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European Gaming Congress merges with CEEGC to discuss 2020 in pioneering free event

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Hipther Festival sets its sights on bringing together gaming, AI, fintech and blockchain

We are set to merge our two key conferences this year into a week-long digital extravaganza.

With the virtual edition of the European Gaming Congress 2020 taking place between Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October, delegates will also be granted free access to the wider Hipther Festival taking place throughout the week from Monday to Friday, encompassing the fintech, blockchain and AI crossover.

Billed as Europe’s largest gaming compliance meeting of the year, the virtual European Gaming Congress will bring together EU / EEA and Balkan heavyweights to discuss the continent’s latest developments.

The two-day speaking track will be joined by representatives including the Maltese, French and Austrian regulators, as well as Altenar, Betano Stoiximan, Altenar, Nsoft, Focus Gaming News, Vixio, EGT interactive and Rombet.

While previous digital events for the gaming industry this year have focused heavily on networking and virtual booths, Zoltan Tuendik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events has made it his priority to bring a fresh approach that revolves around interactive discussions.

He added: We know that virtual / digital conferences are a new thing for many – however, based on the feedback from our community, we also know the repetitive format we’ve seen from recent industry events needs something new.

“We believe the future of digital events is all about informative, bitesize sessions that delegates can pick and choose from to suit their working day, as well as interactivity that allows like-minded delegates and speakers to interact after sessions.

“While it is with a heavy heart that two of our headline fixtures this year will need to be postponed, we’re very excited to be offering a new hybrid digital format for our community – designed to work perfectly around our industry’s busy schedule.”

With key sponsorship already confirmed from Altenar, Golden Race, Trustly and Nordic Gambling, delegates can find more information about the event here, as well as registering for the event at the following link.

CEEGC 2020

Gaming in Central and Eastern Europe in focus at #EGC2020VE with +10 industry experts from the region

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Central and Eastern Europe in focus at European Gaming Congress VE (Virtual Edition).

#EGC2020ve  The CEE gaming industry has been in the highlights of many media outlets and believe it or not there is always something big happening in this region.

In the Czech Republic: Just one week ago, Czech Lawmakers have voted in favor of a new decree to ban all electronic and mechanical gaming machines in the Czech capital. The decree awaits a nod from the city council.

If it gets the council’s approval, it will mean the end of all legal slot machines and video lottery terminals in the Czech capital once the current licensing period completes in 2024.

In Austria: The Austrian Financial Police have carried out a total of 278 inspections on suspected black-market gambling venues since January, resulting in the confiscation of over 660 gaming machines. Over half of the seized machines were found in Vienna, the capital city of Austria.

In a statement issued on July 28, Austria’s financial police set out the progress it has made this year towards a reduction in illegal gambling in the country. It made clear that the majority of illegal gambling activity is taking place in larger urban centers such as Vienna and Linz.

In rural areas, illegal gambling has been largely reduced – for example, in the states of Burgenland, Styria and Vorarlberg combined, only two devices have been found since January.

In Poland: The new figures published by Poland’s finance ministry have revealed that while the gambling revenue decline for the year to date, newly regulated products helped mitigate the falls in online betting and land-based gaming.

The gross gaming yield projections provided by H2 Gambling Capital revealed that the total for the year to June 11 is expected to fall 9.5% from 2019’s figures. This is significantly lower than the 19.6% decline projected across all EU markets.

Poland’s lower projected decline was due to the development of newly regulated verticals such as online casinos and land-based arcades. Online casino revenue grew 96.7% for the year to June 11, aided by growth from Totalizator Sportowy’s Total Casino site.

Also in Poland, ace football striker Robert Lewandowski has signed an investment deal with Movie Games, in a Polish manufacturer of sports-related video games, which has gained publicity during the coronavirus lockdown.

According to Movie Games, Lewandowski will become a shareholder in a company that is going to be started in launched by September to develop sports video games.

Lewandowski said in a statement released by Movie Games: “I see a huge potential in this segment.”

