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MARE BULTICUM Gaming Summit ready to smash records with return of live events

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Two weeks to go until Vilnius summit – with 85% of tickets already sold out

European Gaming, Central and Eastern Europe’s leading betting and gaming media platform, is set to host this month’s soon-to-sell-out MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit.

With 85% of the event’s tickets sold-out with two weeks still to go, the Hipther-organised event will mark the return of the Baltic region’s first in-person gaming event since the onset of COVID in 2020.

The 5th edition of Hipther’s boutique European Gaming summit restarts its in-person format on May 12, 2022, in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the eco-friendly Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, located in the Baltic capital’s UNESCO-certified old town.

Promising a hugely impressive roster of regional thought leaders and regulatory authorities, the Tom Horn, Endorphina and Nordic Gambling sponsored MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit provides a unique open platform for stakeholders and industry operators, as well as a wealth of networking opportunities for gaming executives.

The event’s extensive roster of expert speakers includes Dainis Niedra (Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe at Enlabs), Kaido Ulejev (Commercial Director CEECA at Betsson Group) and Morten Ronde (Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling), with a whole host of further respected industry leaders confirmed to attend.

Alongside the summit is the BSG Awards, launched in 2019, which have become the most important gaming industry awards in the region after its reputation for being an independent, fair and representative awards event that recognises significant achievements within the industry.

With voting closed on 10th April, the shortlist sees a variety of betting and iGaming companies make the top 5 for its wide selection of highly competitive categories, including the likes of BetGames, Relax Gaming, Betsson, SIS and Kiron Interactive.

To provide a fully transparent process, the final winners of each shortlist category will now be decided by a special voting session held over the day of the conference.

Ahead of the conference, the 11th of May will also see the launch of TECH Meetup Baltics, landing the day before the conference, bringing attendees a full day of startups, SMEs, and large enterprises from the Baltic region.

Offering a wealth of insights across innovation and compliance, delegates will include high-level government officials, fintech, blockchain and cybersecurity experts, as well as multiple panel discussions and exclusive keynote presentations.

Set to mark its inaugural year, Hipther agency envisions TECH Meetup Baltics to become MARE BALTICUM’s sister event, which will tour the Baltics every year.

Commenting on the return of live events in the Baltic region, Zoltan Tuendik, Founder and Head of Business and Events at European Gaming and Hipther Agency said:

“With just two weeks to go, we’re ready to rock Vilnius with the region’s first proper in-person gaming conference in three years!

“While we were always sure MARE BALTICUM would be in high demand, we’ve been absolutely blown away by the amount of enthusiasm we’ve had from our friends and partners.

“I have no doubt it will prove to be an absolutely fantastic conference with a whole host of speakers and delegates set to deliver some of the best insights and discussion tracks available across the Baltics and Scandinavia.”

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Wazdan wins two awards at Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards

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Wazdan awarded the titles of the Best Slots Provider in the Baltics 2022 (B2B) and the Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology 2002 (B2B)

Wazdan, the innovative games provider, has won two awards at the recent Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards).

Wazdan was recognised in both the Best Slots Provider in the Baltics (B2B) and Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology (B2B) categories, highlighting the impressive reach the provider boasts across both regions.

The award recognised outstanding achievements in the regions across 28 categories, with the final results decided by delegates of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit.

Wazdan has enjoyed a positive start to 2022, releasing a number of thrilling new titles headlined by its new innovative slot, Magic Spins™, while also entering the recently regulated Ontario market.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “We’re extremely proud to have won two awards at the recent BSG Awards. The Baltic and Nordic regions are important regulated markets for us in Europe. We’re always looking to bring excellent gaming experiences to players and it’s fantastic that we’ve been recognised for our products.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of the entire team. Congratulations to all winners!”

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Lithuanian Regulator Imposes Fine of €6789 on 7bet

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The Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued 7bet operator Amber Gaming with a fine of €6789 for breaching the national laws brought in last year regarding the promotion of gambling.

An investigation from the Commission found that on 13 October and 4 November in 2021, and also on 4 February this year, Amber Gaming published content on its website that the regulator said encouraged consumers to gambling.

The Commission highlighted a number of statements that could be seen as promotional and content intended to draw players to gambling with the operator’s 7bet brand.

These statements included “Online casino: free spins and casino bonus” and “For those who want a greater sense of excitement, 7bet offers live real-time casino games. It gives you even more chances to win”.

Ruling on the case, the Commission said the published information was “aimed at drawing attention to the company, its offer, persuading and encouraging persons to participate in the company’s games”.

This, the regulator said, was considered to encourage participation in games and therefore breached Article 10 (19) of the country’s Ali.

It was established that the published information was aimed at drawing attention to the company, its offer, persuading and encouraging persons to participate in the company’s games, which is considered to encourage participation in games, therefore, the company violated the requirements of Article 10 (19).

Amber Gaming was also warned that similar breaches or failure to remove any promotional content could result in the operator having its licence in the country suspended.

The operator does have the option to appeal the decision.

Lithuania’s ban on gambling promotion came into effect on 1 July 2021, on the 20th anniversary of the Lithuanian Gambling Commission’s formation.

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Industry-leading Sports Betting Brand William Hill Launched in Latvia

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The internationally well-renowned sports betting and online casino brand William Hill rolled out in Latvia. A quick market entry was made possible by rebranding the local sports betting brand 11.lv.

Acquired by the William Hill Group in 2019, 11.lv has operated under a local license in Latvia since 2012, growing to a top 3 player in the online sports betting and casino market in 2021.

The rebrand coincides with some significant sporting events in Latvia, including the 2022 IIHF World Championship this month and the Responsible Gaming Latvian Cup (Latvian FA) – which William Hill financially supports.

The company also intends to leverage existing media partnerships with bespoke creatives underpinned by the William Hill brand concept of Brotherhood, centred around the power sports and betting have to connect people in a responsible environment.

“I am very proud of the work done building 11.lv brand in the Latvian market, becoming one of the leading brands in the country. This makes us well-positioned to take this strategic step, and we look forward to introducing one of the strongest brands in the industry and proving to our Latvian customers that William Hill is who you play with,” Nir Hakarmeli, MD of William Hill International, said.

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