sweden. A new legislation was required to make sure that those who have applied for a license and comply with Swedish regulations will be able to be presented at the Swedish market.

Head of Legal of Endorphina Jakub Kolomicenko shares: “After a long break, I cannot wait to be back in the conference circle. The recent development has been hectic and in the name of COVID-19, the industry has adopted quite a few regulations to protect players. One of the most controversial regulations is in Sweden. And this is exactly what we will be focusing on with my panelist of well-recognised experts.”

The unfortunate cancelation of most sports events had an obvious effect on betting operators, although, the companies that diversified with their product offerings did manage to mitigate losses. It will be interesting to hear different perspectives on this issue and how other operators have been managing this situation.

CEO Endorphina Jan Urbanec shares: “It feels great that we are getting back on the road!
Thanks to Mare Balticum’s event, we can strengthen our current business connections and make news ones. My participation in the panel focuses on the cross promotions of casino games, alongside a team of long-term industry professionals. This will be something that I will definitely deeply enjoy. Looking forward to sharing some inside industry knowledge and absorb some as well.”

As usual, the MARE BALTICUM 2020 summit will provide its attendees with the perfect networking opportunity for everyone in the gambling industry. Sales manager of Endorphina Valeriya Nasypova, who is responsible for the Scandinavian and Baltic markets will also be presented at the Summit. Will you be there to absorb the latest insights and discuss the trending topics of 2020 in person? Mark your calendar for August 6th 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia and meet Endorphina delegates there!

Want to learn more about the event? Be sure to visit https://marebalticumgaming.com. To learn more about Endorphina, the leading online slots gaming provider, check out their website at https://endorphina.com

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Games Factory Talents has teamed up with Nordic Game to bring you Nordic Game Talents.

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Looking to take your career to the next level in the games industry? Then, Nordic Game Talents is the place to be! Games Factory Talents has teamed up with Nordic Game to bring you Nordic Game Talents.

From Oct 27-29, the online and interactive event is dedicated to recruitment and career building in the creative & games industry within the Nordic region. The event empowers participants to be part of a bigger community and motivates them to explore new paths in achieving their career goals.

Hiring creative & games studios – Supercell, Funcom, Panzerdog, Tactile Games, Gamecan, Fingersoft, Dazzle Rocks, Redhill Games to name a few from the Nordic region will be participating in the event. These studios will share information on their latest projects, work culture and what it takes to be part of their team. The individual games associations from Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Estonia will share insights through live sessions on the booming games industry in their respective countries. Career development topics pertinent to job seekers like – How to have a successful first interview, Creative Portfolio reviews will also be discussed.

Experienced game industry professionals and individuals beginning their careers from around the world are welcome to join the event. One-to-one interviews with the hiring studios can be scheduled through the event platform. A great opportunity to get to know the studios and network with game professionals from around the world.

Participating in the event

As a job seeker attending Nordic Game Talents, take a few minutes to fill out a simple registration form. After filling the registration form you will receive a link to the online event platform – PINE, to join the event on 27th October. Participants joining Nordic Game Talents will also receive a free-of-charge pass to the Nordic Game Conference.

To view the complete agenda, please click here and to learn more about the event please visit Games Job Fair

About Games Factory Talents

A Helsinki-based talent attraction agency dedicated to the games & creative industry. Our services include direct recruitment, organizing game job fairs and managing a community of game industry professionals through our GameDev Talent Board.

To learn more about Games Factory Talents visit – Games Factory Talents

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Lithuania Approves Creation of Online-only Gaming Licences

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The Seimas, Lithuania’s legislature, has approved the first reading of amendments that would allow online-only gaming licences in the country.

At the moment, only operators that have a licence to offer land-based gaming can hold a remote gambling permit in Lithuania. Online-only operators must partner with land-based licensees to be able to offer gaming in the country. The new amendments to legislation would introduce a specific online licence that wouldn’t require a partnership.

Operators who wish to apply for a licence would need to hold at least €1.2m in capital in the case of casino gaming, or €289,000 and €144,000 in the case of online sports betting and online horse racing betting respectively.

Meanwhile, a new fee would apply to all kinds of gambling licences. Licensees must pay a fee of €1m on receipt of their licence and an additional payment depending on the type of licence. That payment would be €300,000 for slots, €100,000 for bingo and €500,000 for remote gambling.

The amendments would also require the construction of new slot halls, bingo halls and betting shops to be approved by municipal councils.

The first reading of the amendments was approved with 74 votes in favour, seven against and 39 abstentions. A second reading is still needed before the proposals become law.

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Lithuanian Gaming Regulator Imposes Fine of €10,814 on Unigames

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The Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued a €10,814 fine to operator Unigames for organising gambling “outside the gambling regulation”.

An inspection carried out by the regulator found that the combined betting function used by Unigames’ via a BetBuilder feature were outside of the requirements specified in the company’s rules.

The regulator determined that this product, which allows players to create their own multiple bets on single sporting events, was not permitted in the country.

A ban on various forms of gambling promotion – such as bonuses – was recently implemented in Lithuania in July.

A statement from the regulator said: “The company has been warned about the possible violation of the license… and is obliged to eliminate the violation within the set term.

“This is the second decision after the Gambling Act gave the Gambling Supervisory Authority the right to impose economic sanctions on gambling organizers.”

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