In Bulgaria: The National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially assumed the power of regulating the gambling industry in Bulgaria. The country’s National Assembly passed a resolution to this effect last month. It replaces the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

NRA Director Galya Dimitrova, who has the option to nominate a deputy to oversee the regulated gaming market, will be in charge of all proceedings.

The previous licenses will remain valid until they expire. NRA will process license applications and renewals within six months.

SGC was dismantled from the gambling regulation responsibility following several scandals, leading to the resignation of Chairman Alexander Georgiev in February after he was questioned in connection to an investigation into Vasil Bozhkov, owner of Bulgaria’s oldest betting operator, Eurofootball.

The is plenty of news to share about the Hungarian, Slovakian and Romanian gambling industry as well, but we will leave that to the professionals who will join the 3 special panel discussions at the virtual edition of European Gaming Congress 2020.

The virtual edition of European Gaming Congress 2020 is taking place between 6-7 October and gathers top names of the gaming industry who will present their insights to create Europe’s largest gaming compliance gathering.

THE EASY AND FREE REGISTRATION PROCESS IS SPONSORED BY ALTENAR AND YOU CAN REGISTER FOR FREE HERE!

The conference will cover +28 jurisdictions and you have the opportunity to dive into quality information about the CEE region via 3 special panels.

The “GAMING REPORT: CENTRAL EUROPE (PART ONE)” panel discussion will focus on the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. The discussion will be moderated by Jakub Kolomicenko (Head of the legal department at Endorphina) and will be joined by Jan Rehola (Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal), Ewa Lejman-Widz (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners), Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska (Legal advisor, Local Partner at DWF Poland), Jakub Myszkorowski (Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE) and Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor at WH Partners).

The “GAMING REPORT: CENTRAL EUROPE (PART TWO)” panel discussion will focus on Hungary and Slovenia under the moderation of Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor at WH Partners).

The discussion will be joined by Helembai Gabor (Attorney-at-law at Bird & Bird Hungary) and Jaka Repansek (Media and Gaming Expert, Partner at Hipther Agency).

The third panel discussion is going to focus on the updates from Romania and Bulgari and is titled “GAMING REPORT: EASTERN EUROPE”.

The discussion will be moderated by Ana-Maria Baciu (Managing Partner Simion & Baciu Law Firm) and will be joined by Dan Iliovici (Vice President of ROMBET – Romanian Gambling Organizers’ Association) and Georgi Dimitrov (Legal counsel at EGT Interactive Ltd).

You can find more details about the speakers’ and moderator bios below.

AS MENTIONED ABOVE THE EASY AND FREE REGISTRATION PROCESS IS SPONSORED BY ALTENAR AND YOU CAN REGISTER HERE NOW!

The HIPTHER FESTIVAL includes a full week of conferences that are designed to bring together innovation with compliance via several talks and discussions in multiple industries and will run between 5-9 October.

The festival includes the following conferences:

  • PICANTE Marketing Summit (#MS2020ve) – 5 October
  • European Gaming Congress (#EGC2020ve) – 6-7 October
  • PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (#TCE2020AutumnVE) – 8-9 October

The registration is free and you can attend all three conferences with just one registration!

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

For further inquiries about the speaking/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

Ana-Maria Baciu – Managing Partner Simion & Baciu Law Firm

Ana-Maria Baciu is a regulatory and intellectual property lawyer, assisting clients in various industries, including gambling, IT, e-commerce or pharmaceuticals, for more than 20 years.

In the gaming field, Ana-Maria has been guiding betting & gaming companies, solution providers, marketing affiliates, other companies with an interest in this sector and industry-relevant associations, on the full range of regulatory and operational gaming aspects.

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Ewa Lejman-Widz – Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners

Ewa is heading the Polish Desk of WH Partners as part of the strategic partnership under the WH Partners brand with Izabella Żyglicka and Partners, a very well reputed full-service law firm in Poland and a member of Ally Law.

Ewa is a business lawyer with over 12 years of experience. She assists clients on matters related to gaming and gambling, contract law, M&A and IT service market law.

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Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska – Legal advisor, Local Partner at DWF Poland

Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska is a corporate lawyer dealing with M&A transactions focused on the gambling and insurance sectors.

She advises clients from the gambling sector on setting up a business and obtaining a permit to run a gambling business in Poland, providing gambling services to Polish residents from other jurisdictions, organising promotional lotteries, organising betting transactions, distributing gaming machines, gambling components in computer games or lotteries, acquiring gambling companies and structuring cooperation between partners in such companies, outsourcing of gambling functions, restrictions on making payments or advertising activities in gambling, as well as matters related to gambling tax.

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Jan Řehola – Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal

Jan Řehola has over eight years of experience in the gambling field, both from the public and private sector.

He holds a Master’s of Law from Charles University in Prague.  Jan worked for four years for the Ministry of Finance – the Czech gambling regulator; firstly, as a Head of the Legal Unit and later, as a Director of Gambling Department.  In his work for the Czech gambling regulator, Jan was responsible for all gambling policy issues, including the drafting of new legislation, the issuing of gambling licenses and cooperation with other European regulators as a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Online Gambling.

After leaving the Ministry of Finance in 2014, Jan became a member of Petroš Sedláčková Legal and co-founder of the consultancy company BetOnSkill Consulting, a full-service international gaming consultancy.

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Georgi Dimitrov – Legal Counsel / Compliance Manager at EGT Interactive

Georgi Dimitrov is a legal counsel at EGT Interactive Ltd., with a focus on legal, regulatory and technical compliance matters related to the iGaming industry. He specializes in international gambling regulation and provides guidance on licensing and certification frameworks, policy drafting, and compliance processes. His line of work involves communication with focal stakeholders in the business such as testing labs, regulators and operators.

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Gábor Helembai – Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest

Gábor is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in the Budapest office of Bird & Bird. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters.

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Dan Iliovici – Vice President of ROMBET – Romanian Gambling Organizers’ Association

Dan Iliovici is the Vice President of ROMBET – Romanian Gambling Organizers’ Association, one of the most important associations of the industry.

With rich experience in the gambling industry, former President of the Romanian gambling regulator – The National Gambling Office.

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Dr. Robert Skalina – Senior Advisor at WH Partners

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.

Read in full here…

Jakub Myszkorowski – Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE

With more than 10 years of experience in the professional sport and betting industries, Jakub is now leading the Sales and Marketing operations at STATSCORE, a Polish company aiming at becoming the Biggest Sports Data Center in the world.

As a former football UEFA A coach and soccer performance analyst, he merges the best sports practices into managing the staff.

Read in full here…

Jaka Repanšek – Media and Gaming Expert, Partner at Hipther Agency

Jaka has worked for various TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment) companies since 1996. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on gaming, media and digital law in Slovenia. Jaka graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and gained his graduate degree from Cambridge University in England and Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Diploma in European Community Law) and completed two-year MBA graduate studies at the University of Kansas in the USA.

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Jakub Kolomicenko – Head of the legal department at Endorphina

Jakub Kolomicenko started his practice as a corporate lawyer and member of the Czech Bar Association but then he changed his focus and as an in-house counsel specializes in IP law and all aspects of gaming law

He is currently the Head of the legal department at Endorphina and works with a team that consists of highly qualified international professionals with many years of experience in online casino games creation.

Read in full here…

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CEEGC 2020

European Gaming Congress merges with CEEGC to discuss 2020 in pioneering free event

George Miller

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European Gaming Congress merges with CEEGC to discuss 2020 in pioneering free event
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Hipther Festival sets its sights on bringing together gaming, AI, fintech and blockchain

We are set to merge our two key conferences this year into a week-long digital extravaganza.

With the virtual edition of the European Gaming Congress 2020 taking place between Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October, delegates will also be granted free access to the wider Hipther Festival taking place throughout the week from Monday to Friday, encompassing the fintech, blockchain and AI crossover.

Billed as Europe’s largest gaming compliance meeting of the year, the virtual European Gaming Congress will bring together EU / EEA and Balkan heavyweights to discuss the continent’s latest developments.

The two-day speaking track will be joined by representatives including the Maltese, French and Austrian regulators, as well as Altenar, Betano Stoiximan, Altenar, Nsoft, Focus Gaming News, Vixio, EGT interactive and Rombet.

While previous digital events for the gaming industry this year have focused heavily on networking and virtual booths, Zoltan Tuendik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events has made it his priority to bring a fresh approach that revolves around interactive discussions.

He added: We know that virtual / digital conferences are a new thing for many – however, based on the feedback from our community, we also know the repetitive format we’ve seen from recent industry events needs something new.

“We believe the future of digital events is all about informative, bitesize sessions that delegates can pick and choose from to suit their working day, as well as interactivity that allows like-minded delegates and speakers to interact after sessions.

“While it is with a heavy heart that two of our headline fixtures this year will need to be postponed, we’re very excited to be offering a new hybrid digital format for our community – designed to work perfectly around our industry’s busy schedule.”

With key sponsorship already confirmed from Altenar, Golden Race, Trustly and Nordic Gambling, delegates can find more information about the event here, as well as registering for the event at the following link.

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Nominations stage open for CEEG Awards Budapest 2020 (28 September – The Ritz-Carlton Budapest)

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The nominations stage for the fifth CEEG Awards Budapest is now open.

We are excited to announce that the nominations period for the 5th edition of CEEG Awards, the most important and prestigious gaming industry awards in the CEE region is now open.

Companies interested can nominate their brands on the following link.

The awards ceremony is part of CEEGC Budapest, the most respected boutique-style gambling industry conference of the CEE, Balkans, and D-A-CH region, which will take place on the 28th of September 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest.

Based on the communications by the Hungarian authorities, all events, even with +500 attendees will be allowed starting August 15, clearing the way to host the event safely due to its setup.

So, make sure to book your seat in time in order to avoid disappointment. The conference will gather much of the industry from the above-mentioned regions due to the collaboration between the governments in regard to the border crossings.

In 2020, the categories of awards have been refreshed with many new exciting award categories being added to the list. You can view the full list of categories here:

  1. Operators (Casino): Best Online Casino
  2. Operators (Casino): Best Customer Support in Online Casino
  3. Operators (Sports betting): Best Sports Betting Operator
  4. Operators (Sports betting): Best Customer Support in Sports Betting
  5. B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider
  6. B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider
  7. B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  8. B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Sports Betting Technology
  9. B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Innovation
  10. B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider
  11. B2B Providers (Sports): Best Mobile Betting Provider
  12. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider
  13. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Innovator
  14. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider
  15. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider
  16. B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Online Casino Technology
  17. Connected Services – Payment Providers: Best Payment Service Provider
  18. Connected Services – Testing Laboratories: Best Testing Laboratory
  19. Connected Services – Best iGaming Service Provider (multiple connected services, including aggregators)

When it comes to our Budapest conference, we already talking about a tradition, and having the opportunity to work with so many great companies spread across the European continent is a plus. The CEEG Awards was created to reward the hard work of the companies in the CEE region, thus we feel that by refreshing the categories, we are able to reach more companies and honor them for their commitment,” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

The CEEGC platform will continue its mission with which it has been launched in 2016 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the CEE, Balkans, and D-A-CH region on a yearly base.

The agenda will include regulatory focused discussion mixed with trends of the gambling industry and the region, while the selection of speakers will once again include local/experienced speakers. In 2020, the conference will also feature round table discussions dedicated to countries/regions with leading experts.

The Early Bird rates are valid until June 30 and based on the resuming of international travel we are already planning to create hybrid tickets with which you can access the content of the conference or attend virtual meetings from the comfort of your home.

Book your Delegate Pass here!

– For further inquiries about CEEGC Budapest and CEEG Awards, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

Visit www.ceegc.eu  for more details!

– For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

You can view the full official image gallery from the 2019 edition on the following link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157711142443497

The audio recordings of the panel discussions are available for European Gaming PREMIUM Members.

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 the 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 gives us the possibility to find and create relationships, while also having the opportunity to 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 into 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

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